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Warmer But Wet

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 08:44

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We have gotten the wintry mix behind us, so we can look forward to some warmer temperatures for the weekend. Unfortunately we’ll also have to contend with some wet weather and we might even hear some thunder with the rain. A complex surface pattern with lows in the Great Lakes and the Ohio River Valley were creating a wintry mess for people from Missouri to New England and the Mid-Atlantic States. This same low, however, has turned our wind to the south allowing us to warm up and put an end to the wintry mix of precipitation we saw Friday. Clouds and off and on rain today will hold temperatures down a little but we should climb well into the 50s.

A front will push its way through the Southeast late Sunday and into Monday which will bring us another potentially icy situation as the cold air arrives again as precipitation comes to an end. There is enough instability later today and Sunday that we may hear thunder with some of the rain. It does not look likely that Central Alabama would have any severe weather. Right now, and the forecast may change, it appears our best threat for wintry precipitation will come late Sunday night and into Monday morning generally along and north of the Interstate 20 corridor. With moisture sticking around in the southern stream of the jet stream, we could see another shot of winter weather Monday night into Tuesday, but we’ll take them one at a time.

The weather settles down a little from mid-week to the end of the week with a slight upper ridge to keep us at and above the freezing mark. Unfortunately, another strong short wave trough is forecast to move through the Central Plains late Friday and into Saturday, so next weekend is likely to turn wet once again. For now, we should be warm enough to see the precipitation come only in the liquid variety.

Looking out into Week 2 or voodoo country, there appears to be no lack of cold weather as we enter March, however, the GFS is advertising a pattern shift around the 7th or 8th of March which would put the coldest air over the western US and warm up the eastern US. But you know how the patterns in voodoo country can change dramatically from one run to another, so we’ll sit back and watch the trends to see how things actually go.

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Temperatures Slowly Rising

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 23:34

Temperatures are above freezing late tonight along and south of a line from Fayette to Birmingport to the Birmingham Airport to Talladega to Lincoln to Jacksonville.

A batch of light to moderate rain and freezing rain is passing out of Cherokee, Calhoun and Cleburne Counties.

Patches of light freezing rain continue across the Tennessee valley. Freezing rain was accumulating again around Scottsboro as well as in Huntsville at UAH and in Guntersville. There is 1.5 inches of snow and 1/8 of an inch of ice at Ider.

Temperatures should continue to slowly warm through the overnight hours across the area with the freezing rain gradually giving over to plain rain.

Roads will continue to be hazardous in areas that have received freezing rain, sleet and snow. Be very, very careful if you must travel.

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Freezing Rain Moving Across Northwest Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 20:06

Light to moderate freezing rain is moving across parts of Marion, Fayette and Walker Counties at this hour.

Temperatures are at or just below freezing across the area. Light accumulations of ice will continue to fall in these counties and into Cullman, Blount and northern Jefferson Counties over the next hour.

Southern parts of the Birmingham Metro should remain mainly dry. The temperature at the airport has now risen to 33F.

It just takes a little bit of freezing rain to produce virtually impassable roads and many roads in the affected counties already have ice from earlier. Please limit travel to only urgent trips if you can.

Temperatures should continue to warm overnight over areas west of I-65, but will be slow to rise above freezing in the Northeast part of the state where the wedge continues to pull colder air in from the northeast.

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Civil Emergency Message

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 18:41

Not telling you anything you didn’t know if you have been reading the blog, but Emergency Managers across the area have issued a Civil Emergency Message requesting people to limit travel to emergencies this evening and overnight in Northeast Alabama. They issue Civil Emergency Messages to trigger Weatheradio alarms and get the word out quickly to people who might not be aware.

There are numerous accidents and impassable roads in areas that received sleet and freezing rain this afternoon.

Additional freezing rain is a concern until temperature go above freezing overnight.

Here is the radar:

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
ALABAMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY CLANTON ALABAMA
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
528 PM CST FRI FEB 20 2015

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
ALABAMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY CLANTON ALABAMA AND INDIVIDUAL
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES. THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES ARE
IMPACTED BY WINTER WEATHER…MARION…WINSTON…FAYETTE…BLOUNT…ETOWAH
…WALKER…JEFFERSON…TALLADEGA…CLAY…RANDOLPH…CALHOUN…CLEBURNE
…CHEROKEE.

SEVERAL ROADWAYS…INCLUDING SOME MAJOR HIGHWAYS…ELEVATED ROADWAYS AND
LESSER TRAVELED ROADWAYS…ARE HAZARDOUS DUE TO A WINTRY MIX. SOME
OF THESE ROADWAYS HAVE BECOME IMPASSABLE. THESE CONDITIONS MAY PERSIST
WEST OF INTERSTATE 65 THROUGH 9 OR 10 PM AS TEMPERATURES SLOWLY
WARM ABOVE FREEZING. AREAS EAST OF INTERSTATE 65 HAVE A CHANCE OF
SOME MIXED WINTER PRECIPITATION AND HAZARDOUS ROADWAYS ALL NIGHT. THESE
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES REQUEST THAT TRAVEL BE LIMITED
TO EMERGENCIES ONLY FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF FIRST
RESPONDERS.

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Winter Weather Advisory Extended

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 18:18

The NWS has extended the Winter Weather Advisory until 9 p.m. for Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar, Marion, Walker and Winston Counties.

Temperatures have been slow to rise across these counties. It is still 32F at Jasper and 31F at the Birmingham Airport. It is 31F in Lincoln, 28F in Gadsden and 28F in Oxford.

Precipitation is increasing over Mississippi at this hour, mainly along and north of US-82. This activity is moving east at 30 mph and will push into Northwest and North Central Alabama beginning around 615 p.m. It will reach
…western Lamar County around 615 p.m.
…western Fayette County around 645 pm and Fayette a short time thereafter
…Northwestern Tuscaloosa Counties by 7 pm
…Western Walker County around 730 pm
…Western Jefferson/western Cullman Counties around 8 pm.

Warmer air is moving in from the southwest. It is 41F at Tuscaloosa and 34F at the Shelby County Airport. But for areas in the Winter Weather Advisory, the temperatures may still not be above freezing at the onset of the precipitation and more freezing rain could occur. This can cause serious traffic problems in a very short time as we have seen today.

To the east and north, travel is hazardous in spots. IN the Winter Storm Warning area of North Alabama including Madison, Jackson and DeKalb Counties, snow is widespread and roads are impassable. There are numerous accidents across parts of northern Jefferson, Cullman, Blount, St. Clair, Etowah, St. Clair and Talladega Counties. Check road conditions carefully if must travel before temperatures creep above freezing later this evening.

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Icy Travel North and East of Birmingham

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 16:15

Significant icing issues have developed north and east of Birmingham. I-65 northbound is shut down near Morris due to an overturned tanker containing formaldehyde.

I am totally sure this is related to ice, but it most likely is. Old Springville Road between Chalkville and Springville is very icy, and parts of the road have been shut down due to wrecks. Many cars are in a ditch.

Multiple wrecks have been reported on I-59 across Northeast Jefferson County. If you are traveling north or northeast of Birmingham, be aware of very ice roads.

This is I-59 at Argo

I have heard of no major issues along I-20 anywhere in Alabama. Most big problems will be north of I-20, with the possible exception of I-20 through Calhoun and Cleburne counties early tonight.

The good news is that warmer air is moving northeast… Tuscaloosa and the Shelby County Airport are above freezing.

The warm-up will continue through the night, and by midnight the greatest risk of icy roads and ice accumulation will be over Northeast Alabama… from Gadsden north.

More later…

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Roads Becoming Hazardous Across Northern Jefferson County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 15:25

The band of freezing rain and sleet moving across the northern half of Jefferson County is resulting in hazardous road conditions.

Gardendale PD is shutting down I-65 north and southbound at exit 275 because of ice according to John Talbot.

There is a wreck on the entrance ramp to I-65 north at Morris.

Areas from Adamsville and Forestdale over across Fultondale/Gardendale northward into Warrior, Kimberly and over to Pinson and Argo will be most impacted.

Here is the radar:

As the band passed through Walker County, ice accumulated on roadways across the county, causing multiple accidents.

From Walker County 911: Hwy 269 bridge at Copeland Ferry has iced over. Hwy 69 bridge between Jasper and Oakman has iced over as well.

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For Birmingham Commuters

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:35

Concerning roads in the Birmingham metro…

Temperatures remain below freezing across the Birmingham metro as of 1:00…

Tuscaloosa was warmed to 33, as you can see, but most others are still in the 20s.

Thankfully, the snow/sleet/graupel combination has been light and spotty so far, with most of the travel issues north of Birmingham. Here is a look at I-65 near Decatur (photo from @markpearce24)

If the rain/sleet/graupel combo changes to freezing rain (as we expect), road conditions could worsen in the Birmingham metro. But, for now, there are very few travel impacts. Just keep a close eye on the blog or my Twitter feed (@spann) for updates…

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An Update on the Central Alabama Weather Situation

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 13:38

It is colder than the models and forecasts expected early this afternoon across Central Alabama and that has led to concerns that icing could be a bigger problem than originally expected. The airmass over Alabama is still very dry, which is evaporating much of the precipitation, but it is also helping to keep temperatures colder too, as the evaporation causes cooling of the atmosphere.

The NWS responded by extending the Winter Weather Advisory across Central Alabama until 6 p.m. for Jefferson, Lamar, Marion, Walker and Winston Counties as light precipitation was moving across those areas.

Accidents are being reported in Lamar County from freezing rain that has accumulated to one tenth of an inch. David Wideman in Marion County is reporting that there is bridge icing on Hwy 43 between Winfield and Guin. There has been an auto accident on the Hwy 43 bridge, which is icy. Temperatures in that area are around 26-27F.

Freezing rain is being reported in Odenville in St. Clair County along highway 411.

The Winter Weather Advisory was continued through noon for Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, Sumter, Tuscaloosa. It has since expired since precipitation has been slower to materialize in these areas and temperatures will be warming above freezing more quickly.

The NWS at the Shelby County Airport sent up a special upper air balloon at 11 a.m. CST. It indicated that the cold temperatures extend all the way along the path of the balloon, meaning dry snow and snow grains would be the precipitation type. Further west and southwest, the balloon would have encountered some warmer temperatures aloft moving into from the southwest, explaining the sleet and freezing rain reports.

Here are surface temperatures at noon:

As you can see, temperatures are mainly in the upper 20s. Models like the High Resolution Rapid Refresh were predicting we would be above freezing at this point heading for an afternoon high at Birmingham around 37F. That doesn’t look like it is going to happen.

So far, the precip is light but it will be picking up through the afternoon and evening. The precip should change from sleet/snow grains to freezing rain eventually, then to all rain as temperatures warm slowly through the overnight.

Here is the radar showing precipitation type:

The teal color is dry snow, the pink color is ice crystals or snow grains. The green down in Tuscaloosa County was all rain.

Further north, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Madison, Jackson and DeKalb Counties where the colder air will be deeper and stay longer tonight. Decent ice accumulations of 0.2-0.3 inches could affect these areas along with one half inch of sleet and snow.

Sleet is being reported atop Monte Sano near Huntsville. Snow is being reported in Albertville, Scottsboro and Skyline. The City of Muscle Shoals is reporting most secondary roads are becoming treacherous. Primary roads (Woodward Av / Hwy 184 / Avalon Av) all are still passable. 1/10 of an inch of snow and sleet has accumulated near Florence. MSL airport reporting 1 1/12 miles viiibility in snow.

Town of Cherokee reports that secondary roadways are becoming slick north of town closer to the river. Heavy sleet being reported in downtown Cherokee at 12:28. A late report says that roads are reportedly becoming treacherous south of Cherokee at 12:34.

Numerous traffic accidents reported in Tishomingo County MS, which borders Colbert and Lauderdale Counties in NW Alabama. Tishomingo Co. is where Iuka is located.

In Middle Tennessee, an Ice Storm Warning is in effect for places like Nashville, Columbia, Cookeville, Crossville and Clarksville. One inch of snow and 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice is expected in the Ice Storm Warning area. Much of the rest of Tennessee is under a Winter Storm Warning.

The precipitation should remain relatively light and north of US-82 through 4 p.m. Heavier precipitation will move into West Alabama by then, but temperatures should be profiling warmer with surface readings above freezing. Here is the High Resolution Rapid Refresh subhoulry simulated radar reflectivity at 4 p.m.

The 4 km NAM shows a good depiction of where the freezing line should be at the surface then.

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Still Cold

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:57

Temperatures remain below freezing across much of Alabama late this morning…

The NWS Birmingham has extended the winter weather advisory for Central Alabama through tonight due to a slower recovery of surface temperatures.

So wintry precipitation has been light and spotty across the state; but we are beginning to see an increase in activity on radar, especially west of I-65.

There is some light snow accumulation up around Florence (photo from @sarahannemerson)

The concern is that the snow/sleet/graupel will begin to change over to freezing rain over the next few hours, which poses more of a travel impact. A special upper air sounding from the Shelby County Airport will give us additional information shortly on the state of the atmosphere above the surface (you can’t determine precipitation type by looking at a thermometer).

BOTTOM LINE: Isolated icy patches are possible across North and Central Alabama through the afternoon. In event we begin to see freezing rain, the road conditions will deteriorate more significantly. Still, this is nothing like January 28, 2014.

Here is an animated look at weather over the next 15 hours, via the HRRR model

TONIGHT: The primary threat of ice accumulation tonight will shift north, and the concern will be Northeast Alabama where there could be enough ice for scattered power outages, especially north of Gadsden.

TOMORROW: It will be much warmer with occasional showers; ice issues will end over far Northeast Alabama early in the day. Birmingham could see a high close to 60 tomorrow, and a few thunderstorms are possible tomorrow night.

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Winter Weather Update

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:37

This is an update for all of Alabama through tonight.

ADVISORIES: Winter weather advisories are up for much of North, Central, and Southwest Alabama.

THIS MORNING: The new winter weather advisories issued for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, Pell City, Alabaster, Clanton, Livingston, Demopolis, Greensboro, and Brent. It is important to note this is a relatively short term issue; temperatures will go above freezing in these cities this afternoon and any travel issues should not last long.

Very light areas of snow, sleet, and graupel continue to move through Central Alabama; this could lead to a few isolated icy patches on roads and bridges. So far the biggest issue reported comes from Sumter County, in West Alabama, where multiple accidents have been reported on I-59/20.

IMPACT THIS MORNING: Icy patches should be rather isolated in nature; however if the snow/sleet/graupel changes to freezing rain, then a much more significant impact is possible. But again, the good news is that this is a short term issue as temperatures should creep above 32 degrees at some point this afternoon in this part of Alabama.

This is NOT anything like January 28, 2014.

NORTH ALABAMA ISSUES TONIGHT: The advisories for North Alabama continue through tonight, where the colder air will persist. Light snow over North Alabama will slowly change to sleet and graupel, and then to freezing rain during the afternoon and evening hours. Icy travel is possible over North Alabama (especially north of U.S. 278) this afternoon and tonight. The precipitation will change to rain later tonight as warm air advection continues.

However, freezing rain could persist over Northeast Alabama much of the night, and a winter storm warning remains in effect for Jackson, DeKalb, and Madison counties, where the highest ice accumulation is expected. Some significant ice is also possible down into parts of Marshall, Etowah, Cherokee, Blount, and Calhoun Counties. There could be enough ice in spots for some tree limbs to come down, resulting in scattered power outages.

TOMORROW: Temperatures will be much warmer, and freezing rain issues in far Northeast Alabama should abate by mid-morning. We will rise to near 60 degrees with occasional showers; the most numerous showers will be north of I-20. Parts of South Alabama could touch 70 tomorrow afternoon. Then, thunderstorms are possible tomorrow night as another cold front approaches.

SUNDAY: Light rain is likely Sunday morning, and temperatures will fall through the 40s during the day.

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Mid-Morning Update

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:50

As you can see from the post below, forecast changes were made, and a winter weather advisory is now in effect for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, Selma, and Demopolis.

This post is for Central Alabama… the forecast for North and Northeast Alabama remains unchanged (scroll down to the early morning discussion for details).

TIMING: Mixed, light wintry precipitation, mainly snow, sleet, and graupel, will move across Central Alabama during the midday hours, with a gradual change to light rain late this afternoon and tonight as the atmosphere becomes warmer.

Temperatures should go above freezing at Tuscaloosa by 12:00 noon, and Birmingham and Anniston by 2:00 p.m.

IMPACT: It will be limited; only isolated icy patches on bridges and roads this morning due to the light nature of the snow/sleet/graupel. However, if it changes to freezing rain (rain falling in liquid form with surface temperatures below freezing), impact will be much higher and significant. While not likely, it is not out of the question.

These circumstances are not close to the event of January 28, 2014. Two entire different situations.

Stay tuned for updates….

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Winter Weather Advisory – Central Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:28

We stress over and over to “expect changes” in any winter weather forecast, and we have some this morning.

The NWS Birmingham has issued a winter weather advisory for parts of Central Alabama… new counties added are Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, and St. Clair. This includes Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston.

Wintry precipitation broke out this morning to the west, creating some unexpected freezing rain and ice issues for places like Jackson, MS. This precipitation is moving into Alabama this morning, and with sub-freezing temperatures the door is open for some impact this morning across Central Alabama (the forecast for North Alabama remains unchanged).

Snow/sleet/graupel should be light, but it will continue at times across Central Alabama this morning. Tuscaloosa reports 27 degrees, Birmingham 23 degrees at 8:00.

While no widespread travel impact is expected, some isolated issues/icy spots are possible this morning across West and Central Alabama. If the precipitation changes to freezing rain (rain that falls in liquid form with surface temperatures below 32), then impact will be much greater.

BOTTOM LINE: Light snow/sleet/graupel will continue across Central Alabama this morning; a few icy spots are possible, but widespread issues are not expected. However, if the precipitation changes to freezing rain, a much more significant travel impact is likely, and that is not out of the question.

NOTE: This advisory expires at 12:00 noon; temperatures in this part of Alabama should be above freezing by then.

The situation for North Alabama for later today and tonight remains the same… scroll down for the details on that.

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Eyes On Radar Trends

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:45

Light snow/sleet/graupel is seen on dual pol radar this morning over parts of Central and West Alabama…

We also note freezing rain over parts of South Mississippi; NWS offices in Jackson and Mobile have issued freezing rain advisories for some of their counties due to icing on bridges and some roads.

Here is a look at the HRRR model, valid at 10:00 a.m.

Light wintry precipitation (sleet/snow/graupel/freezing rain) will be moving through parts of the state with sub-freezing temperatures… we will need to watch radar trends and surface reports closely since things seem to be unfolding a little quicker, and farther south than expected.

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February 20, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 07:35
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Wintry Mix For North Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 07:27

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: There isn’t been much overall change in our short-term forecast for the next 24 hours. The NWS in Birmingham has issued a winter weather advisory for the northern-most counties in their county warning area, as potential for a “wintry mix” continues later today and tonight.

TIMING/PLACEMENT: Light snow/sleet should begin over North Alabama during the midday/early afternoon hours (11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.). The highest chance of this winter precipitation will be north of a line from Vernon to Warrior to Oxford. To the south, just some scattered light rain is expected.

The cold air over Alabama is very dry now (dewpoints 5-10 degrees), and precipitation amounts this afternoon will be light. Precipitation (which will be changing to freezing rain, and then rain), will continue at times tonight.

PRECIPITATION TYPE: Initially it should be light snow, and a slow change to sleet and freezing rain as the cold air becomes shallow, and warm air advection begins aloft. And, tonight, it will slowly change to rain from the west, with the exception of Northeast Alabama, where freezing rain could continue through the night. It can be very hard to scour out the Arctic air over Northeast Alabama thanks to the CAD (cold air damming) effect, and freezing rain can linger longer than you think.

ACCUMULATION: Snow amounts will be light, generally around 1/2 to 1 inch over the Tennessee Valley. The core issue is ice accumulation over Northeast Alabama, where up to 0.25″ is possible in spots. This is why a winter storm warning is up for DeKalb, Jackson, and Madison Counties.

IMPACT: Roads and bridges could become icy over parts of North Alabama this afternoon and tonight where the “wintry precipitation” falls… highest chance of travel issues will be along and north of U.S. 278, or north of a line from Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden. There could be enough ice accumulation over Northeast Alabama (mainly Jackson, DeKalb, and Cherokee counties) for some tree limbs to break away, resulting in some scattered power outages.

REMEMBER: As this unfolds today, the precipitation won’t exactly follow those clean lines on the maps we show… and the forecast can, and probably will change. Keep an eye on the blog today for updates. And, read the “10 things you need to know about winter weather forecasting” if you haven’t already.

TOMORROW: Freezing rain could linger over far Northeast Alabama into the early morning hours, but for most of North Alabama it will be just rain tomorrow. The good news is that it will be warmer; temperatures could reach 60 degrees in Birmingham, and parts of South Alabama could approach 70 during the afternoon. It won’t rain all day tomorrow, but occasional showers are likely, with the most numerous ones coming along and north of I-59.

TOMORROW NIGHT: A cold front will approach, and we could very well have some thunderstorms involved with a limited degree of instability. No severe weather, however.

SUNDAY: It looks like a day with temperatures going the wrong way. We start the day with low 50s around daybreak, and then we should fall slowly through the 40s with a chilly north wind. Rain remains possible, if not likely Sunday morning, but it should be light. Sunday afternoon and Sunday night are looking dry for now.

MONDAY: Yet another wave in the southern stream will bring the threat of some precipitation to Alabama. Looks like a cloudy day with temperatures in the 30s; the GFS hints the best chance of a “wintry mix” will be near, or maybe just south of the I-20 corridor during the day. It remains to be seen if this will have any impact on travel, it is simply too early to call. Just something to watch over the weekend. The latest GFS in hand (the 06Z run) suggests the main chance of wintry precipitation will come during the midday and afternoon hours.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: Another wave will bring some light rain Wednesday, and the following one could bring rain on Saturday February 28. Take some time to watch the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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February 19, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 16:58
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Winter Weather Issues For North Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 16:53

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FRIGID WINTER DAY: Birmingham’s official low this morning was 13 degrees… just missing the record of 12 for the date, set in 1958. Coldest observation I would find was 6 degrees at a site 3 miles south of Hamilton in Marion County (scroll down for a long list of morning lows). As expected, just about everybody across North/Central Alabama remains below freezing this afternoon despite the sunshine; Tuscaloosa is one of the few spots above freezing with 33.

WINTER WEATHER ISSUES TOMORROW FOR NORTH ALABAMA: Not much change in our overall thinking.

The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a winter storm warning for Madison, Jackson, and DeKalb Counties, along with a winter weather advisory for the rest of the counties up in the Tennessee Valley…

The NWS in Birmingham has opted not to issue any advisories for their county warning area at this point.

PLACEMENT: Greatest risk of wintry precipitation will be north of a line from Hamilton to Cullman to Piedmont. For now we do not expect any impact for Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston.

TIMING/PRECIPITATION TYPE: Light snow should begin over the northern quarter of Alabama (mostly north of U.S. 278… or north of a line from Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden) by mid to late morning tomorrow, with the precipitation slowly changing to sleet and freezing rain during the afternoon as the cold air becomes shallow, and warm air advection aloft continues. Freezing rain will continue over Northeast Alabama tomorrow night into early Saturday morning.

ACCUMULATION: Around 1 inch of snow is possible over the Tennessee Valley, and ice accumulations around .2″ are expected over the northeast counties, specifically Madison, Jackson, and DeKalb, where the winter storm warning is in effect. Some ice accumulation is possible down into parts of Blount, Etowah, Cherokee, and Calhoun counties, but it probably won’t be as significant.

IMPACT: Icy roads and bridges are possible tomorrow over the northern quarter of the state where the wintry precipitation falls. The greatest concern is the northeast corner of Alabama, where there could be a long duration period of freezing rain. The ice accumulation should be highest over Madison, Jackson, and DeKalb Counties. Maybe enough ice there for some scattered power outages by tomorrow night and early Saturday morning.

REMEMBER: This forecast can, and probably will change. Keep an eye out for future blog discussions.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be much warmer with occasional showers, especially along and north of I-20. The high will be close to 60 degrees; some communities down in South Alabama could see a high of 70 Saturday afternoon. We will maintain the chance of showers, and maybe even a thunderstorm Sunday as a cold front passes through.

NEXT WEEK: Models are not consistent in a wave that could bring some precipitation into Alabama Monday morning. There could very well be an issue with freezing rain or sleet early Monday for parts of Central Alabama, but there is no confidence in a specific forecast now. The 12Z GFS run shunted most of the precipitation to the south, but that could easily change again.

Most of next week looks cold and dry… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ALABAMA POWER IS READY, ARE YOU? Our friends at Alabama Power are monitoring the forecast closely, ready to deploy people and assets to quickly address any outages that might occur. Read a special message from Ike Piggot about their commitment to their customers.

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February Chill

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:49

Special thanks to the great folks at the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office at the Shelby County Airport for putting together a collection of low temperatures reported on this very chilly February morning.

By the way, the morning low of 13 degrees at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth Airport was only 1 degree away from the record low of 12 degrees for this morning set back in 1958. Today’s record high was 76 set in 1986, and at 12 noon we were 51 degrees away from that record.

ALABAMA POWER IS READY, ARE YOU? Our friends at Alabama Power are monitoring the forecast closely, ready to deploy people and assets to quickly address any outages that might occur. Read a special message from Ike Piggot about their commitment to their customers.

-Brian-

NOUS44 KBMX 191613 PNSBMX ALZ011>015-017>050-200412- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 1012 AM CST THU FEB 19 2015 ...FEBRUARY 19TH LOW TEMPERATURE REPORTS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA... LOCATION TEMP TIME/DATE LAT/LON ...AUTAUGA COUNTY... 2 SE PRATTVILLE (282 FT) 18 F 0636 AM 02/19 32.44N/86.43W 2 NE PRATTVILLE (417 FT) 19 F 0632 AM 02/19 32.49N/86.42W 1 NNW PRATTVILLE (359 FT) 20 F 0633 AM 02/19 32.48N/86.45W ...BARBOUR COUNTY... WEEDON FIELD AIRPORT 20 F 0558 AM 02/19 31.95N/85.13W CLAYTON (500 FT) 21 F 0600 AM 02/19 31.88N/85.48W 7 SSW FLORENCE MARINA STATE 22 F 0624 AM 02/19 32.01N/85.09W ...BIBB COUNTY... 1 ESE BRENT (219 FT) 18 F 0617 AM 02/19 32.94N/87.16W 1 NNE BRENT (362 FT) 19 F 0526 AM 02/19 32.96N/87.17W ...BLOUNT COUNTY... 1 WSW SMOKE RISE (843 FT) 11 F 0610 AM 02/19 33.87N/86.84W 1 S HAYDEN (557 FT) 13 F 0636 AM 02/19 33.87N/86.75W ...CALHOUN COUNTY... 2 E FORT MCCLELLAN (1049 FT) 12 F 0646 AM 02/19 33.72N/85.76W 1 NNW CHOCCOLOCCO (866 FT) 12 F 0631 AM 02/19 33.68N/85.72W 1 NNW FORT MCCLELLAN (767 FT 13 F 0620 AM 02/19 33.73N/85.79W 1 ENE BYNUM (633 FT) 13 F 0459 AM 02/19 33.62N/85.94W ANNISTON ARPT ASOS (611 FT) 15 F 0653 AM 02/19 33.59N/85.86W ...CHAMBERS COUNTY... FIVE POINTS (918 FT) 17 F 0610 AM 02/19 33.02N/85.35W ...CHEROKEE COUNTY... 1 W CENTRE (600 FT) 11 F 0530 AM 02/19 34.15N/85.70W ...CHILTON COUNTY... 4 NE THORSBY (738 FT) 16 F 0631 AM 02/19 32.96N/86.67W AL CLANTON 2 NE (584 FT) 19 F 0540 AM 02/19 32.85N/86.61W ...CLAY COUNTY... 3 NE LINEVILLE (1036 FT) 15 F 0623 AM 02/19 33.35N/85.72W 2 WSW ROSELLE (932 FT) 16 F 0606 AM 02/19 33.16N/86.09W ...CLEBURNE COUNTY... 4 NE LIBERTY HILL (805 FT) 11 F 0707 AM 02/19 33.89N/85.53W 2 W HEFLIN (908 FT) 13 F 0614 AM 02/19 33.65N/85.63W HEFLIN (1040 FT) 13 F 0628 AM 02/19 33.65N/85.58W ...DALLAS COUNTY... AL SELMA 13 WNW (193 FT) 19 F 0435 AM 02/19 32.46N/87.24W 1 SE SELMA (124 FT) 19 F 0524 AM 02/19 32.41N/87.02W AL SELMA 6 SSE (157 FT) 20 F 0450 AM 02/19 32.33N/86.98W SELMA (147 FT) 23 F 0530 AM 02/19 32.41N/87.02W ...ELMORE COUNTY... 12 S ROCKFORD (482 FT) 16 F 0628 AM 02/19 32.72N/86.24W 1 WSW DEXTER (1558 FT) 20 F 0500 AM 02/19 32.63N/86.17W 2 S TALLASSEE (229 FT) 22 F 0533 AM 02/19 32.50N/85.89W ...ETOWAH COUNTY... SARDIS CITY (1056 FT) 9 F 0557 AM 02/19 34.17N/86.11W 2 ESE GADSDEN (525 FT) 11 F 0629 AM 02/19 34.00N/85.99W GADSDEN MUNICIPAL AIRPORT 12 F 0655 AM 02/19 33.97N/86.09W 1 SW RAINBOW CITY (541 FT) 12 F 0618 AM 02/19 33.92N/86.10W 1 N GLENCOE (561 FT) 15 F 0629 AM 02/19 33.96N/85.93W ...GREENE COUNTY... AL GAINESVILLE 2 NE (107 FT) 20 F 0605 AM 02/19 32.84N/88.14W ...HALE COUNTY... AL GREENSBORO 2 WNW (280 FT) 18 F 0605 AM 02/19 32.72N/87.62W GREENSBORO (220 FT) 22 F 0800 AM 02/19 32.70N/87.58W ...JEFFERSON COUNTY... 1 NW TRUSSVILLE (1017 FT) 12 F 0628 AM 02/19 33.65N/86.62W 2 W VESTAVIA HILLS (1056 FT) 13 F 0709 AM 02/19 33.43N/86.84W 4 NNE PINSON-CLAY-CHALKV 13 F 0643 AM 02/19 33.74N/86.64W BIRMINGHAM ARPT ASOS (625 FT 14 F 0653 AM 02/19 33.57N/86.75W 1 NW HOOVER (855 FT) 15 F 0719 AM 02/19 33.39N/86.83W 2 NE HOOVER (574 FT) 17 F 0714 AM 02/19 33.40N/86.80W VESTAVIA HILLS (672 FT) 17 F 0712 AM 02/19 33.43N/86.78W 2 SE LIPSCOMB (140 FT) 21 F 0600 AM 02/19 33.40N/86.89W 1 WSW LEEDS (736 FT) 29 F 0410 AM 02/19 33.54N/86.57W ...LEE COUNTY... 3 SW OPELIKA (720 FT) 12 F 0540 AM 02/19 32.62N/85.40W AUBURN 18 F 0455 AM 02/19 32.62N/85.43W 2 NW OPELIKA (777 FT) 19 F 0541 AM 02/19 32.68N/85.40W 3 NNE AUBURN (708 FT) 19 F 0542 AM 02/19 32.63N/85.47W 2 ESE AUBURN (574 FT) 19 F 0642 AM 02/19 32.58N/85.45W WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLT 20 F 0800 AM 02/19 32.66N/85.45W 12 SE AUBURN (491 FT) 22 F 0509 AM 02/19 32.45N/85.37W ...MACON COUNTY... 9 ESE NOTASULGA (508 FT) 20 F 0526 AM 02/19 32.48N/85.56W 4 ENE TUSKEGEE (275 FT) 21 F 0549 AM 02/19 32.48N/85.64W 11 S AUBURN (446 FT) 22 F 0749 AM 02/19 32.43N/85.46W ...MARENGO COUNTY... 1 SE DEMOPOLIS (86 FT) 20 F 0620 AM 02/19 32.51N/87.83W LOCK AND DAM (100 FT) 21 F 0600 AM 02/19 32.52N/87.88W DEMOPOLIS MUNI (111 FT) 22 F 0555 AM 02/19 32.46N/87.95W DEMOPOLIS (121 FT) 22 F 0617 AM 02/19 32.52N/87.84W ...MARION COUNTY... 3 S HAMILTON (435 FT) 6 F 0700 AM 02/19 34.10N/87.99W 2 NNE BEAR CREEK (846 FT) 10 F 0639 AM 02/19 34.29N/87.71W 1 SSE WESTON (633 FT) 11 F 0708 AM 02/19 34.15N/88.03W 1 WSW WINFIELD (397 FT) 12 F 0700 AM 02/19 33.92N/87.82W 8 NW LYNN (807 FT) 13 F 0513 AM 02/19 34.12N/87.65W 1 SE WINFIELD (659 FT) 14 F 0602 AM 02/19 33.92N/87.78W ...MONTGOMERY COUNTY... MONTGOMERY DANNELLY FIELD 21 F 0453 AM 02/19 32.30N/86.41W 2 NE MONTGOMERY (232 FT) 21 F 0633 AM 02/19 32.38N/86.26W 5 WNW MONTGOMERY (167 FT) 22 F 0458 AM 02/19 32.38N/86.37W 10 SW SHORTER (269 FT) 22 F 0600 AM 02/19 32.28N/86.05W 7 WSW SHORTER (232 FT) 22 F 0622 AM 02/19 32.37N/86.06W 5 E MONTGOMERY (295 FT) 22 F 0619 AM 02/19 32.35N/86.19W 8 E MONTGOMERY (232 FT) 23 F 0547 AM 02/19 32.34N/86.14W 2 E MONTGOMERY (285 FT) 24 F 0638 AM 02/19 32.35N/86.25W ...PERRY COUNTY... 9 WNW MAPLESVILLE (511 FT) 17 F 0541 AM 02/19 32.83N/87.04W ...PICKENS COUNTY... 8 SSW ALICEVILLE (144 FT) 22 F 0914 AM 02/19 33.02N/88.20W ...PIKE COUNTY... AL TROY 2 W (472 FT) 21 F 0615 AM 02/19 31.79N/86.00W 1 E TROY (528 FT) 22 F 0715 AM 02/19 31.80N/85.95W TROY MUNICIPAL APT (399 FT) 22 F 0553 AM 02/19 31.78N/85.95W ...RANDOLPH COUNTY... 2 E ROANOKE (691 FT) 11 F 0630 AM 02/19 33.14N/85.33W 2 WNW WEDOWEE (934 FT) 14 F 0600 AM 02/19 33.33N/85.52W ...RUSSELL COUNTY... 2 SSW PHENIX CITY (282 FT) 24 F 0745 AM 02/19 32.44N/85.02W ...SHELBY COUNTY... 3 N CHELSEA (640 FT) 16 F 0713 AM 02/19 33.37N/86.64W 1 WNW HELENA (449 FT) 17 F 0600 AM 02/19 33.30N/86.87W HELENA (266 FT) 17 F 0620 AM 02/19 33.29N/86.85W 1 SE HELENA (486 FT) 17 F 0633 AM 02/19 33.27N/86.83W 1 ENE INDIAN SPRINGS VILLAGE 17 F 0556 AM 02/19 33.36N/86.74W 1 S HELENA (504 FT) 18 F 0806 AM 02/19 33.27N/86.86W 2 SSW PELHAM (452 FT) 18 F 0620 AM 02/19 33.27N/86.81W SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT 19 F 0553 AM 02/19 33.18N/86.78W ...ST. CLAIR COUNTY... 2 NNW MARGARET (1124 FT) 11 F 0707 AM 02/19 33.73N/86.49W 2 SSW MARGARET (800 FT) 13 F 0630 AM 02/19 33.66N/86.49W 1 NW RIVERSIDE (619 FT) 14 F 0646 AM 02/19 33.63N/86.23W MOODY (695 FT) 14 F 0627 AM 02/19 33.59N/86.49W ...TALLADEGA COUNTY... AL TALLADEGA 10 NNE (525 FT) 15 F 0625 AM 02/19 33.57N/86.06W 5 SSW BYNUM (641 FT) 15 F 0700 AM 02/19 33.54N/85.97W 1 ENE TALLADEGA (600 FT) 16 F 0729 AM 02/19 33.44N/86.08W WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLT 16 F 0700 AM 02/19 33.42N/86.14W 1 W TALLADEGA (576 FT) 16 F 0624 AM 02/19 33.43N/86.11W TALLADEGA 17 F 0635 AM 02/19 33.57N/86.06W SYLACAUGA 18 F 0615 AM 02/19 33.57N/86.06W WATER PLANT (490 FT) 18 F 0700 AM 02/19 33.21N/86.21W CHILDERSBURG (482 FT) 18 F 0635 AM 02/19 33.27N/86.36W ...TALLAPOOSA COUNTY... ALEXANDER CITY (640 FT) 18 F 0700 AM 02/19 32.95N/85.95W ALEXANDER CITY (686 FT) 20 F 0615 AM 02/19 32.91N/85.96W ...TUSCALOOSA COUNTY... LAKE VIEW (551 FT) 16 F 0550 AM 02/19 33.29N/87.14W 1 SSE TUSCALOOSA (227 FT) 16 F 0710 AM 02/19 33.21N/87.53W TUSCALOOSA (337 FT) 17 F 0605 AM 02/19 33.24N/87.54W AL NORTHPORT 2 S (150 FT) 17 F 0640 AM 02/19 33.21N/87.59W 2 WNW NORTHPORT (219 FT) 17 F 0633 AM 02/19 33.25N/87.62W 2 WNW VANCE (503 FT) 18 F 0629 AM 02/19 33.19N/87.27W 8 NE VANCE (636 FT) 18 F 0610 AM 02/19 33.27N/87.16W 6 W NORTHPORT (190 FT) 18 F 0607 AM 02/19 33.24N/87.69W NORTHPORT (209 FT) 19 F 0616 AM 02/19 33.25N/87.58W TUSCALOOSA REGIONAL AIRPORT 19 F 0553 AM 02/19 33.22N/87.61W ...WALKER COUNTY... 3 NNE PARRISH (464 FT) 13 F 0629 AM 02/19 33.77N/87.27W 2 ENE JASPER (480 FT) 15 F 0611 AM 02/19 33.86N/87.24W JASPER 16 F 0615 AM 02/19 33.92N/87.31W WALKER CO. AIRPORT (486 FT) 17 F 0830 AM 02/19 33.91N/87.31W ...WINSTON COUNTY... ADDISON (766 FT) 3 F 0630 AM 02/19 34.20N/87.18W 3 NNE HALEYVILLE (931 FT) 7 F 0656 AM 02/19 34.28N/87.60W OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL. $$ NWS BIRMINGHAM AL
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Alabama Power Is Ready. Are You?

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 08:40

The following useful preparedness content is provided by our friends at Alabama Power. Their generous sponsorship helps make AlabamaWX’s content possible.

From Ike Pigott,
Alabama Power

When it comes to outages, the most important one is the one at your house. As Alabama Power strives to serve 1.4 million customers, we recognize that every service interruption is an inconvenience – and even more so when the temperatures are extreme. While we aren’t anticipating a significant number of additional outages from the cold, we will be ready to minimize those ordinary outages that can occur.

As you know, winter weather can be tricky to forecast. We will be monitoring those shifts in the forecast throughout the upcoming event, and will take the appropriate steps to ensure we are able to meet the need. That might mean:

· Having crews come in early to avoid travel issues, and being on standby.
· Installing snow chains or other equipment.
· Shuffling crew assignments, bringing in extra personnel from other areas of the state.

Whatever steps are required, we will be able to scale up (or down) as the conditions change.

If you’re interested in some tips on how to prepare for winter weather, we have a free e-book you can download. You’ll find advice on how to get ready, be safe, and stay warm in as energy-efficient a manner as possible.

Finally, if you do end up experiencing an outage, we’ve expanded the ways you can reach us:

· Call our hotline, at 800-888-2726.
· Find us on Facebook or Twitter (reps are monitoring from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends).
· Use the Alabama Power app, available on iPhone and Android.
· Report it through the mobile site, at alabamapower.com.

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