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A Nice Saturday Afternoon

| 2:48 pm February 28, 2015

Overall, it is not a bad Saturday afternoon of weather in Central Alabama. We are seeing more sun than clouds, and that sunshine is warming things up this afternoon. There are clouds building back in over the Wiregrass Region of the state in the southeastern part of the state, and these are moving north. Elsewhere, there are a few areas of clouds, but for the most part, most of us are seeing a gorgeous afternoon.

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Where the sun is out, we are seeing mild temperatures for many locations as there are more 60s on the maps this afternoon. We do note a couple of things. It remains cooler in areas of the Tennessee Valley even though they are seeing plenty of sun, but some of the areas still have snow on the ground. The snow should finish melting away today, especially with temps in the 50s and 60s. Also, where there is cloud cover is in the Wiregrass Region, temps are being held down here as well.

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Heading into the overnight hours, we will see the clouds build in across the rest of state. Those clouds will prevent temps from dropping so low tonight, and many spots will stay in the lower 40s for overnight lows. Enjoy the warm weather and sunshine today; we are in for another active week of weather ahead.

Civil Emergency Message Issued for Portions of Central Alabama

| 8:38 pm February 25, 2015
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THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
ALABAMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY CLANTON ALABAMA.

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...WINSTON...JEFFERSON...PICKENS.

NUMEROUS ROADWAYS...INCLUDING SOME MAJOR HIGHWAYS...ARE HAZARDOUS
DUE TO SNOW AND ICE. SOME OF THESE ROADWAYS HAVE BECOME IMPASSABLE.
THESE CONDITIONS MAY PERSIST THROUGH 6AM. THESE COUNTY EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AGENCIES REQUEST THAT TRAVEL BE LIMITED TO EMERGENCIES
ONLY FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF FIRST RESPONDERS.

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.

Snow Falling in Birmingham

| 8:01 pm February 25, 2015

Well after a bit of a delay, we have finally seen the rain transition to all snow in Jefferson County. Social media is a buzz with very heavy, wet snow falling throughout the Birmingham Metro. Pictures are flowing in of snow covering the ground in many areas and sticking to most surfaces.

The rain/snow line continues to sink towards the southeast, and forecast totals look to be right on track. The snow will continue to fall the next few hours. Temps will be dropping tonight, so we are not expecting a lot of melting. Travel is becoming hazardous, and is not advised. It will be mid to late morning before we see out temps climb above freezing and conditions improve. Enjoy the snow!

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Rain to Transition to Snow Soon

| 11:25 am February 25, 2015

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AREAS AFFECTED…SW AR…NRN MS…NW/N-CNTRL AL

CONCERNING…HEAVY SNOW

SUMMARY…AREA OF RAIN EXTENDING FROM SW AR EWD INTO N-CNTRL AL IS
EXPECTED TO GRADUALLY TRANSITION TO SNOW THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON.
AFTER THIS TRANSITION…SNOWFALL RATES AROUND 1 INCH PER HOUR WILL
BE POSSIBLE.

DISCUSSION…CURRENT OBSERVATIONS SUGGEST MUCH OF THE PRECIPITATION
ACROSS SE AR AND FAR NE LA IS SNOW WHILE PRECIPITATION ACROSS AREAS
FARTHER E IS STILL RAIN — I.E. THE RAIN/SNOW LINE IS ROUGHLY THE MS
RIVER. THIS RAIN/SNOW TRANSITION LINE IS EXPECTED TO MOVE EWD AS THE
MID-LEVELS COOL IN RESPONSE TO THE EWD PROGRESSION OF THE SHORTWAVE
TROUGH CURRENTLY OVER CNTRL TX. ADDITIONALLY…AS THIS SHORTWAVE
MOVES EWD…THE SYSTEM WILL TREND TOWARDS A MORE NEUTRAL OR POSSIBLY
A SLIGHT NEGATIVE-TILT. RESULTANT STRONG ISENTROPIC LIFT WILL
CONTINUE TO PROMOTE PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE REGION WITH THE
POSSIBILITY OF HEAVY SNOW — SNOWFALL RATES GREATER THAN 1 INCH PER
HOUR — ONCE THE TRANSITION TO SNOW OCCURS. BEST ESTIMATES PLACE
THIS TRANSITION LINE OVER CNTRL MS BY 19Z AND NW AL BY 21Z. GIVEN
THE SENSITIVITY OF PRECIP TYPE CHANGES TO SMALL TEMPERATURE
CHANGES…A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW IS PROBABLE BEFORE A TRUE
TRANSITION TO ALL SNOW.

Late Morning Update

| 11:10 am February 25, 2015

First some good news, the winter storm warning has been dropped for the southern line of counties. However, it has been replaced with a winter weather advisory, but still these areas could see some impacts on travel from wintry precip.

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Now as the rain continues to fall, we are getting reports of snow and sleet mixing in with the rain across Central Alabama. There are reports of some glazing on surfaces in northwest Alabama and this may be an issue the next several hours, before we see the transition to snow. Once again, very little changes in our overall thinking, as the rain and sleet will become all snow this afternoon.

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Heavy snow fall is being reported across Central Mississippi, southern Arkansas, and northern Louisiana. We will see this area of snow moving into Alabama. As stated earlier, this will be a significant winter storm for portions of Alabama.

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Mid-Morning Radar Check

| 9:27 am February 25, 2015

A very busy day of weather is underway across the state. A large precipitation shield is spreading east into the state. We are beginning to get numerous reports of a rain/sleet mix across West-Central Alabama. Once again, this is what was expected. Farther to the west, snow is increasing across Arkansas with event some thunder and lightning mixed it. Through the morning, we will continue to see precip spreading east, and with the dynamic processes of the atmosphere, we will see the transition to snow. A reminder, the temperatures do not have to be below freezing at the surface to see snow or sleet fall.

The precip will begin falling heavier and will be dragging colder air down from the upper-atmosphere, which will allow for snow to reach the surface. We are in store for many hours of frozen precip across the state. We have been saying that the southern edge of the snow accumulations will be a very tight gradient, and a few miles will make a big difference. Interstate 20 still looks to be the main defining line. To the north, U.S. 278 from Hamilton, Cullman, and Gadsden still appears to be where the highest snowfall totals will be.

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REMEMBER: With any winter weather event in Alabama, THERE WILL BE SURPRISES! There are going to be happy people today as well as disappointed people. Nevertheless, this is a significant winter weather event for the North-Central Alabama which will cause travel impacts and could produce some power outages.

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.