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Severe Weather Survey

| 4:25 pm February 26, 2015

WeatherBrains Panelist Rick Smith, who is the outstanding Warnings Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, has been working with a couple of very bright OU senior met students on their Capstone project, which involves learning how people process and respond to severe weather information.

They developed a quick survey and are collecting responses for the next week or so.

Please take a moment to participate in the survey.

Event Winding Down

| 10:17 pm February 25, 2015

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Snow is limited to the northeastern quarter of Alabama at this hour, but it has been a historic storm for North Alabama.

A 1004 mb surface low moving across the northern Gulf of Mexico was the culprit. The bullseye was generally along the US-278 corridor south of the Tennessee River in North Alabama. A foot of snow fell across parts of Marion and Winston Counties, including 12” at Natural Bridge and 11” at Guin, Hamilton and Haleyville. Six inches or more of snow fell across a wide area from Etowah and Cherokee Counties on the east to Walker and Marion counties on the west.

The Huntsville International Airport picked up over 8 inches of snow from this event, making it the 4th biggest single storm event there and the third biggest single day total. It was the second biggest single day snow of record at Hamilton if the 11 inch total stands up there. At Haleyville, it is the fourth biggest single day snow.

Roads are hazardous tonight across a wide area where significant snow has fallen.

Areas from Lamar down into Pickens Counties across the areas from Decatur to northern Jefferson County and on Gadsden and Anniston on the east, travel is not recommended tonight. Check conditions carefully before attempting to head out in the morning.

Snowing in Homewood, Hoover, Vestavia…

| 7:34 pm February 25, 2015

Reports are starting to flow in on social media of snowflakes in Homewood, Hoover and Vestavia.

Here is the radar with the correlation coefficient product showing the snowing…

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You can see the areas where it is snowing behind the transition line.

FREEZING RAIN WEIGHTING TREES
There are increasing reports of freezing rain weighting down trees across parts of the Birmingham Metro area. A tree was reported down on Montclair Road at 52nd street and Birmingham PD is reporting lots of low hanging branches.

While this won’t be a big outage event…
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 Pigott about their commitment to their customers.

Stay tuned for more updates…

First 10″ Report

| 7:06 pm February 25, 2015

The NWS reports that there is 10″ of snow in Guin in Marion County. That is the first double digit snow report.

LATE REPORT
Phil Campbell has checked in with 10 inches snow as well.

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TUSCALOOSA
It sounded like a football game in Bryant Denny when the snow started on the University of Alabama campus. Students all hit their Twitter accounts simultaneously to rejoice.

It is snowing in downtown Tuscaloosa, on the University of Alabama campus and in Northport.

1-2 inches of snow should fall in Tuscaloosa.

BIRMINGHAM
Rain should change to snow in Birmingham around 8 p.m. It should snow for about 4 hours.

It is sleeting in Homewood and snowing in Hueytown.

The Birmingham area should see…
…6+” up around Warrior
…around 2-4″ around Gardendale and Fultondale
…around 2-4″from Hueytown to downtown to Leeds
…around 1-2″ from Bessemer to Hoover to Liberty Park and northeast Shelby County around Sterrett
…an inch or less across southern Tuscaloosa County, northern Bibb County, Central Shelby and Central Talladega County.

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 Pigott about their commitment to their customers.

Stay tuned for more updates…

Snow Reports

| 6:29 pm February 25, 2015

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And Now… A Tornado Watch!

| 5:51 pm February 25, 2015

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The low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico (1004 mb) is pushing a warm front into the Florida Panhandle. The SPC has issued a Tornado Watch for the Florida Big Bend area and extreme southern Georgia, including Panama City, Tallahassee and Valdosta. The tornado watch is shown in purple on the graphic.

Sorta reminiscent of the March 1993 Superstorm, just 30 millibars weaker!