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Bill Murray is the President of The Weather Factory. He is the site's official weather historian and a weekend forecaster. He also anchors the site's severe weather coverage. Bill Murray is the proud holder of National Weather Association Digital Seal #0001 @wxhistorian

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Winter Weather Advisory for Cherokee County

| 10:06 am February 9, 2016


The NWS in Birmingham has issued a winter weather advisory for Cherokee County. It will remain in effect until 9 p.m.

Beverly Daniel from Cherokee County EMA reports there is a good dusting in most places on the mountain. Getting reports of heavier snow in the very northern part of the county north of Gaylesville. She also reports that County Road 48 going up the mountain from Al Hwy 273 is covered with snow.

There is quite a bit of snow upstream from Cherokee County as well that will be rotating through over the next couple of hours.

If you must travel across Cherokee County, please use extreme caution.

Flakes are Flying!

| 9:07 am February 9, 2016

LATE REPORT at 9:12:
US-231 closed at Brindley Mountain in northeastern Morgan County. Traffic is a nightmare in that area.

The highway 231 bridge over the Tennessee River is closed according to EMA.


Flakes are flying across North and Central Alabama this morning. Our favorite flake @spann is getting greetings from far and wide. The one above is courtesy of @michaelsteeley in Pigeon Forge TN.

The image below is the Birmingham radar on the left, the Hytop radar in North Alabama on the right, showing the hydrometeor classification algorithm display, with lots of light snow flurries and showers showing up.


Indeed, snow showers are affecting Central Alabama this morning, with reports of big, fluffy flakes from all sorts of places like Helena and Mountain Brook and Hoover and Pell City. There aren’t many of them, and certainly not enough to cause trouble for now. The heaviest concentrations are over southern Walker, southwestern Jefferson and northeastern Tuscaloosa Counties with another concentration over southern Blount and northeastern Jefferson Counties.

Pretty much if you are in Walker, Blount, Jefferson, eastern Tuscaloosa northern Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Calhoun and Clay Counties, you are probably seeing a few flakes.

No travel problems are being reported or are expected across Central Alabama.

To the north and northeast it is a different story. Winter weather advisories are in effect for Jackson and DeKalb Counties in Northeast Alabama, with hazardous conditions being reported there. The NWS Huntsville is holding off on issuing a winter weather advisory for other counties.

Jackson County: 2 inches of snow at Dutton. This image is courtesy of @ToddHu02.

Dutton AL @toddhu02

Ice is reported on the Hwy 35 bridge crossing the Tennessee River in Scottsboro. And highway 35 is snow covered going across the top of Sand Mountain. This image is coming out of Section on Hwy 35 (courtesy of @Sheri_Buckner).


Madison County: bridges are covered in snow and beginning to ice. Some rural secondary roads are slushy. Schools are now closed there.

Morgan County: Jason Simpson relayed a report of 2 inches of snow on the ground in Lacey’s Springs.

DeKalb County: Highway 75 snow covered at Sylvania. Schools are closed and roads are hazardous. Here is an image from Fyffe via @JTijsma.


Here is a pretty picture from Crossville in DeKalb County from Jason Holcombe.


The snow shower machine should continue through midnight tonight. Interestingly, south of a line from Union to Brent to Thorsby to Dadeville, people are wondering what in the heck we are talking about. South of that line, skies are perfectly clear!

Winter Weather Advisories to our Northeast

| 10:59 pm February 7, 2016
Snow accumulation amounts and winter weather advisories.

Snow accumulation amounts and winter weather advisories.

Winter weather advisories (WWA) have been issued for Monday through much of Tuesday for a wide area to the northeast of Alabama. Here’s a rundown of some expected conditions.

Places like Crossville and Cookville could see 1-2 inches of snow. Morristown and the Tri-Cities could see 1-3 inches. Knoxville and Cleveland are oficially NOT in the WWA at this time, but Knoxville could pick up 1.5 inches of snow as well. Travel into eastern Tennessee may become difficult Monday night into Tuesday.

The mountains of North Georgia could see 1-2 inches of snow in places like Chatsworth, Ellijay and Dahlonega. Black ice will be a problem.

5 inches of snow is possible in Gatlinburg, with higher amounts at higher elevations.

Only an inch of snow is expected in Asheville. Boone should get 2-3 inches.

Some of the highest amounts will be in the mountains of west Virginia, where as much as ten inches

Rain showers will transition to snow showers late Monday afternoon and a few snow showers will continue through the overnight hours with even a few snow flurries into Tuesday morning. The best chance for any accumulations will be over the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama, from Huntsville to the east. But any areas that see persistent snow showers could get a dusting.

The deep low east of Wilmington NC tonight has intensified to 980 millibars. It will bring high winds of 60 mph and heavy snows to Cape Cod on Monday. 18 inches or more of snow may fall.

Super Sunday

| 3:34 pm February 7, 2016

Super Bowl L doesn’t quite have the ring to it that Super Bowl XLIX did, so the NFL ceased using Roman numerals to describe their Championship game.


The weather in San Jose for this evening’s game will be perfect, with kickoff temperatures around 70F. Skies around the Bay Area are crystal clear and will remain that was for the game. Winds will be out of the northwest at about 7-8 mph. That could be a bit of a factor as the stadium is oriented northwest-southwest with some breaks in its bowl behind the goal lines.


Here in Alabama, clear skies prevail this afternoon, except for some high clouds skirting our northern border. Clouds have thickened to the northwest however, and cover a good bit of Arkansas, spilling into western Tennessee and northern Mississippi. Temperatures are in the 50s across the state from one end to the other, although the mercury was perilously close to 60F at Evergreen last hour.

Our winds are light out of the north, in response to an explosively deepening low pressure center east of Charleston this afternoon.

To the west, we see a cold front approaching Little Rock. That front will push through Central Alabama tomorrow. We start off in the upper 30s in the morning and rise in to the lower or middle 40s before colder air starts to spill in, driving the mercury back into the 30s by dark. There could be a few light rain showers with the front as it moves through during the morning hours. As colder air moves in, there could be a few snow showers late tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night, with some snow flurries on Tuesday. We shouldn’t see any accumulations around here. Places from Huntsville eastward into Northeast Alabama could wee a whitened ground tomorrow night into Tuesday, with the attendant icy patches.

The main story will be the cold: We won’t get out of the 30s on Tuesday and many places will stay there on Wednesday. 40s will still be the rule Thursday and Friday. Lows Monday night will be in the middle and upper 20s with wind chills in the teens. Lows will be in the middle 20s Wednesday and Thursday.

The rest of the week will be mainly dry, although there could be a few showers (rain or snow) late Thursday night into early Friday. Doesn’t look like a problem at this time. But as we always say in the Weather Office, we will be watching.

Flooding Concerns in Birmingham Metro

| 12:52 am February 3, 2016

We continue to monitor Jefferson County for flooding concerns. The NWS has issued an Areal Flood Advisory for Bibb, Jefferson, Shelby [AL] till 4:45 AM CST.

Village Creek in Ensley is at 8.33 feet. That is just below the level where minor flooding occurs.

Here is a graph of the gauge:


Here is the NWS Birmingham’s experimental inundation map:


Five Mile Creek is near bankful over northern Jefferson County as well.

Our line of storms is approaching the City of Birmingham at this hour. Very heavy rains and gusty winds will accompany it.

Winds gusted to 46 mph as the line of storms passed Tuscaloosa, so scattered wind damage is possible.

A tornado watch remains in effect until 4 a.m.