The temperature at the Birmingham Airport (based on 5-minute data) has reached 73F at 130 p.m. This is exactly where we were yesterday, so a high of 75 or 76 looks likely.
There is a difference in temperature across the state with a cold front hanging around in the I-59 Corridor. Lower 70s are common along I-20 with middle 70s to the south. To the north, low and middle 60s are common.
There is a good supply of clouds across the area, but some sun is peeking through.
Regional radars are clear despite the presence of the front.
We stay dry overnight, but some showers may show up on Monday during the heating of the day. Highs will be in the lower and middle 70s.
Rain will slowly move in from the northwest during the day on Tuesday and might continue into Wednesday. That event should bring around an inch of rain, which will be greatly appreciated. Rain will continue in the forecast all week.
After a cold Saturday and Saturday night that never saw the mercury go above freezing for much of the area, the ol’ thermometer is making slow but steady progress today.
At the surface, the big blob of high pressure (top left panel) extends from a center over western Kentucky down into Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. At the center of the high, the barometer is well over 1040 mb, because right now, barometers adjusted to sea level are reading over 30.75 inches or 1041 mb.
You won’t see your home barometer that high around these parts very often.
Aloft, a huge trough is along the East Coast. Northwesterly winds on the back side of that trough are bringing some high clouds into the state, that are dulling the sun and slowing the melting process.
Roads that were ice covered or slushy overnight are slowly improving, but still slick in spots. Shady areas will be the worst. Heard reports of major problems still on Clairmont on Birmingham’s Southside and Overtone Road to the east.
A wreck on I-65 SB just south of Lakeshore has the southbound lanes backed up for over a mile. You may want to avoid that area. That accident may have been ice related.
280 East out of Downtown is still very slow and US-31 coming up or down the hill by Brookwood Hospital is still a mess. US-78 is problematic from Avondale to Oporto.
I-20/59 to Tuscaloosa is in great shape according to reports, but I-20/59 through downtown is a mess.
459 appears to be in good shape except southbound in the big curve near Liberty Park.
Roads are open but please use EXTREME caution. And just stay home if you can.
Saturday was still a mess across the Birmingham metro area as well as almost all of I-20 east of the city.
The sun tried very hard to fix things, working in conjunction with plenty of dry air was sublimation. But shade and temperatures that never reached freezing conspired against the process.
Problems continued through the overnight hours and into the early morning, with most of the problems affecting I-65 south of Downtown, the Red Mountain Expressway and I-20.
Here is a look at Google Map with traffic as of 7:53 a.m. Of course, areas in orange and red probably have icy spots that are slowing people.
Many churches have wisely canceled their services or delayed them.
Things will slowly get better this morning with a good supply of sunshine. But temperatures will climb only slowly through the teens and twenties this morning, reaching freezing by noon.
And highs will only top out in the middle 30s, so there will still be problems in spots.
Be careful if you must drive.
The NWS in Birmingham has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for all of Central Alabama. The NWS Mobile has a similar product all the way to the Gulf Coast.
This graphic shows the warnings issued by BMX and adjacent offices and the minimum temperatures expected tonight.
Temperatures are expected to drop to near 10F in colder locations tonight with widespread teens.
The NWS Birmingham issues Hard Freeze Warnings when temperatures are expected to drop below 20F.
LATE NOTE 1131
Highway 280 East is completely blocked at Lakeshore Parkway.
65 SB is completely blocked at Alford Avenue. Northbound traffic is crawling.
Sun is doing its job this morning, melting the ice on area roads, but many are still icy or slushy. Hills and shady areas are still a huge problem.
Conditions are slowly improving and road closures are beginning to be lifted. Jackknifed trucks are being removed and traffic is beginning to move at some of the major chokepoints.
But officials are urging everyone to stay put for now.
All major highways in the Birmingham metro have ice on them. I-20 is a big issue, especially between I-459 and Moody and again at Cook Springs.
Stay home until the sun and dry air have a chance to do their work.
Temperatures are warming into the middle 20s in the I-20 Corridor, but it is still 19F at Cullman.
Roads are a mess across much of Central Alabama this morning.
Please stay off the roads until at least noon.
The Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport is open but many flights have been canceled or delayed. Here is a list from their website: