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Band of Heavy Sleet Affecting I-59 Corridor

| 12:57 pm March 5, 2015

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A band of moderate to heavy sleet is affecting many communities in a southwest to Northeast line from Sumter and Greene Counties through Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Shelby, southern Blount, southern Etowah, St. Clair and Cherokee Counties.

It is sleeting like crazy now in places like Hoover, Bessemer, Helena and Mountain Brook.

It is 32F at the Tuscaloosa Airport, 30F at the Birmingham Airport. In fact, most of the stations in the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham areas are now at or below freezing.

Roads are just wet for now in the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa metro areas but it is beginning to accumulate on raised and exposed objects like decks.

Travel is not recommended now in the affected areas.

32F at Birmingham, Tuscaloosa

| 12:05 pm March 5, 2015

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The temperature has reached 32F at the Birmingham International Airport and the Tuscaloosa Airport as well.

Sleet is being reported in parts of the Birmingham metro area.

Precipitation upstream is beginning to diminish, but periods of sleet and some freezing rain will affect the area from Pickens across Tuscaloosa, Jefferson and Shelby Counties over the next two hours.

Roads may become slick in areas that receive freezing rain and heavier sleet.

Sleet Reports Increasing

| 11:33 am March 5, 2015

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Reports of sleet are becoming more common across Walker and northern Tuscaloosa and Jefferson Counties at this hour.

In the past 15 minutes, sleet has been reported at Coker in northern Tuscaloosa County as well as in the cities of Northport and Tuscaloosa. Steady sleet is reported in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Sleet is being reported as far south as Livingston in Sumter County.

Sleet is being reported in Dora, as well as in Kimberly and Hayden. Sleet is being reported around Lake Tuscaloosa.

It was 35F at the Birmingham Airport with sleet being reported last hour, but now it is down to 34F

If you are not where you are going to be this afternoon, now would be a good time to do so in the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham area.

Flirting with Freezing

| 10:42 am March 5, 2015

We continue to monitor observations across the area as we are flirting with freezing in many locations of Central Alabama. Much of the Interstate 59 corridor continues to sit right above freezing with a very cold rain falling, and if it will stay in the mid-30s, we are going to be a good shape until later this evening. However, we are still expecting the cold air to win the battle and continue a southeastward progression.

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Precipitation will persist through much of the afternoon, and it should begin to wind down by this evening. Temps will be dropping tonight well down into the 20s, so no matter what occurs today, there will be areas of ice develop tonight. Through the afternoon, we are expecting some travel issues to develop as temps fall. Bridges and elevated areas will be first to see these issues develop.

Locations in Northwest Alabama are seeing lots of frozen precip and travel issues, with temperatures in these areas in the lower to mid-20s. The sub-freezing air is ever so slowly sliding southeast and once temps fall below freezing at your location today, do not expect them to climb back above freezing until mid-morning Friday.

From the get go, it has been how fast the freezing line makes it south, on determining what kind of day we will have. A couple of degrees is and will be making all the difference today. Stay safe!

Continuing to Watch the Thermometer

| 10:30 am March 5, 2015

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Another surge of colder air seems to be pushing into West Alabama at this hour.

Temperatures have dropped to near freezing in the Jasper area in Walker County.

It is still 37F at Tuscaloosa Regional, but the precipitation has changed to freezing rain at Coal Fire in Pickens County according to the NWS. It is 30F at Millport in southern Lamar County.

Right now, roads are still ok in the Birmingham Metro area, but there is still another wave of precipitation over Central Mississippi from Natchez to Jackson to Philadelphia to Macon. There are numerous accidents in Hinds County MS on the west side of Jackson. It is 29F at Jackson now.

We still expect the colder air to move in before the precipitation ends in the I-59 corridor from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Gadsden. But it is an uncomfortable waiting game for now.

Tonight will be very cold across the area, with teens over northwestern and northern sections, readings near 20F in the I-59 corridor and lower 20s to the south and southeast.

Freezing Line Holding…For Now

| 9:57 am March 5, 2015

The freezing line is holding just north of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Gadsden this hour, as if I-59 is some sort of fence.

Here are the latest temperatures:

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As you can see by the regional radar, there is still lots of precipitation to our southwest.

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As long as temperatures remain at 34-36F, roads will be ok. But there is still a lot of cold air to our west and northwest that is poised to move into the area. We will continue to monitor temperature trends and road reports in the I-59 corridor.

Icing is bad over Northwest and North Alabama, down into Lamar County.