Category: Winter Weather

Winter Weather Advisory for Northeast Alabama from 6PM Tonight Through 7AM Sunday

Winter Weather Advisory for Northeast Alabama from 6PM Tonight Through 7AM Sunday

| March 11, 2017 @ 2:54 pm

Half an inch to 1 inch of snow are possible in the higher elevations with less than a half an inch in the valley locations.

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Big Winter Storm for the East Coast Early Next Week

Big Winter Storm for the East Coast Early Next Week

| March 11, 2017 @ 2:53 pm

A major winter storm is expected to develop Monday and wallop the Northeast U.S. with major snowfall.

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Travel Problems to the North Tonight

Travel Problems to the North Tonight

| March 11, 2017 @ 2:52 pm

Travel problems are expected tonight across areas to the north of Alabama as a wintry mix forms along the northern side of a precipitation shield.

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Where Did the Cold Come From?

Where Did the Cold Come From?

| January 8, 2017 @ 11:27 am

Ever wonder where the air in your location actually came from? Well, using the NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) HYSPLIT model, you can do just that. The HYSPLIT model is a complete system for computing simple air parcel trajectories as well as complex transport, dispersion, chemical transformation, and deposition simulations. HYSPLIT continues to be […]

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Roads Still Icy in Spots;  Many Churches Canceling or Delaying Services

Roads Still Icy in Spots; Many Churches Canceling or Delaying Services

| January 8, 2017 @ 7:55 am

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 […]

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Winter Weather Advisory, Watch and Warning Criteria Explained

Winter Weather Advisory, Watch and Warning Criteria Explained

| January 8, 2017 @ 5:00 am

A lot of confusion results from the criteria that triggers the various types of winter weather advisories, watches and warnings. We have to remember that… A WATCH for winter weather means that there is the potential for hazardous wintry conditions to occur within the next 24 to 72 hours A WARNING means hazardous winter conditions […]

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Coldest Since When?

Coldest Since When?

| January 7, 2017 @ 2:25 pm

If you have been following the weather, you know it has been and is going to be cold. When temperatures drop below 20 degrees, I think most people would agree with calling it “brutally cold.” So I was curious. The GFS MOS guidance forecast low tonight is 14 degrees. So, when was the last time […]

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I-20 Near I-459 Closed (as of 2:00 PM)

I-20 Near I-459 Closed (as of 2:00 PM)

| January 7, 2017 @ 2:08 pm

Alabama State Troopers say all lanes of I-20 are now closed near I-459. No timeframe for reopening. Even though some travel issues are clearing up with the sun slowly melting the ice, there are still many issues near the Birmingham Metropolitan Area. Please use caution if you have to drive. If you don’t have to […]

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Hard Freeze Warning Issued for Tonight and Sunday Morning for Central Alabama

Hard Freeze Warning Issued for Tonight and Sunday Morning for Central Alabama

| January 7, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

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 […]

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Conditions Slowly Improving; Please Don’t Drive

Conditions Slowly Improving; Please Don’t Drive

| January 7, 2017 @ 11:26 am

LATE NOTE 1131 Highway 280 East is completely blocked at Lakeshore Parkway. 65 SB is completely blocked at Alford Avenue. Northbound traffic is crawling. ORIGINAL POST 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. […]

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The Screaming Message:  Stay Off the Roads

The Screaming Message: Stay Off the Roads

| January 7, 2017 @ 9:12 am

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:

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Stay Off Birmingham Roads Until At Least Noon

Stay Off Birmingham Roads Until At Least Noon

| January 7, 2017 @ 8:47 am

Hub Harvey from Shelby County EMA is begging people to stay off 280 between Chelsea and the Cahaba River. There should be no travel in Shelby County north of Calera to Chelsea to Columbiana. ORIGINAL POST This is the scene at I-65 at Montgomery Highway in Vestavia where there are multiple trucks wrecked and jack-knifed. […]

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Good Morning from the Frozen Tundra

Good Morning from the Frozen Tundra

| January 7, 2017 @ 8:06 am

LIVE BLOG UPDATES 809 AM… Several jackknifed tractor trailer trucks on I-459 at Liberty Park. Wreckers dispatched. … I-20 is shut down at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds … There are multiple accidents on I-20 from Leeds through Moody, Pell City, Riverside and Lincoln … I-65 is completely blocked by a jack-knifed tractor trailer at […]

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Coldest Readings Since February 2015 In Store for BHM

Coldest Readings Since February 2015 In Store for BHM

| January 7, 2017 @ 12:52 am

The precipitation is over tonight, but the roads are in terrible shape across much of the area. Most oft he wrecks have been cleared, but the roads are, especially the bridges, are impassable across the area. Do not travel tonight or in the morning anywhere in Central Alabama. Temperatures are crashing across the area. It […]

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Dang Warm Nose

Dang Warm Nose

| January 6, 2017 @ 10:45 pm

The warm nose that was evident all day on the upper air sounding from the NWS at the Shelby County Airport was very stubborn and never relented. Here is the 6 p.m. Skew-T diagram that interprets the data. Hence snow falling from aloft melted at about 2.5 miles above the earth and then refroze in […]

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Screaming Message:  Do Not Drive Across Central Alabama Tonight or Saturday Morning

Screaming Message: Do Not Drive Across Central Alabama Tonight or Saturday Morning

| January 6, 2017 @ 10:22 pm

A winter storm warning and winter weather advisory continues tonight for all of the counties across Central Alabama. In fact, warnings and advisories cover all of the state except for the far North and coastal Mobile and Baldwin counties. A plethora of winter alerts cover the areas from Louisiana to the Mid-Atlantic. A blizzard warning […]

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Snow and Sleet Beginning to Taper Off; Roads Very Dangerous Across Much of Area

Snow and Sleet Beginning to Taper Off; Roads Very Dangerous Across Much of Area

| January 6, 2017 @ 8:38 pm

Our precipitation shield has changed to all dry snow and sleet tonight. The radar shows reflectivity on the left and precipitation type on the right. The light blue is dry snow and the peach color is sleet. Temperatures are falling as the colder air finally begins to work easy. It is down to 25F at […]

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A Quick Update At 7:00 PM

A Quick Update At 7:00 PM

| January 6, 2017 @ 6:57 pm

The warm air in the atmosphere at 5,000 feet above the surface has started eroding away quickly, and snow is now falling for most north of the I-20 corridor from Leeds to Springville to Oneonta and back to the west of that. A wintry mix is falling over the eastern counties from Gadsden to Lincoln […]

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Do Not Drive Tonight in the Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory Areas

Do Not Drive Tonight in the Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory Areas

| January 6, 2017 @ 6:31 pm

Do not drive in the areas being impacted by the winter storm tonight. There are multiple crashes in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. As our wintry precipitation works its way across Central Alabama tonight, here are some reports: …A nice dusting of snow tonight across West Central Alabama’s Pickens and Tuscaloosa Counties. …Sleet with some snow in […]

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Heavy Sleet Now Moving Into The Birmingham Metropolitan Area

Heavy Sleet Now Moving Into The Birmingham Metropolitan Area

| January 6, 2017 @ 5:30 pm

Heavy sleet is now making its way into Jefferson County and into the Birmingham Metropolitan Area. Travel conditions could start to deteriorate quickly as it starts. We are now looking at a possible icing conditions throughout the event, as some ice accumulations will be possible throughout the area, with the best odds of higher accumulation […]

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Closures And Cancellations For This Evening

Closures And Cancellations For This Evening

| January 6, 2017 @ 4:55 pm

The Pickens and Randolph County Emergency Management Agencies and Law Enforcement Officials across the counties are requesting that residents remain off the roadways across these counties through the overnight hours. All flights in and out of Montgomery Airport have been cancelled throughout the night. No word on when flights will resume at this time. The […]

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A Quick Winter Weather Update At 4PM

A Quick Winter Weather Update At 4PM

| January 6, 2017 @ 4:18 pm

More moisture is moving into Central Alabama from southern Mississippi, and this is where our big show will be coming from. Latest projected soundings for the area has that nose of above freezing air that has been hovering around 5,000 feet above the surface eroding away. When that happens, any precipitation that falls will be […]

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Look What is Upstream Coming Our Way

Look What is Upstream Coming Our Way

| January 6, 2017 @ 3:39 pm

We are watching an upstream area of precipitation that is increasing over Louisiana and Mississippi that presents a significant winter storm threat for Alabama tonight. Here is the regional radar with temperatures: Deteriorating road conditions are being reported in the Jackson MS area as a mass of moderate to occasionally heavy freezing rain and sleet […]

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SPC Comments on Increasing Icing Threat

SPC Comments on Increasing Icing Threat

| January 6, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

Here is additional information from the Storm Prediction Center regarding the threat of sleet and freezing rain across Central Alabama. Mesoscale Discussion 0021 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0209 PM CST Fri Jan 06 2017 Areas affected…Mixed precipitation – freezing rain and sleet Concerning…Winter mixed precipitation Valid 062009Z – 070215Z SUMMARY…Freezing rain and sleet […]

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Some North Central Alabama Snow Fans May Be Happy Tonight

Some North Central Alabama Snow Fans May Be Happy Tonight

| January 6, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

Our high-resolution HRRR model depicts a nice band of snow setting up in the I-20 Corridor tonight. Here is an animation of the model’s predicted precipitation type over the next 12 hours: And here is the accumulated snowfall estimate after that: I think a 50 or so mile wide stripe of North Central Alabama will […]

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