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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.

Temperatures Nearing Freezing in Birmingham Metro

| 8:45 am March 5, 2015

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It is down to 34F now at the Birmingham Airport. Readings are close to freezing now in some of the higher elevation areas around Bluff Park and up in northeastern Jefferson County around Clay.

KN3CVB in Trussville is down to 32F now according to the MesoWEST site.

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It is 30F at the Cullman Airport, 36F at Tuscaloosa and 36F at the Jasper Airport.

Light to moderate precipitation continues to fall over much of Alabama along and northwest of I-59. In areas where surface temperatures are at or below freezing, a glaze of ice will quickly form. The further northwest you go, the freezing layer is deeper and the melted precip has a chance to refreeze into sleet.

Temperatures will continue to fall to near freezing across northern portions of Jefferson and Tuscaloosa County soon and to near freezing the City of Birmingham between now and 9:30.

It is advised that travel should be curtailed before temperatures reach freezing in the Winter Storm Warning and Freezing Rain Advisory areas.

Quick Radar Check

| 8:35 am March 5, 2015

Another day with quite the mess across the area. A quick look at the radar shows a mix of wintery precip across Northwest and North Alabama, with rain, sleet, and freezing rain falling. The freezing line continues to sink towards the southeast and is approaching the Interstate 59 corridor.

Already getting reports of sleet mixed with the rain in the Birmingham metro, and once temps fall below freezing, travel issues are going to develop. Temps will continue to drop today, so do not look for conditions to improve.

The next few hours we will see a transition to freezing rain and sleet, and yes, there will be snow as the even winds down. A winter storm warning remains in effect for areas along and north of Interstate 59 until 3PM. This includes areas north of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, such as Jasper, Fayette, Hamilton, and Cullman.

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Jefferson, Tuscaloosa and Pickens Being Upgraded to Winter Storm Warning

| 7:13 am March 5, 2015

The NWS is upgrading Jefferson, Tuscaloosa and Pickens Counties from a Freezing Rain Advisory to a Winter Storm Warning.

Numerous reports of freezing rain and sleet accumulating across Northwest and West Central Alabama and more precipitation upstream to the southwest moving into an airmass that is getting colder by the hour will result in accumulations of sleet and a glaze of freezing rain in these counties as well. Travel is already hazardous.

Travel will become hazardous later this morning in areas which are above freezing now.

7 a.m. Reports

| 7:05 am March 5, 2015

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Freezing rain is beginning to glaze objects in Blount County around Hayden.

Thundersleet being reported in Fayette in Fayette County and at Detroit in Lamar County. Accumulations starting.

Accumulations are also beginning around Sulligent in Lamar COunty.

One half inch of sleet in Hamilton now. Beginning to accumulate around Guin.

In North Alabama, roads are hazardous now from Quad Cities around Florence and Muscle Shoals eastward to Huntsville. Elevated portions of the Parkway are now closed. A Local Area Emergency has been declared for Limestone County.

To the west, freezing rain is beginning in the Jackson Metro area. And more precipitation is building to the southwest over Central Louisiana and Southeast Texas. This activity will move across the freezing air near the surface causing more problems from Central Mississippi into North and Central Alabama.

Forecast On Track

| 5:05 am March 5, 2015

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The only change this morning is that the NWS Mobile has added a freezing rain advisory for Choctaw County.

Click on the image to expand it and see the NWS advisories and warnings across the region, as well as the current observations.

You can see freezing temperatures now extend as far south as a line from Haleyville to Decatur. There is heavy sleet now at Hamilton according to the ABC 3340 crew.

Thundersleet has been reported across Marion and Winston Counties.

Icing is already being reported from Franklin, Lauderdale and Colbert Counties. Travel will become hazardous through the morning hours across the warning and advisory areas.

Amazing Temperature Contrast

| 3:15 pm March 4, 2015

Look at the temperature contrast in the drive up Corridor X from Birmingham to Memphis.

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A swing of 46 degrees between Jasper and Olive Branch!

The front has passed Tupelo where the temperature dropped from 75F at 1:53 to 58F at 2:31 p.m.

It has not made it to Columbus MS where it is 82F.

It should arrive in Hamilton between 4 and 5 p.m., Jasper by 7, Birmingham/Gasden between 8 and 9, Tuscaloosa by 9, Calera by 11 and Anniston between 10 and 11.

Warnings Issued

| 12:58 pm March 4, 2015

The NWS in Hunstville has issued a Winter Storm Warning for its Tennessee Valley counties starting at 3 a.m. Thursday morning and going until 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

it includes:

Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Morgan, De Kalb, Jackson and Marshall.

The NWS in Birmingham has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for the following counties from 3 a.m. Thursday morning until 3 pm.m.. Thursday afternoon as well:

Bibb, Calhoun, Cherokee, Etowah, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Pickens, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter and Tuscaloosa.

The NWS Birmingham has upgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning for Blount, Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Walker and Winston Counties.

3/10s of an inch of ice accumulation is likely in the warning areas. Lesser ice accumulations will occur in the freezing rain advisory area, but will still be sufficient to cause travel problems. See below for James’ late morning thoughts.

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