Category: Winter Weather

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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A Quick Winter Weather Update For Central Alabama At 11:15 AM

A Quick Winter Weather Update For Central Alabama At 11:15 AM

| January 6, 2017 @ 11:17 am

Just within the last hour, sleet and freezing rain has started falling in many locations in the western 2/3rds of the area, including Center Point, Pinson, Vestavia Hills, Deatsville, Altoona, Pell City, Alabaster… just to name a few. A sleet/freezing rain mix is now moving into eastern parts of the area, starting to affect cities […]

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Winter Storm Warning Extended Farther Into West Alabama

Winter Storm Warning Extended Farther Into West Alabama

| January 6, 2017 @ 10:35 am

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has extended the Winter Storm Warning into Greene, Marengo, and Sumter counties. All of the counties under the Winter Storm Warning will be in the warning until 9:00 AM CST on Saturday morning. We are already getting several reports of roads starting to get slick in the western parts […]

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A Quick Winter Weather Update At 9:20 AM

A Quick Winter Weather Update At 9:20 AM

| January 6, 2017 @ 9:25 am

It is currently a mostly cloudy day out there across Central Alabama at this time, but we do notice that there are some breaks in the clouds allowing some sun to reach the surface. Those breaks in the clouds are not helping the temperatures out at all at this point. At 9:15 AM, temperatures are […]

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New GFS Run Supports Current Forecast

New GFS Run Supports Current Forecast

| January 5, 2017 @ 10:12 pm

Just a quick note to say that the evening run of the GFS is in for this system and it looks a lot like the morning run that generated so much concern. It appears our forecast is on track, and now we will just have to see how the system evolves.

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Some Mid-Evening Notes on the Forecast

Some Mid-Evening Notes on the Forecast

| January 5, 2017 @ 9:07 pm

The forecast die has been cast and now we are in wait and watch mode across Alabama tonight as the first winter storm of the new year and season takes aim at the Southeast. Rarely does it seem that forecasts are cut and dried when it comes to winter weather in Alabama. Have probably seen […]

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Updated Closings As Of 3:30 PM

Updated Closings As Of 3:30 PM

| January 5, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

As of 3:30 PM, here is a list of school closings and delays for Friday… SCHOOL Alabaster City Schools : Closed Tomorrow Attalla City Schools : Closed Tomorrow Bessemer City Schools : Closed Tomorrow Bibb County Schools : Closed Tomorrow Blount County Schools : Closed Tomorrow Calhoun County Schools : Closed Tomorrow Chilton County Schools […]

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Winter Storm Warning & Winter Weather Advisory Now Up For Central Alabama

Winter Storm Warning & Winter Weather Advisory Now Up For Central Alabama

| January 5, 2017 @ 3:13 pm

The National Weather Service has just issued the upgrades to the Winter Storm Watch. Here are the details: …Winter Storm Warning for Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Shelby, Talladega and Tallapoosa Counties. …Winter Weather Advisory for Bibb, Blount, Cherokee, Etowah, Jefferson, Pickens, St. Clair, Tuscaloosa and Walker Counties. . …Winter Weather Advisory for […]

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Winter Weather Advisory Issued To Our North

Winter Weather Advisory Issued To Our North

| January 5, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

The National Service in Huntsville has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 12:00 PM CST on Friday until 12:00AM CST on Saturday for Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, and Limestone counties. Timing and Areas Affected: Northwest Alabama beginning early Friday afternoon and lasting into Friday evening. Accumulations: Around 1 inch or less. Other Hazards: On Friday […]

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School Closings & Delays For Friday

School Closings & Delays For Friday

| January 5, 2017 @ 1:58 pm

As of 1:45 PM, here is a list of school closings and delays for Friday… Jefferson County Schools – CLOSED Walker County Schools – DELAYED: Friday to 11:30; buses will delay routes 3-1/2 hours Fairfield City Schools – CLOSED Sumiton Christian School – CLOSED Clay County Schools – CLOSED Cleburne County Schools – CLOSED Attalla […]

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Winter Storm Watch to be Upgraded Shortly; Here’s Latest Thinking

Winter Storm Watch to be Upgraded Shortly; Here’s Latest Thinking

| January 5, 2017 @ 1:01 pm

Just finished conference call with the National Weather Service and media partners. It is nice to have this kind of collaboration with a potentially high impact winter weather event coming up. As you know, we always show our work here on the AlabamaWX Blog, so let’s dig in. A complex winter weather scenario is setting […]

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Clouds Are Moving In At Midday Ahead Of A Possible Snowmaker

Clouds Are Moving In At Midday Ahead Of A Possible Snowmaker

| January 5, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

How’s The Weather Outside At This Hour At the midday hour across Central Alabama, clouds are already starting to build in from the northwest from the approach of our next system, that could bring us some wintry mischief in several different forms for tomorrow through the early morning hours on Saturday. Much of the area […]

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