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Boston Breaks Snowfall Record for Season!

| 8:41 pm March 15, 2015

It is official! Just under three inches of snow fell late this afternoon and evening at Boston’s Logan Airport, surpassing the old seasonal snowfall total.

This graphic does not yet reflect the updated total, but shows 125 years of snowfall records in Beantown.

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If the GFS is right, they may increase their snowfall total even further next weekend! The model has been predicting some light snows next weekend.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
719 PM EDT SUN MAR 15 2015

…BOSTON BREAKS ALL TIME SEASONAL SNOW RECORD…

AS OF 7PM ON MARCH 15TH…BOSTON LOGAN AIRPORT RECIEVED 108.6
INCHES OF TOTAL SEASONAL SNOWFALL. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF
107.6 INCHES FOR THE 1995-1996 WINTER SEASON.

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Bad Situation on I-459

| 3:36 pm March 5, 2015

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Numerous wrecks are being reported on I-459 by State Troopers on southbound I=459 at MM 27 via John Talbot on Twitter.

This is just south of the I-20 interchange, north of Grants Mill Road.

There are injuries and extraction help is being requested.

Area roads are still dangerous where freezing rain and sleet has fallen. It is still a good idea to avoid travel for now.

Precip Ending, but Getting Colder

| 3:08 pm March 5, 2015

The freezing line continues to sink towards the southeast across Central Alabama this afternoon. Where temps have fallen to freezing, they will not be rising back above it until the middle part of tomorrow morning. Luckily, we are seeing the main area of precipitation moving off towards the southeast as well. No additional accumulations are expected north and west of this line.

With the temps only dropping the rest of today, we are not expecting much improvement in the areas that have seen the sleet and ice, as a slushy mess remains. Impacts on travel will be persist the rest of the afternoon and through the overnight periods. The greatest threat for icing will be on the elevated surfaces as well as bridges and overpasses. Travel is not recommended through the rest of today and tonight. Temperatures will continue dropping and we are expecting lower 20s and teens for much of Central Alabama by tomorrow morning.

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Warning, Advisories Reconfigured

| 1:51 pm March 5, 2015

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The NWS Birmingham continues the Winter Storm Warning for Jefferson, Blount, Pickens, Tuscaloosa and Walker Counties until 3 p.m.

They have posted a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m. for counties to the east, including Bibb, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Etowah, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Shely. St. CLair, Sumter and Talladega.

Sleet continues across much of the Birmingham Metro area, but will begin to taper from the west over the next hour. Exposed surface such as decks are gathering an accumulation of sleet. Roads are becoming sleet covered in some areas and slushy conditions are being reported in places like Ashville, Mountain Brook and over northeastern Jefferson County. In all areas, watch out for ice on bridges.

An area of heavier sleet over Sumter and Greene Counties will affect Hale and Marengo Counties between now and 3 p.m.

Get ready for a cold night tonight with tens over the Northwest, readings near 20F in the I-59 Corridor and lower 20s elsewhere across Central Alabama.

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!