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Evening Update…

| 6:50 pm January 14, 2013

COLD, RAW, WET, ICY… Not a night for man nor beast…

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ICING ISSUES: The NWS offices in Huntsville and Birmingham have expanded the “winter weather advisory” a bit… these counties are included:

Lamar, Fayette, Walker, Winston, Marion, Cullman, Franklin, Colbert, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Morgan, and Madison.

This is where temperatures will hover around freezing through the night. Thankfully, the infrastructure is pretty warm and we don’t expect a major ice storm, but there is clearly some risk of patchy bridge icing overnight. If you have to travel in this part of Alabama, be careful on those bridges and overpasses. Black top roads will stay just wet.

Below is a shot of ice in the trees near Russellville in Franklin County before the sun set today…

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FLOODING ISSUES: We received a report from Cullman County EMA indicating reports of widespread flooding of low lying roadways across Cullman County. Flooding remains a concern in the broad area from Aliceville to Guntersville, where flood watches remain in effect. Remember, turn around, don’t drown if you come across water running across a roadway.

The next forecast issue comes Thursday when a cold core upper low moves across Alabama… we will get new model data in the next few hours and we will review the snow potential. Scroll down for the afternoon discussion, or see the Weather Xtreme video for details.

Winter Weather Advisory Extended

| 6:31 pm January 14, 2013

…FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY FOR NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF CENTRAL
ALABAMA…

.FREEZING RAIN HAS ALREADY BEEN REPORTED ON TREE LIMBS AND
ELEVATED SURFACES. SOME BUILD UP IS EXPECTED BUT ACCUMULATIONS
ARE EXPECTED TO BE LESS THAN ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH.

LAMAR, FAYETTE & WALKER COUNTIES ARE NOW INCLUDED
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…SULLIGENT…VERNON…FAYETTE…JASPER

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…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST TUESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING RAIN…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST
TUESDAY.

* TIMING…PATCHES OF FREEZING RAIN HAVE ALREADY BEEN REPORTED
IN THESE AREAS. THIS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL TEMPERATURES RISE
ABOVE FREEZING ON TUESDAY MORNING.

* ACCUMULATION…LESS THAN ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH. SOME SLEET MAY
ACCOMPANY THE FREEZING RAIN WILL NO ACCUMULATION OF SLEET.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING

Flood Warning: Fayette/Marion/Walker/Winston

| 4:27 pm January 14, 2013

Heavy rain has been and continues to fall over the same areas this afternoon. A new flood advisory has been issued as run-off into streams and rivers are causing rapid rise of water levels in may areas. Many roadways in our northwestern counties are under water and impassible. Some of the impacted areas have received 2-3 inches of rain today and rain will continue to fall for the next 24 hours.

Some flood reports from the affected areas:

In Lamar County, numerous roads across the county are impassable due to water covering the road.

In Fayette County, Reports of water covering Smith Road neath White Hall Chapel. Water was deep enough to cover car tires.

In Walker County, Alexander Tubbs Road is reportedly under water in various places.

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR…
FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…
WALKER COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 1000 PM CST

* AT 420 PM CST…EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACROSS NORTHWEST PORTIONS OF
CENTRAL ALABAMA HAVE REPORTED SEVERAL ROADWAYS BECOMING COVERED WITH
WATER DUE TO CONTINUED MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL. FLOODING WILL BE
A CONCERN THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS TONIGHT…AND ROADWAYS COULD
BECOME IMPASSIBLE IN LOW LYING AREAS IN THE WARNED AREA.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING TO OCCUR.
LOCATIONS THAT WILL SEE THE BEST CHANCE OF EXPERIENCING FLOODING IN
LOW LYING AREAS WILL BE ACROSS NORTHWESTERN FAYETTE…NORTHWESTERN
WALKER…ALL OF WINSTON COUNTY…AND ALL OF MARION COUNTY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. RAINFALL FROM PERSISTENT RAINFALL
WILL PRODUCE FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS AND ALONG STREETS. MANY
ROADS WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER AND DRIVING IS NOT RECOMMENDED
DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF UP TO ONE INCH IS POSSIBLE IN THE
WARNED THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS TONIGHT.

Cold Rain Continues; Some Ice Over NW Alabama

| 3:36 pm January 14, 2013

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ICY RAIN: All eyes are on the thermometers over Northwest Alabama… we are showing 32 degrees at mid-afternoon at Hamilton and Haleyville, where some light icing is beginning on trees and power lines. There will be some potential for a icy spots on bridges tonight mainly west of a line from Millport to Addison to Decatur to Hazel Green. Communities like Vernon, Winfield, Moulton, Russellville, Athens, and Muscle Shoals will see temperatures hovering in the 30-32 degree range. Thankfully the infrastructure is fairly warm from our recent mild spell, so major, widespread travel problems are not expected. However, there is a very real possibility of icy patches on bridges and overpasses over this part of Northwest Alabama tonight.

A winter weather advisory is in effect tonight for Marion, Winston, Lawrence, Franklin, Colbert, Lauderdale, and Limestone Counties for this potential.

No ice is expected for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston or Gadsden as temperatures hold in the 40s.

TOMORROW: Still wet and cold. We might see 50 in the Birmingham metro if we are lucky… areas north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 40s, and Montgomery could touch 70. So it goes with a stalled front nearby. Your temperature will all depend on where you live. Rain is likely much of the day, although the heaviest and most widespread rain should be north of I-20. Some risk of flooding in low spots, but I doubt if we have widespread issues.

WEDNESDAY: While the clouds hang tough, any rain on Wednesday should be light and spotty. For the I-20 corridor, a decent chance we reach the low 50s; but again to the north most communities won’t get out of the 40s.

SNOW FLAKES THURSDAY: The next issue in this issue filled forecast comes Thursday, when a cold core upper low is forecast to track through the Deep South. The 12Z GFS brings the cold pool right along I-20, from Jackson to Birmingham to Atlanta. Dynamic cooling associated with the upper low will bring the chance of snow flakes mixed in with the rain. In fact, the GFS is printing 1-2 inches of snow for the I-20 corridor by Thursday night. Can it happen? Certainly. But, we have little skill in dealing with cold core upper lows, since they are the “weatherman’s woe”.

The NAM, in contrast, has the cold core upper low along I-40 in Tennessee with zero snow here.

Best course of action for now is to simply forecast rain, possibly mixed with snow Thursday. We will fine tune the forecast as the event gets closer. Also, keep mind soil temperatures aren’t too cold, and surface temperatures should remain above freezing Thursday, so even if snow flakes do fall I am not sure they can accumulate.

SUNSHINE, FINALLY: The sun finally returns Friday. In fact, we expect a decent amount of sunshine Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with seasonal temperatures. Highs in the 50s, lows in the 30s.

BRUTALLY COLD NEXT WEEK? Still too early to say just how cold, but global models suggest the coldest air so far this winter invades the continental U.S. next week. Some guidance has suggested temperatures as cold as 30 below zero over the Upper Midwest. Just something to watch… and for now the cold air looks dry with no snow issues. But, we are still a week away from this. Please take some time to watch the Weather Xtreme video for the graphics and details.

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Winter Weather Advisory: Marion/Winston til 9AM

| 3:23 pm January 14, 2013
...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY FOR WINSTON AND MARION COUNTIES...

.FREEZING RAIN HAS ALREADY BEEN REPORTED ON TREE LIMBS AND
ELEVATED SURFACES. SOME BUILD UP IS EXPECTED BUT ACCUMULATIONS
ARE EXPECTED TO BE LESS THAN ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH.

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INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HAMILTON...DOUBLE SPRINGS

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING RAIN...WHICH IS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 9 AM CST TUESDAY. 

* TIMING...PATCHES OF FREEZING RAIN HAVE ALREADY BEEN REPORTED IN
  THESE AREAS. THIS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL TEMPERATURES RISE ABOVE
  FREEZING ON TUESDAY MORNING.

* ACCUMULATION...LESS THAN ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

Some Bridge Icing Possible Over NW Alabama

| 2:13 pm January 14, 2013

With surface temperatures at or just below freezing, some icy spots are possible over Northwest Alabama tonight, generally west of the line on the map below…

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Even in that zone, roads should remain just wet…. the only issue is patchy ice on bridges. We note that Hamilton and Haleyville report 32 degrees now; Cullman and Fayette are at 35.

A cold rain continues for the rest of North Alabama tonight; no ice is expected for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, or Gadsden. A full discussion and new Weather Xtreme video will be posted shortly…

Flood Advisory Issued Lamar/Walker Counties

| 1:11 pm January 14, 2013

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED AN

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR MINOR FLOODING OF POOR
DRAINAGE AREAS IN…
LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…VERNON…SULLIGENT…MILLPORT…

* UNTIL 400 PM CST

* AT 1255 PM CST…LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE TO
MOVE NORTHEAST ACROSS THE COUNTY. DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATES SHOW
GENERALLY ONE HALF TO THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH OF RAIN HAS FALLEN
IN THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS. AN ADDITIONAL HALF INCH IS POSSIBLE
OVER THE NEXT HOUR. EVEN THOUGH RANFALL AMOUNTS SHOULD REMAIN RATHER
LIGHT…WHEN COMBINED WITH PREVIOUS RAINFALL FROM SUNDAY AND ALREADY
SATURDATED GROUND CONDITIONS…IT COULD LEAD TO SOME LOCALIZED
MINOR FLOODING IN URBAN AREAS AND AREAS OF POOR DRAINAGE .

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED LEVELS ON
SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS…AND PONDING OF WATER IN URBAN AREAS…
HIGHWAYS…STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER POOR DRAINAGE
AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED AN

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR MINOR FLOODING OF POOR
DRAINAGE AREAS IN…
WALKER COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…SUMITON…JASPER…DORA…CORDOVA…
CARBON HILL…

* UNTIL 400 PM CST

* AT 104 PM CST…LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE TO
MOVE NORTHEAST ACROSS THE COUNTY. DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATES SHOW
GENERALLY ONE HALF TO THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH OF RAIN HAS FALLEN
IN THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS. AN ADDITIONAL HALF INCH IS POSSIBLE
OVER THE NEXT HOUR. EVEN THOUGH RANFALL AMOUNTS SHOULD REMAIN RATHER
LIGHT…WHEN COMBINED WITH PREVIOUS RAINFALL FROM SUNDAY AND ALREADY
SATURDATED GROUND CONDITIONS…IT COULD LEAD TO SOME LOCALIZED MINOR
FLOODING IN URBAN AREAS AND AREAS OF POOR DRAINAGE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED LEVELS ON
SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS…AND PONDING OF WATER IN URBAN AREAS…
HIGHWAYS…STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER POOR DRAINAGE
AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

Flood Watch until Tuesday Evening

| 12:03 pm January 14, 2013

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For the past few weeks and really this last week, numerous storm systems have been impacting Central Alabama. A slow moving, nearly stationary front draped across the state is allowing for increased convection and heavy rains to fall on some of the same locations over and over. This more often than not is a main culprit for widespread flooding events across the Southeast and that looks to be the case for this week. Many areas have received several inches of rain, allowing for very saturated grounds. With an additional 1 to 3 inches rain expected over the next 24-48 hours, many locations could experience flooding. Some areas could receive more than that locally. The saturated grounds won’t be able to absorb the water an access run off will be a problem. Rivers and streams are already running high and with the prolonged rain event, they will continue to rise. Travel across North-Central Alabama could be quite hazardous in many locations as water is ponding on roadways. Take precautions and please do not drive through flooded areas…TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!!!

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FLOOD WATCH
…A PROLONGED PERIOD OF STEADY RAIN WILL OCCUR OVER PARTS OF
NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1.5 TO 3 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER NORTH
CENTRAL ALABAMA THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING CREATING AN INCREASED RISK
FOR FLOODING

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THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES WILL BE IMPACTED: MARION,LAMAR,FAYETTE,WINSTON,WALKER,BLOUNT,ETOWAH,CALHOUN,
CHEROKEE,PICKENS,TUSCALOOSA,JEFFERSON & ST. CLAIR

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…HAMILTON…SULLIGENT…VERNON…
FAYETTE…DOUBLE SPRINGS…JASPER…ONEONTA…GADSDEN…
ANNISTON…CENTRE…CARROLLTON…TUSCALOOSA…BIRMINGHAM…
HOOVER…PELL CITY…MOODY

…FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON CST TODAY THROUGH TUESDAY
EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WATCH FOR MUCH OF NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…INCLUDING THE
FOLLOWING COUNTIES…BLOUNT…JEFFERSON…ST. CLAIR WALKER…
CALHOUN…CHEROKEE…ETOWAH…MARION…WINSTON…FAYETTE…
LAMAR…PICKENS AND TUSCALOOSA.

* FROM NOON CST TODAY THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING.

* A STALLED COLD FRONT OVER THE STATE WILL BE THE FOCUS FOR A
PROLONGED PERIOD OF STEADY RAINFALL ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL
ALABAMA. SOIL CONDITIONS ARE VERY WET DUE TO PREVIOUS RAINFALL
AND THIS WILL HELP PRODUCE QUICKER RUNOFF INTO AREA STREAMS AND
CREEKS. SLOW BUT STEADY RISES ALONG MANY AREA STREAMS MAY CREATE
DANGEROUS CONDITIONS IN FLOOD PRONE LOCATIONS…AS WELL AS
SIGNIFICANT PONDING IN LOW LYING AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE
FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP