Archive for January 6th, 2017

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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Second Wave of Precipitation Developing to the West Ahead of Upper Level Disturbance

Second Wave of Precipitation Developing to the West Ahead of Upper Level Disturbance

| January 6, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

2:49 ADDED THE SKEW-T DIAGRAM AS REQUESTED BY A READER SNOW ACCUMULATION The NWS has upped the snow and sleet accumulation forecast for parts of East Alabama to up to 4 inches. Here is their latest graphic. ORIGINAL POST Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale Airport […]

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Early Afternoon Look

Early Afternoon Look

| January 6, 2017 @ 12:45 pm

A winter storm warning remains in effect for most of Central, and parts of Southwest Alabama, through early tomorrow morning. Rain, freezing rain, and sleet is falling generally along and south of I-20, with only light snow flurries to the north, where a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect. A nose of warm air aloft, […]

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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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Good News Stories From Our Friends at Alabama NewsCenter!

Good News Stories From Our Friends at Alabama NewsCenter!

| January 6, 2017 @ 12:32 pm

Our Alabama NewsCenter friends bring us more Good News Stories from across the lovely state of Alabama! Because we are keeping our focus on winter weather updates, we are posting an abbreviated list of our favorite stories with a link to see the entire line-up of Good News Stories from Alabama NewsCenter. Here they are: […]

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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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Snow/Sleet About To Enter West Alabama

Snow/Sleet About To Enter West Alabama

| January 6, 2017 @ 9:17 am

A large area of sleet and snow is about to enter West Alabama… With temperatures dropping below freezing, icy spots will develop on bridges soon after the precipitation begins, and driving conditions will worsen this afternoon and tonight as snow/sleet continues to increase. *Initially ice will form on bridges, but all roads have potential to […]

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Messy Winter Storm Ahead For Alabama

Messy Winter Storm Ahead For Alabama

| January 6, 2017 @ 5:30 am

WINTER STORM WARNING EXPANDED: The NWS has expanded the Winter Storm Warning; it now includes the larger cities of Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden through early tomorrow… Winter Weather Advisories include much of the rest of Alabama, all the way down to the northern part of Mobile and Baldwin Counties in Southwest Alabama. Only the […]

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