Archive for January 7th, 2017

Traffic Update

Traffic Update

| January 7, 2017 @ 5:43 pm

Still getting flooded with specific traffic questions this evening… again, I am a meteorologist, not a highway engineer, and all I can do is let you see the current real time situation… most of the issues are in the Birmingham metro. See the map below… NOTES… *While most roads are dry, icy spots remain *Biggest […]

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Coldest Since When?

Coldest Since When?

| January 7, 2017 @ 2:25 pm

If you have been following the weather, you know it has been and is going to be cold. When temperatures drop below 20 degrees, I think most people would agree with calling it “brutally cold.” So I was curious. The GFS MOS guidance forecast low tonight is 14 degrees. So, when was the last time […]

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COLD is the Word

COLD is the Word

| January 7, 2017 @ 2:13 pm

It certainly has been a wild first week of 2017 in the category of Alabama weather. We started the week off with the threat of severe weather in the state, with a couple of tornadoes over southern portions of the state, and ended the week with wintry weather. The winter weather precip. is out of […]

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I-20 Near I-459 Closed (as of 2:00 PM)

I-20 Near I-459 Closed (as of 2:00 PM)

| January 7, 2017 @ 2:08 pm

Alabama State Troopers say all lanes of I-20 are now closed near I-459. No timeframe for reopening. Even though some travel issues are clearing up with the sun slowly melting the ice, there are still many issues near the Birmingham Metropolitan Area. Please use caution if you have to drive. If you don’t have to […]

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Let’s Talk Traffic

Let’s Talk Traffic

| January 7, 2017 @ 12:46 pm

After last night’s winter storm, we have a bright sunny, but very cold day. The high will be around 30 degrees for most. The weather forecast is the easy part. But, due to horrible icy/snowy conditions traffic was a nightmare in the Birmingham metro this morning, and I am being inundated with traffic questions. Unfortunately, […]

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Hard Freeze Warning Issued for Tonight and Sunday Morning for Central Alabama

Hard Freeze Warning Issued for Tonight and Sunday Morning for Central Alabama

| January 7, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

The NWS in Birmingham has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for all of Central Alabama. The NWS Mobile has a similar product all the way to the Gulf Coast. This graphic shows the warnings issued by BMX and adjacent offices and the minimum temperatures expected tonight. Temperatures are expected to drop to near 10F in […]

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Conditions Slowly Improving; Please Don’t Drive

Conditions Slowly Improving; Please Don’t Drive

| January 7, 2017 @ 11:26 am

LATE NOTE 1131 Highway 280 East is completely blocked at Lakeshore Parkway. 65 SB is completely blocked at Alford Avenue. Northbound traffic is crawling. ORIGINAL POST Sun is doing its job this morning, melting the ice on area roads, but many are still icy or slushy. Hills and shady areas are still a huge problem. […]

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The Screaming Message:  Stay Off the Roads

The Screaming Message: Stay Off the Roads

| January 7, 2017 @ 9:12 am

Roads are a mess across much of Central Alabama this morning. Please stay off the roads until at least noon. The Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport is open but many flights have been canceled or delayed. Here is a list from their website:

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Satellite View of Snow

Satellite View of Snow

| January 7, 2017 @ 9:10 am

Often times after a winter weather event, the visible satellite imagery reveals the extent of snow. So I was anxiously waiting to view the early visible images over the Southeast US to see if our winter weather event showed up. And it does – sort of – if you look closely. Here’s the image. So […]

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Coldest Weekend This Season

Coldest Weekend This Season

| January 7, 2017 @ 8:49 am

Sorry for the delayed Weather Xtreme Video. It was a very long day yesterday and the effects of the snow/sleet continue into this morning. At this writing, do not plan to get out in Central Alabama until the early afternoon. Roads are a mess and with the cold air in place are likely to stay […]

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Stay Off Birmingham Roads Until At Least Noon

Stay Off Birmingham Roads Until At Least Noon

| January 7, 2017 @ 8:47 am

Hub Harvey from Shelby County EMA is begging people to stay off 280 between Chelsea and the Cahaba River. There should be no travel in Shelby County north of Calera to Chelsea to Columbiana. ORIGINAL POST This is the scene at I-65 at Montgomery Highway in Vestavia where there are multiple trucks wrecked and jack-knifed. […]

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Good Morning from the Frozen Tundra

Good Morning from the Frozen Tundra

| January 7, 2017 @ 8:06 am

LIVE BLOG UPDATES 809 AM… Several jackknifed tractor trailer trucks on I-459 at Liberty Park. Wreckers dispatched. … I-20 is shut down at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds … There are multiple accidents on I-20 from Leeds through Moody, Pell City, Riverside and Lincoln … I-65 is completely blocked by a jack-knifed tractor trailer at […]

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