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Pre-Dawn Monday Update

| 4:22 am February 23, 2015

NWS Birmingham has dropped the winter advisories for Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, where temperatures remain above freezing…

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And, precipitation is moving rapidly to the east, with just some freezing drizzle remaining over the northern third of the state, where the surface temperatures are below 32…

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Just be aware icy patches are possible along and north of U.S. 278 early this morning (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden).

Now we can deal with tomorrow and Wednesday as more winter weather issues are ahead. A full discussion and new Weather Xtreme video are coming up shortly.

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Sunday Night Notes

| 9:07 pm February 15, 2015

I will be on ABC 33/40 News tonight at 10:00… hope you can join us.

Not much change in the overall thinking for tomorrow (since this morning)…

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New guidance rolling still suggests the main threat of icy travel will be well to the north of Birmingham, mainly over the Tennessee Valley. We can’t rule out isolated freezing rain areas as far south as U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden). Warm air advection will push us well above freezing by mid morning, and statewide we expect a soaking rain tomorrow afternoon.

This 15 hour HRRR model loop tells the story nicely.

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As the rain ends tomorrow night, there is a chance of some light snow or snow flurries in the colder air, but the chance of any precipitation looks low. A few icy patches are possible early Tuesday morning where there is standing water.

ARCTIC BLAST: One of the headlines for the week is the Arctic air blowing in here Wednesday and Thursday; the GFS is printing a low of 15 in Birmingham early Thursday, with a high of only 33. These two days look dry for now.

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I will have a new discussion and a Weather Xtreme video posted very early tomorrow morning…

Cold and Wet; A Brighter Weekend

| 6:36 am January 23, 2015

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COLD RAIN CONTINUES: Periods of rain will continue across the great state of Alabama today; temperatures won’t change much during the day with most communities holding in the 40s. Additional rain amounts of 1/2 inch are likely, which should bring storm totals into the 1-2 inch range by tonight.

SNOW FLAKES LATE TONIGHT: As the surface low, now in the northern Gulf of Mexico, moves northeast late tonight, there is a good chance the rain will change over to light snow before ending over North Alabama. The main window for this light snow will come from about 2:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m., so most of you will sleep right through it.

Temperatures over North/Central Alabama (places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, Gadsden) should be in the mid 30s, so roads will stay just wet and there should be no travel impacts. However, up over far North Alabama’s Tennessee Valley, a few icy spots on bridges are not out of the question. But even up there widespread problems are not anticipated.

A little light accumulation is possible on grassy areas north of Birmingham, but it sure won’t stick around long.

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THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The sky will become mostly sunny by mid to late morning tomorrow, and the high will be close to 50 degrees. Sunday will be warmer, with ample sunshine and a high in the mid to upper 50s.

NEXT WEEK: An Alberta Clipper will pass northeast of Alabama Monday; we stay dry with a mix of sun and clouds along with a high around 50 degrees. Then, the rest of the week looks cool and dry with highs in the 50s, and lows in the 30s, which is right at seasonal averages for Alabama in late January.

THE LAND OF VOODOO: There has been good consistency in the idea of a storm system impacting Alabama the following weekend, around Sunday February 1 and Monday February 2. And yes, there has been evidence of some winter weather mischief, but there is no skill in a specific forecast 10 days in advance, as long time readers fully understand. Should this system form, it also will have potential to pull down some pretty cold air once it passes as the AO/NAO combo goes negative. Take some time to see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

THREE YEARS AGO TODAY: Eleven tornadoes touched down during the pre-dawn hours on January 23, 2012; two people were killed in Jefferson County. One of the most memorable tornadoes was an EF-3 that tore through Center Point and Clay…

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I will be doing a weather program this morning at Stemley Road Elementary School in Talladega County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Here Comes The Rain

| 3:36 pm January 22, 2015

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RADAR CHECK: Rain is increasing over West Alabama this afternoon; even a few reports of sleet mixed in with the rain over Northeast Alabama. The sleet goes away soon, and the rain should be widespread across the state tonight and tomorrow as a surface low moves across the northern Gulf of Mexico, with good upper support. Not much change in the forecast thinking; rain totals of around one inch for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden, with potential for two inches along the Gulf Coast at Mobile and Pensacola. No thunder, no flooding… just rain. It will be a cold rain with temperatures in the 40s all day tomorrow.

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SNOW FLAKES LATE TOMORROW NIGHT/EARLY SATURDAY? As the surface low moves northeast, there is a decent chance the rain will taper off to light snow over North Alabama before ending. The best chance of light snow is between 2:00 and 7:00 a.m. Saturday, and mostly north of a line from Vernon to Jasper to Oneonta to Gadsden. This will be a low impact situation, with surface temperatures generally above freezing, and roads just wet.

The possible exception is over far North Alabama, where temperatures could slip into the low 30s around daybreak Saturday. A touch of bridge icing is possible in places like Muscle Shoals, Athens, Huntsville, and Scottsboro, and maybe even a small amount of accumulation could be found there in grassy areas.But again, this is a low impact event.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The sky becomes partly sunny Saturday afternoon as drier air works into the state; the day will be cool with a high between 47 and 50 degrees. Then, Sunday looks pretty nice with ample sunshine and a high in the upper 50s.

NEXT WEEK: The Alberta Clipper will pass northeast of Alabama, and we have dropped any mention of light rain on Monday. We stay dry with a mix of sun and clouds; in fact much of the week looks cool and dry with highs mostly in the 50s, and lows mostly in the 30s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more long range details.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids at Snow Rogers Elementary School near Gardendale… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM on ABC 33/40 News at 5:00! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Rain Getting Closer To Alabama

| 6:18 am January 22, 2015

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RADAR CHECK: No rain for Alabama this morning, but the sky has become mostly cloudy, and a large mass of rain is west of the state over parts of Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Today will be cloudy cooler with a high in the mid 50s, and some rain could enter the southwest part of the state this afternoon.

COLD AND WET: Rain becomes widespread across our state tonight and tomorrow as a surface low moves through the northern Gulf of Mexico. Temperatures will stay in the 40s all day tomorrow, and rain amounts up to one inch are likely for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden. Heavier rain is possible to the south, where Mobile could see a storm total of two inches.

LATE TOMORROW NIGHT/EARLY SATURDAY MORNING: There is a decent chance the rain could briefly change to light snow on the back side of the departing system over North Alabama generally between midnight tomorrow night and 6:00 a.m. Saturday. Temperatures will be above freezing, there won’t be any accumulation, and no impact. Just the usual Alabama curiosity factor with snow flakes.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The sky becomes partly sunny Saturday afternoon with a high in the low 50s, and Sunday looks like a pretty decent day with ample sunshine and a high in the mid to upper 50s.

NEXT WEEK: Models continue to trend drier for Alabama Monday as the Alberta Clipper passes well to the northeast, and I think we can take out the risk of light rain. Monday should feature a mix of sun and clouds with a high in the 52-55 degree range. Then, cool and dry weather continues for the rest of the week. No sign of any bitterly cold air for Alabama through the rest of January; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have a weather program today at Snow Rogers Elementary School in Gardendale… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Mid-Morning Update

| 8:24 am January 15, 2015

A cold, messy winter day is unfolding for Alabama. Sleet has been falling over parts of North and West Alabama, with rain to the south.

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Temperatures are above freezing at Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston, and they will stay above freezing as we slowly rise into the low 40s later today. No travel issues, and mostly rain for these cities.

TO THE NORTH: The atmosphere is cold enough for light snow over the northern third of the state, and there could be some light accumulation on grassy areas.

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Temperatures at places like Haleyville, Cullman, and Gadsden are still a tad below freezing at 8:15a… they rise above freezing there later this morning. While some light accumulation is possible on grass there, roads will be just wet, and travel issues are not expected. Accordingly, the NWS in Huntsville and Birmingham has not issued any kind of winter weather advisory.

The precipitation will end late this afternoon, and the sun will be back in full force tomorrow. Scroll down for a detailed discussion of weather over the next 15 days….