Author Archive: Bill Murray

Bill Murray is the President of The Weather Factory. He is the site's official weather historian and a weekend forecaster. He also anchors the site's severe weather coverage. Bill Murray is the proud holder of National Weather Association Digital Seal #0001 @wxhistorian

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Here Comes the Front

Here Comes the Front

| January 28, 2019 @ 6:45 pm

The cold front is near Memphis at this hour. Rain is now spreading into Northwest Alabama. It will begin changing to snow later tonight as the band slips southeastward across North and Central Alabama.

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Winter Storm Warning Expanded Southward

Winter Storm Warning Expanded Southward

| January 28, 2019 @ 3:50 pm

An additional row of counties to the south has been added to the Winter Storm Warning. Hazardous driving conditions are expected starting late tonight. They will continue until mid-morning Wednesday.

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Forecast On Track:  New Model Data Is In

Forecast On Track: New Model Data Is In

| January 28, 2019 @ 1:20 pm

Morning model data is consistent with our forecast and a band of rain changing to snow will move across the area, dropping a quick 1-3 inch snowfall for a large part of Central and North Alabama. Hazardous driving conditions are expected.

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Here is the Latest on the Alabama Weather Situation at 10:30 a.m.

Here is the Latest on the Alabama Weather Situation at 10:30 a.m.

| January 28, 2019 @ 10:32 am

An arctic cold front will bring a heavy burst of snow to North and Central Alabama starting late tonight and Tuesday morning, leaving 1-3 inches accumulation across a wide area. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect. Prepare now and plan for hazardous driving conditions late tonight and Tuesday through to Wednesday morning.

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Winter Storm Watch Issued by the National Weather Service Birmingham; Watches and Advisories Issued for Surrounding States As Well

Winter Storm Watch Issued by the National Weather Service Birmingham; Watches and Advisories Issued for Surrounding States As Well

| January 27, 2019 @ 3:18 pm

Winter storm watches and winter weather advisories now cover a large part of the southeastern United States for a significant snowfall that will affect these areas starting late Monday night with hazardous road conditions developing and perhaps remaining in place into Thursday.

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Winter Storm Watches Issued for Late Monday Night Into Tuesday for Parts of Alabama and Nearby States

Winter Storm Watches Issued for Late Monday Night Into Tuesday for Parts of Alabama and Nearby States

| January 27, 2019 @ 2:37 pm

Winter storm watches and winter weather advisories have been issued for parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia in advance of a snow event that will impact these areas late Monday night through much of Tuesday, with hazardous road conditions lasting into Wednesday and perhaps Thursday.

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Early Afternoon Update: and Notes on the Winter Weather Threat for Tuesday for Alabama

Early Afternoon Update: and Notes on the Winter Weather Threat for Tuesday for Alabama

| January 27, 2019 @ 1:32 pm

Winter storm watches may be issued as early as this afternoon for parts of Alabama as a snow event begins shaping up for Tuesday. Snow, rapidly dropping temperatures and moisture on bridges and roads will lead to widespread travel problems beginning as early as Tuesday morning and continuing into Wednesday. Road problems may persist until Thursday morning.

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Snow Event Coming Early Tuesday Morning; Very Cold Conditions Follow

Snow Event Coming Early Tuesday Morning; Very Cold Conditions Follow

| January 27, 2019 @ 7:35 am

Much of North and Central Alabama will be impacted by a significant winter storm on Tuesday with snowfall amounts of 1/2 to 3 inches likely and up to 4 inches possible in spots. Plan for hazardous driving conditions late Monday night over northwestern sections spreading over the rest of the area Tuesday morning.

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A Windy, Stormy Wednesday for Central and North Alabama

A Windy, Stormy Wednesday for Central and North Alabama

| January 23, 2019 @ 5:35 am

Windy conditions are expected across Alabama today, with possible gusts as high as 40 mph. It will be rainy as well, with as much as 2 inches of rain possible. Some strong to severe storms are possible over southern sections as well.

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Wetumpka Tornado Tentatively Rated as High-End EF2

Wetumpka Tornado Tentatively Rated as High-End EF2

| January 20, 2019 @ 6:38 pm

Saturday’s Wetumpka Tornado has been tentatively rated as an EF-2 but the rating could go higher after consultation with engineers. A total of four tornadoes hit Central Alabama yesterday.

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Skies Slow to Clear, Mercury Slow to Recover

Skies Slow to Clear, Mercury Slow to Recover

| January 20, 2019 @ 11:52 am

It is a cold, cloudy, raw day across Central and North Alabama with temperatures in the 30s and a biting northwest wind. Skies will gradually clear this afternoon, setting the stage for a cold backdrop for tonight’s Lunar Eclipse.

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Active Weather Pattern Continues:  Cold, Wind, Eclipse, Mid-Week Warmup, Rain, Flurries, Snow Next Weekend?

Active Weather Pattern Continues: Cold, Wind, Eclipse, Mid-Week Warmup, Rain, Flurries, Snow Next Weekend?

| January 20, 2019 @ 7:01 am

A cold, windy day is in store for Alabama today with temperatures hovering in the 30s and wind chill values in the teens and 20s.

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New Tornado Warning Includes Northeast Tuscaloosa and Southwestern Jefferson Counties

New Tornado Warning Includes Northeast Tuscaloosa and Southwestern Jefferson Counties

| January 19, 2019 @ 10:58 am

The storm over Tuscaloosa has reintensified and could produce a tornado as it exits northeastern Tuscaloosa County and moves into western Jefferson County.

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New Tornado Warning for Greene County:  Will Parallel I-59/20 Like Previous Storm

New Tornado Warning for Greene County: Will Parallel I-59/20 Like Previous Storm

| January 19, 2019 @ 10:44 am

A new tornado warning has been issued for Greene County for a circulation approaching Union. It will move into southwestern Tuscaloosa County before 11:15 a.m.

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Tuscaloosa County Warning Cancelled:  Circulation Has Weakened

Tuscaloosa County Warning Cancelled: Circulation Has Weakened

| January 19, 2019 @ 10:31 am

The circulation over Tuscaloosa County has weakened and the tornado warning has been canceled. Be alert as the storm tracks across Tuscaloosa and towards western Jefferson County.

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Heads Up:  Tornado Warned Storm in Greene County Could Affect City of Tuscaloosa Before 10:30 a.m.

Heads Up: Tornado Warned Storm in Greene County Could Affect City of Tuscaloosa Before 10:30 a.m.

| January 19, 2019 @ 10:03 am

We want our friends in West Alabama, including Greene and Tuscaloosa Counties to take the storm passing northwest of Eutaw very seriously. It could produce a tornado at any time. It could affect the City of Tuscaloosa before 10:30 a.m.

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