Saturday Evening Post

| February 14, 2015 @ 8:47 pm

Just a few notes; my next full discussion will be posted around 6:00 a.m. tomorrow.

*The new 00Z model data is rolling in. The NAM has come in a bit warmer, suggesting the freeze line will be north of Birmingham Monday morning as precipitation moves in.

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Let me caution you that at this phase of the game, it is best to get your head out of computer model output and look at real-time, observed weather. The NAM is probably underestimating the depth of the cold air about to move into Alabama…

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It is 12 below zero (F) at Hayward, Wisconsin tonight, and that pure Arctic air will move into Alabama after midnight tonight. We will watch temperatures tomorrow and get a real idea of the airmass moving in.

BOTTOM LINE: No doubt parts of North Alabama will have icy travel Monday morning due to freezing rain (and probably some snow north of the Tennessee River). The hardest part of this forecast is defining the southern boundary of the bridge/road icing. For now we have the southern extent of the icing along a line from Aliceville to Centreville to Calera to Roanoke.

I do believe there will be a strip of heavy ice accumulation (.3 inch or so) somewhere over North Alabama.

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It could very well be a morning with Gardendale getting lots of ice and serious travel problems with temperatures in the upper 20s, while Alabaster just has a cold rain with temperatures in the mid 30s.

We won’t be changing anything over the next few hours; changes, if needed, will be reflected in the early morning update tomorrow.

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Stay tuned…

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