Nice Weekend… Cold Start to Next Week… Friday Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! It has turned out to be a beautiful early February day, with lots of sunshine and seasonal temperatures. Expect a cold night tonight, with a low in the upper 20s. A light to moderate freeze and frost is expected overnight.

The weekend is looking nice, but you will notice clouds at times on Saturday. I don’t expect it to be a cloudy day, but a mix of sun and clouds can be expected. Highs will approach the middle 50s on Saturday, with a low near 32 Saturday night. The weak upper level disturbance responsible for a some passing clouds will move east of the state on Sunday, leaving us with lots of sunshine. Highs will reach the upper 50s on Sunday.

A cold front will move through the state on Monday. Expect mostly cloudy skies on Monday, with a small chance of a few sprinkles. Highs will reach the upper 40s, then fall into the upper 20s Monday night. Highs will only top out in the upper 30s to near 40 on Tuesday, with a partly sunny sky. Temperatures have trended warmer by the middle and end of next week, so the cold shot won’t last very long.

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Cool Temps… Very Cold Next Week… Thursday Forecast Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! It has turned out to be a chilly day, despite lots of sunshine. Temperatures have reached 50 in most spots, but a northwest wind is making conditions feel cooler. Expect a low below freezing tonight, with upper 20s likely. Friday will feature cool temperatures, with highs in the lower 50s, but sunny skies will make conditions feel a little better.

Saturday and Sunday is looking nice, with highs in the middle to upper 50s. A few clouds will pass by on Saturday, but I don’t expect rain in our local area. Skies will become sunny again on Sunday.

A strong cold front will track across the state on Monday. Expect much colder air to move in on Monday and especially on Tuesday. Highs will only top out in the 40s on Monday and 30s on Tuesday. A few tiny flurries or sprinkles are possible Monday and Tuesday, but accumulations are not expected. Some snow accumulations are expected in the mountains across east Tennessee. Our big story will be the colder air!

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4 Tornado Tracks Found So Far… Wednesday Update – 9:45pm #alwx

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
850 PM CST WED FEB 3 2016

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR FEBRUARY 2ND TORNADO EVENT…

.UPDATE…ADDED PRELIMINARY INFORMATION ON MCMULLEN/CARROLLTON
TORNADO…

.OVERVIEW…

A STRONG STORM SYSTEM MOVED INTO CENTRAL ALABAMA EARLY TUESDAY
AFTERNOON. FOUR TORNADO TRACKS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN CENTRAL
ALABAMA ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SYSTEM.
.MCMULLEN/CARROLLTON TORNADO (PICKENS COUNTY)…

RATING: EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 135 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 28.4 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 1200 YARDS
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: 1

START DATE: FEB 2, 2016
START TIME: 431 PM CST
START LOCATION: 9.9 MILES SSW OF MEMPHIS
START LAT/LON: 32.9982 / -88.3398

END DATE: FEB 2, 2016
END TIME: 509 PM CST
END LOCATION: 5.5 MILES NNE OF REFORM
END_LAT/LON: 33.3350 / -88.0666

THE TORNADO WAS LIKELY ALREADY ON THE GROUND AS IT CROSSED THE
STATE LINE FROM MISSISSIPPI…JUST NORTH OF THE SUMTER/PICKENS
COUNTY LINE. FROM THERE IT CONTINUED ON A NORTH-NORTHEAST PATH
ON A DIAGONAL ACROSS A LARGE PART OF PICKENS COUNTY. IT CROSSED
ALABAMA HIGHWAY 14 NEAR THE MCMULLEN COMMUNITY…NORTHWEST OF
ALICEVILLE….WHERE IT PRODUCED ITS HIGHEST RATED /EF-2/ DAMAGE.
FROM THERE…IT CONTINUED NORTH-NORTHEAST…MOVING ACROSS THE
WESTERN SIDE OF THE CITY OF CARROLLTON ROUGHLY PARALLEL TO
ALABAMA HIGHWAY 17. THE TORNADO FINALLY LIFTED NEAR HERBERT
WINDLE ROAD…BETWEEN CARROLLTON AND REFORM.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM GROUND SURVEYS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS
TORNADO IS STILL BEING COMPILED…AND WILL BE ADDED TO THIS
STATEMENT AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
.ASHCRAFT CORNER TORNADO (FAYETTE COUNTY)…

RATING: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 6.1 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 500 YARDS
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: NONE

START DATE: FEB 2, 2016
START TIME: 536 PM CST
START LOCATION: 1 MILE NW OF ASHCRAFT CORNER
START LAT/LON: 33.5399 / -87.9153

END DATE: FEB 2, 2016
END TIME: 545 PM CST
END LOCATION: 3 MILES SE OF BELK
END_LAT/LON: 33.6239 / -87.8815

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG ASHCRAFT CORNER CUTOFF AND TRACKED
NORTHEAST ALMOST PARALLELING AL HWY 159 BETWEEN COUNTY ROADS 1
AND 2. IT THEN CONTINUED NORTHEAST ALONG OWENS RD BEFORE LIFTING
ALONG COUNTY ROAD 4. THE DAMAGE CONSISTED MAINLY OF SNAPPED AND
UPROOTED TREES. THE ONLY STRUCTURAL DAMAGE FOUND ALONG THE PATH
WAS MINOR SHINGLE AND PORCH DAMAGE TO ONE RESIDENCE AT THE
INTERSECTION OF AL HWY 159 AND SUMMERS DRIVE.
.BEAVERTON TORNADO (LAMAR COUNTY)…

RATING: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 4.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 400 YARDS
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: NONE

START DATE: FEB 2, 2016
START TIME: 810 PM CST
START LOCATION: 3.7 MILES S OF BEAVERTON
START LAT/LON: 33.8779 / -88.0210

END DATE: FEB 2, 2016
END TIME: 816 PM CST
END LOCATION: 2 MILES E OF BEAVERTON
END_LAT/LON: 33.9300 / -87.9856

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG CHASTAIN RD NEAR TAYLOR SPRINGS RD.
IT MOVED NORTH-NORTHEAST AND PRODUCED MAJOR ROOF DAMAGE TO ONE
RESIDENCE AT THE INTERSECTION OF POND RD AND GARRISON RD. FROM
THERE THE TORNADO TURNED MORE TO THE NORTHEAST SNAPPING AND UPROOTING
TREES AS IT CROSSED CR 49…PINEY GROVE RD…PINEWOOD CIRCLE AND
TURKEY BRANCH RD. ONE RESIDENCE ON PINEWOOD CIRCLE SUSTAINED MINOR
SHINGLE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST CAUSING ONLY TREE
DAMAGE UNTIL IT LIFTED ALONG SORGHUM HOLLOW RD.
.ETHELSVILLE TORNADO (PICKENS COUNTY)…

RATING: EF-O
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 4.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 1400 YARDS
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: NONE

START DATE: FEB 2, 2016
START TIME: 1102 PM CST
START LOCATION: 3 MILES SE OF ETHELSVILLE
START LAT/LON: 33.3956 / -88.1635

END DATE: FEB 2, 2016
END TIME: 1108 PM CST
END LOCATION: 6.2 MILES ENE OF ETHELSVILLE
END_LAT/LON: 33.4336 / -88.1070

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN BETWEEN KEASLER RD AND HERITAGE RD
JUST NORTH OF THE RAILROAD TRACKS. IT MOVED NORTHEAST CROSSING
COUNTY ROAD 30…COUNTY ROAD 35…US HWY 82 AND PRICE RD
CAUSING ONLY TREE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO LIFTED BEFORE REACHING
COUNTY ROAD 45.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0…WEAK……65 TO 85 MPH
EF1…WEAK……86 TO 110 MPH
EF2…STRONG….111 TO 135 MPH
EF3…STRONG….136 TO 165 MPH
EF4…VIOLENT…166 TO 200 MPH
EF5…VIOLENT…>200 MPH

Dry Days Ahead… Cooler Temps… Wednesday Update – 5pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out quiet this afternoon, after active weather yesterday afternoon and lastnight. The air is a little cooler today, but most spots have reached the low 60s this afternoon, which is not bad for early February. Expect chilly temperatures tonight, with most areas dropping into the lower to middle 30s. Skies will remain partly cloudy overnight.

Here’s a look at the tornadoes from yesterday afternoon and lastnight across Alabama. The National Weather Service has sent out survey teams today, to determine the type of damage and the strength of the individual tornadoes. At this time, 4 tornadoes have been reported over extreme west Alabama only. Out of the ratings, one tornado in extreme northwest Pickens County was rated EF-0. A tornado just southwest of Fayette was rated EF-1. A tornado over east Lamar Couty, east of Vernon was rated EF-1. We are still waiting to see the official rating of the large Pickens County tornado that destroyed atleast 23 homes. If there are new tornadoes reported, I’ll post an update. So far, there has been no tornado damage reported in central or east Alabama.

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The local forecast will include partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies at times on Thursday. Highs will reach the lower 50s. We’ll remain in the low 50s through Friday, with a light freeze Thursday night and Friday night.

A few clouds will pass by on Saturday, but our area should remain dry. Highs will reach the middle 50s on Saturday and Sunday. Much colder air will take over on Monday and Tuesday of next week. This could be some of the coldest air so far this season.

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

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Severe Weather Is Long Gone… Wednesday Update – 10am #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday morning! Here’s a look over UA campus in Tuscaloosa from Bryant-Denny Stadium. It’s turned into a beautiful morning, as some sunshine has returned to west Alabama. All of central and east Alabama will experience a partly to mostly sunny sky later this morning and into the afternoon. We’ve had several areas of tornado damage from yesterday and lastnight, mainly in west Alabama. We’re waiting on survey teams with the National Weather Service in Birmingham to update us on the classification and intensity of the damage. As soon as I get that information, I’ll post it.

Temperatures today will warm into the 60s, so enjoy the nice weather if you have a chance today. Temperatures turn a bit cooler tomorrow and Friday.

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Tornado Watch Continues Til 4am for Parts of Central & East AL… #alwx @wvua23

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At 1:40am, the tornado watch has been extended east a few counties to now include Talladega, Clay and Coosa County in our coverage area. The watch, in yellow above, has been trimmed back several counties over west and northwest Alabama, as the risk of severe weather has ended in those areas. If you remain in a Tornado Watch, remain alert for the next couple of hours, as the risk will be ending soon there…

It has been a few hours since we have had any severe issues, as instability continues to decrease, and the better dynamics continue to pull away from Alabama. A low end risk of a stray spin-up tornado will continue for the next few hours before coming to an end for portions of central and east Alabama, however, much of west Alabama is no longer in the risk area. Some areas may deal with flash flooding under some of the stronger storms.

If you live west of Birmingham, Brent, Centreville, Greensboro and Demopolis, I no longer expect severe weather in your area. If you are east of these cities, there is still a low end severe risk through 4am, but the risk will continue to end from west to east between now and 4am. If we get another tornado warning, you can join us live on WVUA23.

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1:30am Wed Radar Update: Severe Risk Ending Fast… #alwx @wvua23

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At 1:30am on this Wednesday morning, rain and storms continue in our area. It has been a few hours since we have had any severe issues, as instability continues to decrease, and the better dynamics continue to pull away from Alabama. A low end risk of a stray spin-up tornado will continue for the next few hours before coming to an end for portions of central and east Alabama, however, much of west Alabama is no longer in the risk area. Some areas may deal with flash flooding under some of the stronger storms.

If you live west of Birmingham, Brent, Centreville, Greensboro and Demopolis, I no longer expect severe weather in your area. If you are east of these cities, there is still a low end severe risk through 4am, but the risk will continue to end from west to east between now and 4am. If we get another tornado warning, you can join us live on WVUA23.

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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