Brookwood Picture

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A viewer in Brookwood sent us this picture today. This shows ice starting to collect on the pines as temperatures hovered near freezing early in the day. The precipitation ended by noon. If you have a weather picture send it to wxpics@wvua7.com.  

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Friday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

Thankfully the threat for icing has ended as the rain has now shifted well south and east of our area. Some drizzle can’t be ruled out overnight, with lots of clouds overhead. Lows will be dropping well below freezing tonight and the roads have dried up nicely. Therefore, I’m not expecting any problems travel-wise. The big story will be the very cold air through tonight, with improvements in temperatures beginning tomorrow.

Overall looking back at today’s event, the concerning time frame was between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. as a band of moderate rain moved through. Dewpoint’s were low and the temperatures dropped fast. Locally, the lowest temperature was 33-degrees at the airport and just down the road, near Lake Lurleen, icing was starting to happen on some elevated surfaces. Other reports from the morning included freezing rain in Samantha, Jasper, and northern Lamar County.

The good news is that the icy threat is over and we will see the temperatures by tomorrow afternoon back into the upper 40s. You can expect some sunshine to break through the clouds tomorrow, with lows in the upper 20s. Sunday we will be in the 50s and by Monday afternoon we could be flirting with the 70-degree mark. A strong area of low pressure will march across the state and bring us a good chance of rain and thunderstorms late Monday night and Tuesday. At this point in the game I can’t rule out the chance for a strong or severe thunderstorm. The rain will be departing just as colder air rushes in next Wednesday. Highs for next Wednesday and Thursday will be in the upper 40s.

Updated by: Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt

Winter Weather Advisory Update

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has cancelled the winter weather advisory for the remainder of the area. Details are below.

…WINTRY MIXED PRECIPITATION HAS ENDED ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA…

ALTHOUGH SOME DRIZZLE MAY FALL ACROSS PARTS OF NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS…THE PRECIPITATION WILL GENERALLY REMAIN IN THE FORM OF LIQUID. TEMPERATURES WHERE THE DRIZZLE WILL FALL WILL REMAIN ABOVE FREEZING.

COUNTY SPECIFIC MESSAGE:

MARION-LAMAR-FAYETTE-WINSTON-WALKER-BLOUNT-ETOWAH-CALHOUN-CHEROKEE-CLEBURNE-PICKENS-TUSCALOOSA-JEFFERSON-SHELBY-ST. CLAIR-TALLADEGA-CLAY-RANDOLPH

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…HAMILTON…SULLIGENT…VERNON… FAYETTE…DOUBLE SPRINGS…JASPER…ONEONTA…GADSDEN… ANNISTON… CENTRE… HEFLIN… CARROLLTON… TUSCALOOSA… BIRMINGHAM… HOOVER… COLUMBIANA… PELHAM… ALABASTER… PELL CITY… MOODY… TALLADEGA… SYLACAUGA… ASHLAND… ROANOKE

102 PM CST FRI FEB 9 2007

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS CANCELLED…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS CANCELLED THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY.

MOST LOCATIONS ARE EXPERIENCING TEMPERATURES JUST ABOVE THE FREEZING MARK. FOR AREAS HOVERING AT THE FREEZING MARK…NO PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED THE REMAINDER OF THE AFTERNOON. ANY PRECIPITATION THAT DOES FALL WILL REMAIN IN THE LIQUID FORM.

AFFECTED COUNTIES:

IN ALABAMA: BLOUNT, CALHOUN, CHEROKEE, CLAY, CLEBURNE, ETOWAH, FAYETTE, JEFFERSON, LAMAR, MARION, PICKENS, RANDOLPH, SHELBY, ST CLAIR, TALLADEGA, TUSCALOOSA, WALKER, WINSTON.

Special Winter Weather Update

Good morning! It’s been a very busy day for us so far, as we are right on the fine-dividing line for wintry precipitation. Some reports we are hearing are that rain is freezing on contact in the Lake Lurleen State Park area. Also, reports of freezing rain have been filtering in from Walker and Lamar Counties. I just got off the phone with Dave McDaniel from WTBC and he reports the interstate is fine between Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. He did report some light sleet mixing in with the rain near the Brookwood Exit and also, he received a report earlier of freezing rain in the Samantha area around 9:00 a.m.

Our latest official temperature was 34-degrees and with dewpoints in the upper 20s, we may drop a couple of degrees putting us on the critical freezing mark. We’ve been back and forth between 33 and 34-degrees. I think its safe to say for areas along and north of a line from Aliceville to Moundville to West Blocton freezing rain will be possible. Some spots throughout Pickens, Tuscaloosa, and northern Bibb counties, where the precipitation is now located, will soon if not already experience some icing. This will begin primarily on overpasses so use extra caution when crossing bridges and elevated surfaces. The positive news is that we are not seeing much rain to our west so the precipitation will be on the light and scattered side by noon. Due to the scattered rain, the light totals will likely keep the special weather alert at advisory criteria. Therefore, we’re not anticipating a major ice storm. With all this being said, more rain will be possible through the afternoon and the advisory will continue through 6:00 p.m. Tonight the concern will grow for ice developing due to residual moisture from all of the rain. The entire area will drop below freezing so drive with extra caution right through tonight. Tomorrow we will climb safely above freezing and the travel concerns will end.

We will have full coverage coming up at 11:00 so be sure to join your Home Team. I will be leading off the newscast with the latest on the wintry weather.

Updated by: Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt

Friday Morning Update

So far, we’re just dealing with rain in our area.  The only closing we have as I write this is for Bevill State Community College, all campuses.  They will resume classes and events tomorrow.

Temperatures stayed in the 40s most of the night in Tuscaloosa.  We had some rain around 3:30 and that helped temps drop into the upper 30s.  This is going to be close for us.  We still expect temperatures to fall off towards freezing later this morning. So there could be some slick spots from some light freezing rain.  Because of some uncertainty in when the precipitation may end this afternoon/evening, the National Weather Service in Birmingham has extended the Winter Weather Advisory until 6 o’clock.

Robert Stevenson

…A WINTRY MIX EXPECTED ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA ON FRIDAY…

.THE COMBINATION OF COLD AIR ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA AND AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL PRODUCE A WINTRY PRECIPITATION MIXTURE TODAY. FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET WILL OCCUR FROM WEST TO EAST TODAY AND LAST THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS.

COUNTIES:  MARION – LAMAR – FAYETTE – WINSTON – WALKER – PICKENS – TUSCALOOSA – INCLUDING THE CITIES OF; HAMILTON… SULLIGENT… VERNON… FAYETTE… DOUBLE SPRINGS… JASPER… CARROLLTON… TUSCALOOSA

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON…

A MIXTURE OF FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET WILL CONTINUE OFF AND ON TODAY FOR LOCATIONS WEST OF INTERSTATE 65. THE WINTRY MIX WILL SPREAD EASTWARD THROUGH THE MORNING HOURS BEFORE TAPERING OFF IN THE LATE AFTERNOON. THERE IS SOME DISCREPANCY ON THE TIMING OF WHEN THE PRECIPITATION WILL END…BUT IT WILL BE SPOTTY IN NATURE AFTER 3 PM FOR LOCATIONS WEST OF INTERSTATE 65. ICE ACCUMULATIONS AROUND 0.05 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO HOVER AROUND OR JUST ABOVE THE FREEZING MARK THROUGHOUT THE DAY. LIGHT ICE ACCUMULATIONS CAN BE EXPECTED ON EXPOSED OBJECTS SUCH AS TREES AND BRIDGES…AND MAY PRODUCE SLICK ROAD CONDITIONS.

TEMPERATURES FRIDAY NIGHT WILL DROP OFF INTO THE MID 20S. THEREFORE…ANY ICE THAT ACCUMULATES WILL LIKELY NOT MELT UNTIL SATURDAY MORNING. EVEN THOUGH THE PRECIPITATION WILL END BY LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON…SLICK ROAD CONDITIONS MAY PERSIST INTO SATURDAY.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SLEET…OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.