Much Colder/Watching For Snow Flurries

Last night we were on storm watch and now 24 hours later, we’re on flurry watch! I’ve been living here all my life and I can say that this is weather in Alabama. As we first mentioned yesterday, there will be the chance for some snow flurries tonight. That chance for seeing a few flakes is actually looking much better. Check out the large swath of precipitation dipping into north Alabama. This is the same area of precipitation we talked about during our earlier broadcasts and in the evening webcast. The higher terrain of northeast Alabama may see some light accumulations. We still have not set today’s low temperature. As of this posting time, our current temperature was 42-degrees, with a wind chill of 34. If we see any flurries around we will be sure to grab some shots for our 10:00 broadcast. Be sure to join us tonight and stay warm!

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Weather

Advertisements

Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

We reached our high temperature for the day during the early morning hours. This was in advance of a line of strong to severe thunderstorms. We didn’t have much active weather locally however, things really got rough for our friends in Birmingham and points east. A tornado warning was issued at one point and even one fatality was related to a downed tree on a home in Leeds. Now we’ve had a sharp return to winter time weather and tonight there could be a few snow flurries as temperatures dip into the 20s. There will be a greater chance of seeing a few snow flakes in areas northeast of Tuscaloosa.

Tomorrow the high temperature will be reaching the middle 40s and there will be a mostly clear sky overhead, so the sunshine should help with the cooler temperatures. It’s still going to feel chilly and a northwest breeze will be in place. Tomorrow night the right combination of light winds and clear skies will make for a decent freeze. By Friday we will recover into the 60s and there could be a shower as a cold front stalls nearby. The flow will remain quite mild and this weekend the daytime periods won’t be too bad. We will have highs in the middle to upper 60s, with a partly cloudy sky. Another storm system will drop in and bring a chance of rain and thunderstorms on Monday. Be sure to tune in tonight for more details!

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Weather

10:00 AM Weather Update

Good morning! We managed to get a few hours of sleep today; however, we were quite busy monitoring the weather overnight. The good news is that the severe weather threat is over. A couple of severe thunderstorm warnings were in place at one point and even neighboring Jefferson County went underneath a tornado warning at one point. Temperatures will be falling through the 50s today and by the afternoon it is going to be feeling quite cold as we will be dealing with 40s. As mentioned in yesterday’s forecast, there could be a few snow flurries as the low clouds linger later on. We managed to pick up 0.58” of rain last night and that puts us over the five inch mark. This is the first time we’ve had such a healthy monthly rain total in over a year! It’s still raining over southern portions of the area and this activity will gradually shift southward. Be sure to check in later today for the afternoon discussion and you can find our morning discussion on the main weather page.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Weather

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Bibb County

The National Weather Service has cancelled the Tornado Warning for Jefferson County and line of storms has almost cleared Tuscaloosa County. Look for the threat of high winds to continue for communities like Moundville, Greenesboro, Gallion, Linden, Centreville, Brent, Clanton, Livingston, Ward, York, and Demopolis. The storms will continue to march southward.

 A Severe Thunderstorm warning was just issued for Bibb, Shelby, and Jefferson Counties. In these areas the winds could top 60 mph. This warning will last until 4:14 AM.

Tornado Warning Jefferson County!

We’ve gotten a couple of reports of high wind and rain in the City of Tuscaloosa. The storms continue to march southeast and winds will be gusting as high as 40 mph. The line has arced to the southeast, and this area will bring high wind gusts to Duncanville, Hulls, Moundville, and Centreville over the next 30 minutes. Also a tornado Warning was just issued for Jefferson County! Be sure to stay with your Home Team for the latest.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Weather

3:20 AM SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR Jefferson County

  THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…VESTAVIA HILLS…TRUSSVILLE…
  MOUNTAIN BROOK…MIDFIELD…LIPSCOMB…LEEDS…IRONDALE…
  HUEYTOWN…HOOVER…HOMEWOOD…GARDENDALE…FULTONDALE…
  FORESTDALE…FAIRFIELD…CENTER POINT…BRIGHTON…BIRMINGHAM
  AIRPORT…BIRMINGHAM…BESSEMER…

* UNTIL 400 AM CST

* AT 319 AM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
  LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN
  EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING
  FROM KIMBERLY TO WELLER…OR ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 8 MILES
  NORTH OF GARDENDALE TO 11 MILES SOUTHWEST OF HUEYTOWN…AND MOVING
  EAST AT 70 MPH.

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NEAR…
  PALMERDALE…VESTAVIA HILLS…SHANNON AND PINSON-CLAY-CHALKVILLE BY
  330 AM CST…
  TRUSSVILLE…IRONDALE…CAHABA HEIGHTS AND ALTON BY 335 AM CST…
  LEEDS AND LITTLE CAHABA RIVER BELOW LEEDS BY 340 AM CST…

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE
IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL…AND DEADLY CLOUD
TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…
PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

…SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ALERT FOR TUSCALOOSA COUNTY UNTIL 315 AM

AT 235 AM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING
STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM BANKSTON TO GORDO TO
ALICEVILLE…OR ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 11 MILES SOUTHEAST OF
FAYETTE TO 10 MILES EAST OF REFORM TO ALICEVILLE…MOVING EAST AT 60
MPH.

WINDS UP TO 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS.

* LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH INCLUDE…
  NEW LEXINGTON.
  ECHOLA.
  US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY WELL.
  WINDHAM SPRINGS.
  TUSCALOOSA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT.
  LAKE TUSCALOOSA.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 600 AM CST.