Winter Weather Advisory & Winter Storm Watch for Tonight & Tomorrow

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Watch for all of West Alabama.  Details are listed below.

Robert Stevenson
WVUA Weather

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
316 PM CST SAT FEB 28 2009

…WINTER WEATHER POSSIBLE ACROSS THE AREA LATE TONIGHT AND SUNDAY…

A STRONG UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL DROP SOUTHEAST INTO THE AREA LATE TONIGHT AND ESPECIALLY DURING THE DAY ON SUNDAY. AS THE COLD AIR AND MOISTURE MOVE INTO THE AREA… SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP FIRST IN THE NORTHWEST SECTIONS LATER TONIGHT AND POSSIBLY ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA ON SUNDAY.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM CST SUNDAY

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR TONIGHT…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM CST SUNDAY. A WINTER STORM WATCH HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS WINTER STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

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RAIN BECOMING MIXED WITH SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP NEAR MIDNIGHT… THEN CHANGE TO ALL SNOW BY MORNING. SNOW ACCUMULATION UP TO ONE INCH WILL BE POSSIBLE… MAINLY ON GRASSY SURFACES… ALTHOUGH SOME ELEVATED ROAD SURFACES COULD BECOME SLICK.

ON SUNDAY AS THE UPPER LOW MOVES THROUGH… SOME SNOW ACCUMULATION WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE AREA…ALTHOUGH A GREAT DEAL OF UNCERTAINTY AS TO THE AMOUNTS AND LOCATIONS REMAIN AT THIS TIME. AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT HOURS… MORE INFORMATION WILL BECOME AVAILABLE.

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

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE:  MARION… LAMAR… FAYETTE… WINSTON… WALKER… BLOUNT… PICKENS… TUSCALOOSA… JEFFERSON… SHELBY… BIBB… ETOWAH… CALHOUN… CHEROKEE… CLEBURNE… ST. CLAIR… TALLADEGA… CLAY… RANDOLPH… SUMTER… GREENE… HALE… PERRY… CHILTON… COOSA… TALLAPOOSA… CHAMBERS… MARENGO… DALLAS… AUTAUGA… LOWNDES… ELMORE… MONTGOMERY… MACON… BULLOCK… LEE… RUSSELL… PIKE… BARBOUR.

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF… HAMILTON… SULLIGENT… VERNON… FAYETTE… DOUBLE SPRINGS… JASPER… ONEONTA… CARROLLTON… TUSCALOOSA… BIRMINGHAM… HOOVER… COLUMBIANA… PELHAM… ALABASTER… CENTREVILLE… GADSDEN… ANNISTON… CENTRE… HEFLIN… PELL CITY… MOODY… TALLADEGA… SYLACAUGA… ASHLAND… ROANOKE… LIVINGSTON… EUTAW… GREENSBORO… MOUNDVILLE… MARION… CLANTON… ROCKFORD… ALEXANDER CITY… DADEVILLE… VALLEY… LANETT… LAFAYETTE… DEMOPOLIS… LINDEN… SELMA… PRATTVILLE… FORT DEPOSIT… HAYNEVILLE… WETUMPKA… TALLASSEE… MONTGOMERY… TUSKEGEE… UNION SPRINGS… AUBURN… OPELIKA… PHENIX CITY… TROY… EUFAULA.

Winter Weather Tonight/Early Tomorrow – Update at 3:14 p.m.

HPC's forecast map for today.

HPC's forecast map for today.

Well, it’s looking like we will see at least some snowfall across our area late tonight/early Sunday. An upper level low will move into the area later this evening. As you’ve noticed, we’ve already cooled of quite a bit today… temperatures have been falling. We’ll see a cold rain to start off with later this evening, and overnight, that rain will turn over to snow.

There could be areas of 1 to 3 inches of snow in the area… much of it accumulating on grassy surfaces. With systems like this, there could be a narrow band of heavier snowfall.
This shouldn’t cause major travel issues… as temperatures will be in the 40s by Sunday afternoon.

This evening, we will have a better handle on possible snowfall accumulations as we get fresh data and computer models. As of my writing this, there are no winter weather advisories for West Alabama.

With weather systems like this, it’s hard to pinpoint all the facets of the forecast until a short time before it happens.

We’ll have blog updates here online, and Richard Scott will have the full forecast tonight, on WVUA News at 10:00.

Robert Stevenson
WVUA Weather

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Perry and Hale Counties Until 6:15 a.m.

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
534 AM CST SAT FEB 28 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
WEST CENTRAL AUTAUGA COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN CHILTON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHERN PERRY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF MARION…
NORTHEASTERN DALLAS COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
EAST CENTRAL HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF GREENSBORO…

* UNTIL 615 AM CST

* AT 530 AM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE HAIL. THIS STORM WAS
LOCATED 10 MILES NORTH OF MARION…AND MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR…
PARNELL AND MAPLESVILLE BY 610 AM CST…
PLECHER BY 615 AM CST…

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 AM CST SATURDAY MORNING
FOR SOUTHERN ALABAMA.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758.

WVUA-TV’s Richard Scott

Saturday Morning Thoughts; Posted at 5:22 a.m.

Good morning to you! I just wanted to throw around some thoughts about the severe weather and wintry weather. The severe weather threat is over for Tuscaloosa now, but there is still a severe thunderstorm warning for many counties to our east and south. The severe activity will be out of our area by 7 am or so. There is still a tornado watch until 9 a.m. for counties south of Tuscaloosa. With colder and more stable air moving in, we’ll see the rain quickly shut off across all of our coverage area in the next couple of hours. It has been a long day and night for the entire staff at WVUA, but we are about done with the severe weather.

Now, our next weather issue will be a little more fun. A winter storm threat is going to move in tonight, with a chance for snow all across central Alabama. Accumulations are likely for most of the area, with the heavier totals east of Tuscaloosa. Expect a dusting – 2 inches area wide, with a heavier amount somewhere in there. It is hard to tell where that will occur, but our best bet is a strip less than 50 miles wide across our western and central counties will give us some higher totals. We will be here with you for updates during the winter weather threat and will be on the air if necessary tonight through tomorrow morning. With it being a weekend, there won’t be many people on the roadways, so that will be a good thing. I don’t think we have any major travel issues, but it could get a little icy on the elevated roadways and overpasses. Just use common sense and take caution if traveling on the roads tonight. Be sure to stay with us. We’ll have a live newscast tonight at 10 p.m., but you can also get our latest thoughts right here on our weather blog page. Have a great Saturday!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Until 5:45 a.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
  BIBB COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…CENTREVILLE…BRENT…
  NORTHWESTERN CHILTON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF JEMISON…
  SOUTH CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…HOOVER…BESSEMER…
  NORTHERN PERRY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…PELHAM…MONTEVALLO…HELENA…
  WILSONVILLE…COLUMBIANA…CHELSEA…CALERA…ALABASTER…
  SOUTHERN GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF EUTAW…
  HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF GREENSBORO…
  SOUTHEASTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 545 AM CST

* AT 450 AM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
  SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE HAIL…AND
  DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED
  ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NORTH JOHNS TO MERTZ TO BOLIGEE…OR
  ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 7 MILES WEST OF BESSEMER TO 15 MILES
  WEST OF BRENT TO 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF EUTAW…AND MOVING EAST AT 50
  MPH.

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NEAR…
  RAIMUND…BESSEMER AND SAWYERVILLE BY 500 AM CST…
  REGIONS PARK OR HOOVER MET…WEST CENTREVILLE…HARRISBURG AND
  CENTREVILLE BY 505 AM CST…
  RIVERCHASE…INDIAN SPRINGS VILLAGE AND RIVERCHASE GALLERIA BY 510
  AM CST…

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 219 THROUGH 247…
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 13…
AND INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 86 THROUGH 108.

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 AM CST SATURDAY MORNING
FOR SOUTHERN ALABAMA.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758.

WVUA-TV’s Richard Scott

Flash Flood Warning Until 7:00 AM For Lamar

A new Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Lamar County until 7:00 a.m.

Severe T-Storm Warning Until 4:15 AM

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 4:15 for Greene, Hale, Tuscaloosa, and Pickens County.  Damaging straight-line winds will be possible with this storm and large hail. A tornado warning may be issued south of this line as some rotation is being depicted by radar in East Mississippi. Stay tuned!