New Tornado Watch Until 9:00 AM

Tornado Watch #40

Tornado Watch

 A new tornado watch has been issued for our area and this watch covers, Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Sumter, and Tallapoosa Counties. The watch will be in place until 9:00 AM. The threat will end first in our western counties as a front approaches the area. Our other counties that were under the watch have been dropped so the severe weather threat has ended for Tuscaloosa and Pickens counties and points northward.

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Severe Threat Continues/More On Tonight’s Snow Chance

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NAM Simulated Radar Reflectivity (Sunday Morning)

Good morning! It has been a very busy day for us and we are still in the weather center monitoring the latest conditions. As things stand right now there are still flooding concerns as rain totals in many areas approach the four inch mark. Needless to say, if you have a camp or maybe live along the local waterways this is an issue we’ll probably be dealing with over the next several days. From about Aliceville southeastward to Uniontown, and points northward, the air has stabilized quite a bit due to the cold pool associated with the rain. However, elevated strong to severe thunderstorms will remain a possibility with the primary threat being large hail and straight-line winds. As for areas south of this line, temperatures are bordering the 70 degree mark. A surface low is taking shape over west Mississippi and this will pull the cold front through our area during the late morning hours. Temperatures are in the 40s in Greeneville Mississippi, while it’s a warm 72 in Vicksburg, just south along the Mississippi River. As the low approaches Alabama the threat for thunderstorms and tornadoes will return, especially over southern sections of our area.

What is the deal with the snow? Well I’ve been fairly confident in some snow occurring over our area tonight. The possibility is out there for up to two inches of snow to occur in some spots according to the latest data. The setup all depends on how the dry air interacts with the upper air cold pool arriving overnight. If you recall during the last event a few months ago, when Baton Rouge was slammed with accumulating snow, a cold core low produced no snow over the immediate area. However, we had quick accumulations in Marion and Winston Counties. During that particular event, everybody under the moon was calling for a good accumulation over central Alabama. The dry air eroded much of the precipitation before it reached central Alabama. However, if you look back on another event in 1998, you will find that we picked up nearly six inches of snow in parts of West Alabama.

Some of the best guidance out there continues to agree that we could see measurable snow, the question remains how much. Based on guidance we feel our forecast snow total map of 1 inch plus is a good call for areas to the north, with a dusting or more possible in the central and southern sections. This is based on current data and let me stress that this may be adjusted as we approach the event and examine radar trends. The current forecast panel attached is the NAM forecasted radar reflectivity for tomorrow morning and the returns you see would certainly represent snow falling in our area. A lot of snow will melt initially and that is another fly in the ointment of trying to pinpoint an exact accumulation. Winter Storm Watches are up now for northern Mississippi. Stay with your local weather team for the latest updates!

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

Friday Evening Weather Discussion; Posted at 9:44 p.m.

A good Friday evening to you! What a busy day it has been for all of us, with numerous severe weather warnings, including tornado warnings. We’ve dealt with one of the longest lasting tornado events we’ve seen in a long time. Fortunately, we haven’t seen much in the way of damage reports, which we hope will continue. Round one is over, but we are expecting a secondary round of severe weather to begin over the next few hours. We are all under a tornado watch until 3 a.m. This activity will finally come to an end by the late morning hours tomorrow, as cold air really moves behind a strong cold front. Temperatures will fall through the day on Saturday, with 40s expected by the afternoon. The rain will be gone for a short while, but more active weather will be in Saturday night.

A winter storm threat will be moving into our area, with an accumulating snow event possible for most of central Alabama Saturday night into Sunday morning. The National Weather Service office has talked about issuing a heavy snow watch of warning for our area for this event. We’ll know word on that later tonight or early tomorrow. Either way, I feel confident that this could be a snowy setup for us. I’ve forecasted 1 – 2 inches for Tuscaloosa and points north. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more than that somewhere across our area as a cold core upper level low moves west and central Alabama. These systems bring their own cold air, and through a process of dynamic cooling from aloft, we’ll see a quick change over from rain to snow late Saturday night. We could deal with some travel issues as temperatures dip below freezing by early Sunday morning. With warm surface conditions, the main issues will come from overpasses and elevated roadways.

The sun will be back out by Monday and we will start to warm up; expect temperatures in the 50s on Monday and 60s on Tuesday. Lots of sun will be around through next Friday, with temperatures in the 70s by then. Be sure to join us tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest on your weather on WVUA-TV. Also, stay with us through out the night incase more severe weather moves in. Have a great evening!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Fayette, & Lamar Cos. – Until 9:30 PM

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…

SOUTHWESTERN WALKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF FAYETTE…
 

SOUTHEASTERN LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

  NORTHEASTERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF REFORM…
  NORTHWESTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 930 PM CST * AT 845 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE

  THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING NICKEL SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR ASHCRAFT CORNER…OR 8 MILES EAST OF MILLPORT…AND MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR…

 9 MILES SOUTH OF FAYETTE BY 855 PM CST…
  

6 MILES SOUTH OF BANKSTON BY 910 PM CST…

 BERRY BY 915 PM CST…

BOLEY SPRINGS BY 920 PM CST… WINDS OF 60 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES. THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS…HAIL…AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

Tornado Warning for Hale, Marengo, & Perry Cos. – Until 7:15 PM

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

*  TORNADO WARNING FOR…

SOUTHERN AUTAUGA COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA… EAST CENTRAL PERRY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA… NORTHERN DALLAS COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…VALLEY GRANDE…SELMA… NORTHWESTERN LOWNDES COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA… THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF MOSSES…

* UNTIL 715 PM CST

* AT 638 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
  THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 6 MILES WEST OF POTTER
  STATION…OR 11 MILES WEST OF SELMA…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 60 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR…
  MEMORIAL STADIUM…SELMA AND OLD CAHABA PARK BY 650 PM CST…
  SARDIS BY 655 PM CST…
  TYLER BY 700 PM CST…
  BENTON BY 705 PM CST…
  WHITE HALL AND MOSSES BY 710 PM CST…
  LOWNDESBORO BY 715 PM CST…

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE…SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES…EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…LIE FLAT IN THE
NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM CST FRIDAY EVENING FOR
SOUTHERN ALABAMA.

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Tornado Warning for Greene, Hale, Marengo, & Perry Cos. – Until 6:45 PM

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
WEST CENTRAL AUTAUGA COUNTY
IN CENTRAL ALABAMA...
SOUTHERN PERRY COUNTY
IN CENTRAL ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...
UNIONTOWN...MARION...
NORTHERN DALLAS COUNTY IN SOUTH
CENTRAL ALABAMA...
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...VALLEY GRANDE...SELMA...
  NORTHEASTERN MARENGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...
  EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...
  SOUTHERN HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 645 PM CST

* AT 600 PM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
  THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR NEWBERN...OR 6
  MILES NORTH OF UNIONTOWN...MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
  VALDEN AND 8 MILES SOUTH OF MARION BY 610 PM CST...
  MARION JUNCTION BY 615 PM CST...
  POTTER STATION BY 630 PM CST...
  MEMORIAL STADIUM AND 7 MILES NORTH OF DALLAS COUNTY HORSE ARENA BY
  635 PM CST...
  VALLEY GRANDE...SELMA AND 8 MILES SOUTH OF PAUL M GRIST STATE PARK
  BY 640 PM CST...
  BURNSVILLE BY 645 PM CST...

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

Tornado Warning for Hale, Marengo, & Perry Cos. – Until 6:00PM

A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT

UNTIL 600 PM CST FOR……

 SOUTHERN HALE… SOUTHWESTERN PERRY… WEST CENTRAL DALLAS AND NORTHEASTERN MARENGO COUNTIES…

AT 543 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUED TO INDICATE A TORNADO.  THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR LANEVILLE…OR ABOUT 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF UNIONTOWN…MOVING EAST AT 55 MPH.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR…
    VALDEN BY 555 PM CST…
    MARION JUNCTION BY 600 PM CST…

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES…EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM CST FRIDAY EVENING FOR SOUTHERN ALABAMA.

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