Saturday Afternoon Weather Discussion… Rain Moves Out… 2:45 PM

We’ve dealt with a rough start to our weekend, with a batch of heavy rain working across the state. The rain has moved out just in time for the Alabama football game in Tuscaloosa. We could still see a shower or two this afternoon, but the heavy rain is over. Our friends in eastern Alabama will continue to see heavy rain through the rest of the afternoon. As a cold front moves through the state this evening, we will finally see a change in our overall weather pattern. Lower humidity values will flow into the state tonight, which will make our weather feel great!

On Sunday, a good supply of sunshine is expected; temperatures will remain in the middle 80s for highs. Other than a warm afternoon, it’s going to feel a little more like fall. Another cold front is on the way for Monday; due to low moisture values, we won’t have any rain to deal with. As the front moves through Monday afternoon, we’ll see a few more clouds, but that will be about it. Our data continues to bring cooler air in on Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures will top out near 80 degrees on both Tuesday and Wednesday; expect mostly sunny skies both days. With low humidity, it will feel a lot like fall through Thursday. Low will bottom off in the lower to middle 50s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Things become a little more unpredictable by next weekend. Some data suggest that another cold front will move through on Saturday; we’ll keep an eye on this as we get closer.

Tropical Depression Eight has formed in the central Atlantic. There are no worries with this system, as it is expected to turn out to sea. Be sure to join us tonight on WVUA-TV news at 10.

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Rain Is Moving Out Of Tuscaloosa! – 2 PM

Our afternoon has turned soggy across much of west and central Alabama, with heavy rain at times. The good news for the tailgaters on the University of Alabama campus, rain is moving out. Looking at the latest radar trends, the rain should be over by 2:15 PM, which will be just in time for the game. So far, there is no more rain developing to our west, so our rain chance is going down for the rest of the day. The rain will shift into east Alabama, where rainfall will last for much of the day. Other than a left-over shower or two, our rain is moving out of west Alabama. I’ll have a fresh weather discussion on here in about an hour.

 

WVUA-TV’s Richard Scott

Flash Flood Reports in Walker County – 12:05 PM

We are getting flash flooding reports out of Walker County. Several roads are reported closed in Cordova and Parrish due to flash flooding. Do not drive through flooded roadways! It doesn’t take much running water to sweep a vehicle off of a highway, so don’t take that chance. There is a flash flood warning for Walker County until 2:15 PM.

WVUA-TV’s Richard Scott

Flash Flood Warning for Walker County Until 2:15 PM

FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1115 AM CDT SAT SEP 26 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
  SOUTHERN WALKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…SUMITON…DORA…CORDOVA…

* UNTIL 215 PM CDT

* AT 1112 AM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETECTED FLASH
  FLOODING FROM MULTIPLE THUNDERSTORMS MOVING OVER THE WARNED AREA.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO ROCKY
  HOLLOW…PARRISH…OAKMAN…BURNWELL AND BELOIT

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WARNED
AREA. ESTIMATES OF 3 TO 4 INCHES HAVE ALREADY FALLEN OVER PARTS OF
SOUTHERN WALKER COUNTY.

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF FLOOD WATERS. ONLY A FEW INCHES OF
RAPIDLY FLOWING WATER CAN QUICKLY CARRY AWAY YOUR VEHICLE.

WVUA-TV’s Richard Scott

Flooding Report…10:45 AM

Report:

 

Lamar County Emergency Management has reported flooding on several roadways in downtown Vernon, with several roads covered in water. Just a reminder that Lamar County is under a flash flood warning until 1 PM.

WVUA-TV’s Richard Scott

Flash Flood Warning Until 1 PM For Lamar County

FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1005 AM CDT SAT SEP 26 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
  LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…VERNON…SULLIGENT…MILLPORT…

* UNTIL 100 PM CDT

* AT 1004 AM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETECTED FLASH
  FLOODING FROM A THUNDERSTORM OVER THE WARNED AREA.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO LAMAR
  COUNTY AIRPORT…CREWS…BLOOMING GROVE AND BEDFORD

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS…URBAN AREAS…HIGHWAYS…STREETS AND UNDERPASSES
AS WELL AS OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.
IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY.
RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE
PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS
SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR BY
AUTOMOBILE.

WVUA-TV’s Richard Scott

Flash Flood Watch Until 1 AM

…A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IF IN EFFECT FOR AREAS ALONG AND NORTH OF
INTERSTATE 20 AND WEST OF INTERSTATE 65 FROM 10 AM UNTIL 7 PM
SATURDAY. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR AREAS ALONG AND
EAST OF INTERSTATE 65 FROM 10 AM SATURDAY UNTIL 1 AM SUNDAY…

.AN EXTREMELY MOIST AND UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT IS IN PLACE AHEAD OF
A STRONG COLD FRONT THAT WILL MOVE THROUGH CENTRAL ALABAMA LATER
THIS MORNING THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS. WITH SATURATED SOILS FROM
PREVIOUS RAINFALL AND THE PROSPECT OF ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAIN ALONG AND
AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT…FLASH FLOODING WILL BE POSSIBLE FOR MUCH
OF THE AREA.

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MARION-LAMAR-FAYETTE-WINSTON-WALKER-PICKENS-TUSCALOOSA-BIBB-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…HAMILTON…SULLIGENT…VERNON…
FAYETTE…DOUBLE SPRINGS…JASPER…CARROLLTON…TUSCALOOSA…
CENTREVILLE
415 AM CDT SAT SEP 26 2009

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING
THROUGH THIS EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA…NORTHWEST
ALABAMA AND WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING
AREAS…IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…BIBB AND WALKER. IN NORTHWEST
ALABAMA…MARION AND WINSTON. IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
FAYETTE…LAMAR…PICKENS AND TUSCALOOSA.

* FROM 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING

* AS A STRONG COLD FRONT PASSES THROUGH THE AREA LATER TODAY…HEAVY
  RAIN IS LIKELY FROM THE MID MORNING INTO THE AFTERNOON HOURS.
  WIDESPREAD RAINFALL OF ONE TO TWO INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH
  LOCAL AMOUNTS EXCEEDING THREE INCHES AS THE SHOWERS AND
  THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOP ALONG THE FRONT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

WVUA-TV’s Richard Scott