Mild Weekend Ahead… Friday Eve Forecast Update – 5pm

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Good Friday evening! I had a great time speaking to the 5th grade classes at Huntington Place Elementary this morning for career day! I’ll show the kids on WVUA-TV news at 5, 6 and 10pm.

Our local weather today has turned out fantastic, with warmer temperatures and some sunshine. As of 5pm, clouds have moved into the area this evening, with a little light rain and sprinkles moving into Alabama from the west. If you have plans outdoors this evening or tonight, have an umbrella handy incase some sprinkles or light rain moves into your area. If you get rain at your house, it won’t last long and won’t amount to much. This activity is in response to a warm front tracking northeast into Alabama. Expect lows in the lower 40s late tonight.

The weekend forecast is looking great, with mild temperatures and dry conditions. Expect highs in the lower 70s on both Saturday and Sunday. Skies will remain partly sunny, due to some low level moisture. Expect lows in the upper 40s to lower 50s at night Saturday night and Sunday night.

A cold front will pass through Alabama on Monday, which will really drop temperatures into the chilly range. Highs will top out in the middle 50s early Monday morning, then falling into the 40s after 10am Monday morning. The jackets will be needed on Monday. Expect the risk of rain to be rather high on Monday, but rain totals should remain under 1 inch across the area.

Skies become sunny on Tuesday, with a high in the lower 50s. Models have warmed this shot of cooler air a bit for Monday through Wednesday, so I don’t expect anything brutal… Highs will reach the lower 50s on Tuesday and lower 30s during the overnight hours both Monday night and Tuesday night.

A Gulf low will spread a little rain into the state on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Models indicate that temperatures will remain well above freezing, so wintry weather isn’t expected.

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NWS Finds EF-0 Tornado Damage in St. Clair County from last Thursday Night…

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The National Weather Service found tornado damage in St. Clair County from last Thursday night… The map above shows where the tornado occurred late Thursday night… Below is a capture of our radar about 5 minutes after the tornado had lifted, but this shows the storm responsible for producing the EF-0 tornado in St. Clair County. There was no tornado warning for this storm, nor any storm that tracked across central Alabama that night… Keep in mind, the National Weather Service in Birmingham does a great job, but sometimes it can be hard to warn for small spin-up tornadoes like that.

St.Clair Tornado

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
253 PM CST THU FEB 27 2014

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 02/21/2014 TORNADO EVENT…

.DELAYED PUBLIC REPORTS PROMPTED NWS STORM SURVEY…

.EVENT OVERVIEW…

BASED ON DAMAGE REPORTS AND STORM DAMAGE PHOTOS FROM  THE FEBRUARY 21ST EVENT RECEIVED FROM THE PUBLIC THIS WEEK, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS CONDUCTED A STORM  SURVEY IN ST CLAIR COUNTY ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH. THE FOLLOWING IS RESULTS FROM THAT SURVEY.

.BRANCHVILLE TORNADO…

RATING: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 4.1 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 150 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 0

START DATE: 02/21/2014
START TIME: 0156 AM CST
START LOCATION: 2 MILES WSW OF BRANCHVILLE
START LAT/LON: 33.6516/-86.4682

END DATE: 02/21/2014
END TIME: 0200 AM CST
END LOCATION: 2 MILES ENE OF BRANCHVILLE
END_LAT/LON: 33.6704/-86.4011

SURVEY_SUMMARY: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST  SURVEYED THE DAMAGE IN CENTRAL ST. CLAIR COUNTY AND HAVE DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS DUE TO AN EF-0 TORNADO. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR JAMAICA LN WHERE ONLY MINOR
ROOF DAMAGE TO A DOUBLE-WIDE MOBILE HOME WAS OBSERVED WITH  SOME SMALLER TREES UPROOTED. THE TORNADO INCREASED IN  INTENSITY AS IT NEARED THE SANIE RD AND NELSIE ANN DR  INTERSECTION. MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO 6-8 TWO-STORY HOMES  WAS OBSERVED ALONG WITH 30-50 UPROOTED OR SNAPPED TREES.  A COUPLE OF THE SMALLER TREES ON THE NORTHERN EDGE OF THE DAMAGE WERE FACING SOUTHEAST. SIMILAR DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED  ALONG HURST DR WITH 25-40 TREES EITHER SNAPPED OR UPROOTED  WITH SOME MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO A TWO-STORY HOME AND A BARN.  THE TORNADO NARROWED AS IT APPROACHED HWY 411. ANOTHER 25-40  TREES WERE OBSERVED EITHER UPROOTED OR SNAPPED ALONG THE  INTERSECTION OF SHADOW BEND RD AND HWY 411. A MAJORITY OF  THE TREES WERE FACING NORTHEAST BUT A COUPLE OF SMALL TREES ALONG THE NORTHERN EDGE OF THE DAMAGE WERE FACING  SOUTHEAST…CLEARLY INDICATING A CONVERGENT DAMAGE PATH.  THE LAST POINT OF CONCENTRATED DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG TUCKER  RD WHERE 10-20 TREES WERE EITHER UPROOTED OR SNAPPED WITH ONE  DOWN ON A HOME. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST TO THE EAST-NORTHEAST  OF THIS LOCATION WITH SPORADIC DAMAGE BEYOND THIS POINT.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0…WEAK……65 TO 85 MPH
EF1…WEAK……86 TO 110 MPH
EF2…STRONG….111 TO 135 MPH
EF3…STRONG….136 TO 165 MPH
EF4…VIOLENT…166 TO 200 MPH
EF5…VIOLENT…>200 MPH*

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Warmer Weather Ahead… Thursday Forecast Update – 4:45pm

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Good Thursday afternoon! Our weather started off very cold this morning, but with lots of sunshine, temperatures modified a bit this afternoon. As of 4:45pm, most areas are in the upper 40s to lower 50s. As the sun sets this evening, temperatures will rapidly drop, with low 40s at 7pm, low 30s at 10pm and upper 20s at midnight. Skies will remain clear tonight, and winds will remain calm. Expect a thick frost early Friday morning.

A warming trend really kicks in on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as a south wind develops. Expect highs in the upper 50s on Friday, with a gradual increase in clouds. A weak warm front will lift northward through the state Friday night, and a few light showers are possible with the frontal passage. Saturday and Sunday will feature dry weather, with highs reaching the upper 60s Saturday and lower 70s Sunday. We can expect a mix of sun and clouds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A strong cold front will pass through Alabama on Monday, which will really help to enhance our rain chances. We can expect a soaking on Monday, with temperatures falling into the 40s after lunch. Highs will struggle to reach 50 on Tuesday. Lows will drop into the lower 30s Monday night and upper 20s Tuesday night.

A storm system will pass to the south of Alabama on Wednesday night and Thursday, which will bring the risk of some light rain. If the surface low tracks a little further north, we could be in for a heavy rain event on Thursday…

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Warmer Days Soon… Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Update – 5pm

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Good Wednesday afternoon! It was a cold winter day across Alabama, with temperatures struggling to reach the lower 40s across the area. Some people north of I-20 even dealt with a light wintry mix around daybreak this morning. Dry air has now taken over, with some clearing across the area. As skies go clear tonight, we can expect temperatures to rapidly drop during the overnight hours. Expect upper 30s at 7pm, lower 30s at 10pm and middle 20s at midnight. All of west and central Alabama will experience temperatures in the lower to middle 20s late tonight.

Thursday will feature a good supply of sun, with highs warming into the lower 50s. Conditions will start to feel a little better after lunch on Thursday, but we’ll notice another cold night Thursday night. Lows will fall into the middle to upper 20s by sunrise Friday morning.

Friday is looking even better, with highs in the upper 50s. I wouldn’t be shocked if some towns reach the lower 60s south of I-20 on Friday. Moisture levels will increase on Friday, so we’ll notice warmer temperatures at night. Lows Friday night and Saturday night will drop into the 40s; well above freezing.

The weekend forecast is looking great! We’ll have a light south wind, which will cause the air temperature to warm into the middle or upper 60s on Saturday and lower 70s on Sunday. I wouldn’t be shocked if some reach the middle 70s on Sunday. Clouds will increase on Sunday, with a chance of a stray shower. The best chance of rain will hold off until Monday, when we’ll deal with a soaking across the state. Temperatures will quickly drop again on Monday and Tuesday…

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Early AM Wintry Mix Early to the North… Rain to the South, Then Dry… Wednesday Update – 5am

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As of 5am on this Wednesday morning, a wintry mix of light rain, sleet and snow is happening for areas near or north of Fayette, Warrior and Gadsden. To the south of this line, we’ve got all rain… A quick change to a wintry mix is possible as far south as the north side of Birmingham and Anniston through 9am, but it is now unlikely any frozen precip falls in the city of Tuscaloosa. Where this mix is occurring, no accumulations are expected.

Roads are just wet this morning, even where the wintry mix is happening, so schools and businesses should continue as scheduled. The precip will end quickly this morning, with dry air taking over by 9am or 10am. The big story will be the cold air today, as high struggle to reach the middle 40s, with lows in the lower 20s tonight!

The good news… Temperatures will gradually warm back into the lower 50s on Thursday for highs and near 60 on Friday. Skies will become mostly sunny on Thursday and Friday. The weekend is looking nearly perfect at this point, with mid 60s on Saturday and lower 70s on Sunday. It will still be rather cool at night over the weekend, with lows generally in the 40s.

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Light Mix for Some Early Wednesday… Weather Update – 9:30pm Tuesday

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Good Tuesday evening! After going over the latest forecast data, it now appears that most spots near and north of Tuscaloosa, near and north of Birmingham and near and north of Anniston will have a quick transition from light rain to light sleet or light snow between 3am and 10am Wednesday morning.

How will roads be affected: Roads across west and central Alabama are well above freezing, so anything that falls should rapidly melt on impact. I don’t expect any travel issues, so schools and businesses should go as planned. Plus, surface temperatures should remain just above freezing along I-20. Areas around Hamilton, Cullman and Gadsden will get into the 31 to 33 degree range, but travel issues are unlikely there, as road temperatures will remain above freezing.

Will this stick: Accumulations are unlikely, since ground temperatures are in the lower 50s. I wouldn’t be shocked if areas north of Vernon, Fayette, Jasper, Warrior and Anniston get a quick dusting. If anything at all in that area, it would quickly melt once the precip stops. We’re only talking about a small window of opportunity for precip to fall as sleet or light snow in these areas listed above, so it will be hard for accumulations to occur.

Everyone south of Tuscaloosa, Alabaster, and Talladega will likely experience all rain tonight and early Wednesday…

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Rain Tonight… Cold Wednesday! Nice Weekend… – Tuesday Update 4:30pm

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Good Tuesday afternoon! We’ve had a few showers across Alabama this morning, but some areas noticed some sunshine this afternoon and evening. As the sun sets, clouds will build back into the entire area, as uplift increases. A disturbance will track along a strong cold front, which will help to spread a soaking rain into the area. As a deep layer of cold air moves in after midnight, rain may mix with light snow for areas north of I-20. Surface temperatures should remain above freezing, and ground temperatures are in the 50s, so accumulations are unlikely. Areas near and south of I-20 will likely experience all rain tonight and very early Wednesday. The best chance of some snow flakes mixing in will occur between 3am and 9am Wednesday morning, with the best risk happening north of Tuscaloosa, near and north of Birmingham, near and north of Anniston. Schools and businesses should continue as scheduled tomorrow…

You’ll notice a big-time chill d0wn on Wednesday, with highs in the lower to middle 40s. Skies will remain mostly cloudy on Wednesday, due to a southwest flow aloft. Upper level moisture will spread over the cold air over Alabama, but the air near the surface will be too dry to support rain after 10am. A chilly north wind will keep wind chill values near or below freezing all day. Expect a hard freeze Wednesday night and Thursday night, with lows in the 20s.

The good news! This will not be a long duration cold snap, as highs will quickly warm back into the lower 50s on Thursday and upper 50s on Friday. Expect lots of sun on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Highs will reach the middle 60s on Saturday and lower 70s on Sunday. As model data continues to increase highs this weekend, I’ve bumped up the numbers a bit. I think most people area happy about that…

There’s a chance of a stray shower late Sunday, with a good chance of a soaking rain on Monday. Temperatures will get a bit cooler late Monday and on Tuesday.

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