Chilly Air…. Few Showers Early Next Week… Friday Forecast Update – 4:45pm #alwx

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Good Friday afternoon! We had a mess early this morning, with strong to severe storms tracking across Alabama. I haven’t heard of any significant damage in our local area from the storms, which is fantastic news. One good thing… we got some much needed rain amounts out of this system. Here’s some of our weather watcher totals:

Lisa Ann – Coaling: 1.83″

Donna Robinson – Havana: 1.40″

Shelly Morgan – Hugo: 1.03″

Ronald Hughes – Coker: 0.97″

Northport: 0.95″

Steve Rigsby – Jasper: 0.80″

Tuscaloosa: 0.77″

Steven Ray – Fosters: 0.65″

Birmingham: 0.62″

Conditions will drastically cool off this evening and tonight, as the coolest air this season is set to arrive. Temperatures will fall into the upper 40s by sunrise Saturday morning. A cool northwest breeze will take over this evening and remain in place through midday on Saturday. Conditions will feel cool on Saturday, despite lots of sun. Expect highs to reach the upper 60s on Saturday. Winds will go calm Saturday night, with temperatures dropping into the lower to middle 40s!

As the deep upper air trough gradually lifts out, temperatures will modify on Sunday and Monday. Expect highs in the middle to upper 70s on Sunday and lower 80s on Monday. Areas northeast of Birmingham will stay in the 70s all day on Monday.

A weak disturbance will track across the area Monday night and on Tuesday. Expect a partly cloudy sky, with a small chance of showers in our area. This won’t be a major rain event, but don’t be shocked if a few downpours develop Monday night and on Tuesday. We’ll go dry and sunny by mid-week, with temperatures warming into the lower to middle 80s. Overnight lows will modify into the upper 50s to low 60s.

Football Friday will include dropping temperatures and clearing skies for the local high school games tonight. I don’t expect any issues with rain tonight, so all stadiums will be dry by game-time. Temperatures will start off in the lower 70s at kickoff, then falling into the lower 60s to end the games around 10pm. Some areas northwest of I-20 could be in the upper 50s by 10pm.

Alabama takes on Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday afternoon, with a 2:30pm kickoff. Temperatures will start off at kickoff near 70, then drop into the middle 60s at the end of the game. Expect sunny skies for that game. Auburn plays LSU in Auburn on Saturday, with a 6pm kickoff. Expect temperatures to start off in the lower 60s at kickoff, then fall into the upper 50s at the end of the game, under a clear sky.

The tropics are quiet…

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Storms Gradually End From West to East this Morning… Chilly Air Arrives Tonight! Friday AM Update – 5am #alwx

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At 5am, we’ve still got a batch of strong storms tracking eastward across Alabama. The storms started off in far west Alabama just after 1am, then slowly moved from west to east across the state. Fortunately, I haven’t heard of any major damage from these storms.

What now? At 5am, the main axis of heavy rain and thunder was lined up from Gadsden to Alabaster to Centreville to Linden. These storms are moving east and will exit east Alabama into Georgia by 8am this morning. With the leading edge of the storms for areas in central and east Alabama, expect heavy rain, gusty winds and intense lightning for about an hour. Behind the leading edge of the storms, we’ve got lots of light to moderate rain stretching back into east Mississippi. The back edge of that rain will come to and end from west to east through the mid to late morning hours, with most of our area going rain free by 11am. A few showers are possible after this ends, until the cold front moves through during the early afternoon. Once the morning round ends, anything additional popping up on radar won’t last long and some areas will not get any more rain this afternoon.

It will get much cooler tonight!!! While watching the radar, I’ve been also looking at the latest forecast guidance numbers. Models suggest temperatures will drop into the middle 40s on this Friday night, with highs in the upper 60s on Saturday. By Saturday night, all of west and central Alabama will dip into the 40s, with a few upper 30s possible for the cooler spots northeast of Birmingham. These next 2 nights will be the coolest nights so far this season.

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Noisy Storms Continue… Main Storms End Later This Morning… Friday AM Update – 4am #alwx

I’ll be here watching the storms as they pass through incase anything gets out of hand across our area.

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Good Friday morning! As of 4am, we’ve got one severe storm in Bibb, Shelby and Jefferson County, but all other storms on radar are non-severe. That being said, all storms tracking across the state are producing lots of lightning, gusty winds and heavy rain. The batch of storms as of 4am was lined up from Cullman to Birmingham to Tuscaloosa to Demopolis areas. These storms will gradually move east and out of our area later this morning, as a cold front moves in from the west.

What to expect: Between 4am and 7am, strong to severe storms will continue to track east at 45mph across Alabama. The risk of anything becoming severe will decrease by sunrise, as the environment becomes less favorable for anything severe. Storms will reach Georgia and move out of our area shortly after sunrise; in-fact, northwest Alabama will be totally out of the rain shortly before sunrise this morning. Most of your Friday midday and afternoon will be dry, after this early morning rain continues to track east. A second round of scattered showers and a few storms are possible a little later today, but that should be much more isolated than what’s on radar now. In-fact, most areas will not get any more rain after this batch moves out this morning.

I’ll be here watching the radar through the morning hours…

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Severe T-storm Warning for Bibb, Jefferson and Shelby County Until 4:30am Friday… #alwx

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BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL

332 AM CDT FRI OCT 3 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…  NORTHERN BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…  SOUTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA..   SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 AM CDT

* AT 331 AM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE 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   ALABAMA ADVENTURE TO MERTZ…AND MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…   HUEYTOWN…BESSEMER…FAIRFIELD…HOMEWOOD…BIRMINGHAM…VESTAVIA   HILLS…HOOVER AND MOUNTAIN BROOK.

THIS INCLUDES… INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 228 THROUGH 262… INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 33… INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 104 THROUGH 140… INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 130 THROUGH 143…

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

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

Strong Storms Rolling Through… 2am Radar Update Friday… #alwx

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Good early Friday morning! We’re watching a line of storms move into western Alabama early this morning. As of 2am, the main line was lined up from Hamilton to Vernon to Columbus to Starkville and pushing east at 45mph. There’s a new line developing over western Alabama, about 40 to 65 miles ahead of the main line.

So far so good… there are no active watches or warnings for our area. We have noticed a weakening trend with the line as advertised in the forecast, so most areas will get through tonight with nothing more than some rain and thunder. There’s still a chance some storms could produce strong winds, enough to bring a couple of trees down early this morning. Again, this will only occur in isolated spots, with the best chance of that happening near and north of I-20. There’s lots of fuel for the showers and storms, with very high moisture levels and a decent amount of instability. This will cause storms to produce very heavy rain for short period of time.

The storms will gradually end this morning from west to east; in-fact, for west Alabama, most of your Friday will be dry, other than this early morning mess. It will be closer to the midday hours before the rain ends in far east Alabama. Some models hint at a second batch of a few scattered showers or storms along the main front this afternoon, but I don’t expect that to amount to much. By that point, the best shear and energy will be well north of Alabama; plus, the morning round will do a number on the atmosphere and make it harder for additional organized storms.

I’ll be here watching the storms as they pass through incase anything gets out of hand across our area.

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