Chilly & Breezy Start to Week… Sunday Forecast Update — 8pm

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Good Sunday evening! After waking up to mostly sunny skies this morning, clouds overspread the sky this afternoon and showers and a few strong thunderstorms moved through early this evening due to an Alberta Clipper that will turn into a Nor’easter for NYC and Boston, MA tomorrow. Anywhere from 1-3 FEET of snow is expected for much of the Northeast.

We will remain cloudy tonight even after the rain pushes its way north and out of the state, allowing us to remain a little on the warm side for our low temperature. Tomorrow we wake up with a few of leftover clouds still lingering around but they will work their way out during the morning hours. By lunch time we will start to see mostly sunny skies. Even with sunshine returning during the day tomorrow, we will remain fairly chilly thanks to a strong northwesterly breeze pulling cooler air in from the north.

For early mid-week we have ample amounts of sunshine return to help warm us up to the 60° mark just before the next rain making system arrives to bring us showers and cooler temperatures. For the day Thursday we will remain mostly cloudy until a cold front swings through the state late afternoon, marking the start of showers. The rain will only last overnight and end before Friday morning. The system will be moving very quickly, so by Friday morning we will already have sunshine returning; however, that sunshine won’t remain for the weekend.

This coming weekend will be mostly cloudy and end with showers. Saturday we start the day with developing clouds that remain throughout the day and night, keeping our night-time temperatures on the warmer side. Sunday we continue to have those clouds hanging around and showers will slide across the state later Sunday.

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Severe T-Storm Warnings CANCELLED… Sunday Forecast Update — 7pm #alwx

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As of 7pm, all severe thunderstorm warnings have been cancelled. There is still a significant weather advisory in place for Talladega and Coosa counties until 7:30pm CST.

This line of storms has had reported wind gusts at 58mph and has reportedly downed trees and power lines in Tuscaloosa County. These storms packed a punch due to the very cold air aloft while the surface temperatures were still in the 60’s. This contrast allowed for high wind gusts and lightning to occur.

There is another line of storms in East Mississippi that is moving east; however, since we’ve already seen a line come through here, I would not anticipate this next line to pack as powerful of a punch. There will still be rain, some gusty winds and the potential for some lightning.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning…Bibb, Hale, St. Clair Counties…Expires 7 p.m. 1/25/15

From the National Weather Service:

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Warning for Hale County has been cancelled.

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
558 PM CST SUN JAN 25 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 700 PM CST

* AT 555 PM CST…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
GARDENDALE TO MOUNDVILLE…AND MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HELENA…BRENT…CENTREVILLE…PELHAM…ODENVILLE…MOODY…
ALABASTER AND CHELSEA.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 228 THROUGH 247…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 144 THROUGH 158…
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBER 148…

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.

&&

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Tuscaloosa and Jefferson Counties… Expires 6:30 p.m. 1/25/15

From the National Weather Service.

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SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
602 PM CST SUN JAN 25 2015

ALC073-125-260030-
/O.CON.KBMX.SV.W.0006.000000T0000Z-150126T0030Z/
JEFFERSON AL-TUSCALOOSA AL-
602 PM CST SUN JAN 25 2015

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHEASTERN
TUSCALOOSA AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES UNTIL 630 PM CST...

AT 601 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR 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 BROOKSIDE TO ALABAMA ADVENTURE TO 7 MILES WEST OF LOW GAP...
MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  FAIRFIELD...GARDENDALE...BESSEMER...FULTONDALE...BIRMINGHAM...
  HOMEWOOD...VESTAVIA HILLS...HOOVER...IRONDALE AND MOUNTAIN BROOK.

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Mixed Bag of Weather for Sunday… Saturday Forecast Update — 7:30pm

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After a very dreary and cold Friday, it was great to see the sunshine once this afternoon. Our skies will remain clear overnight as temperatures fall into the lower 30’s tonight, so keep the winter coat handy tonight.

Sunday will start off clear and sunny, temperatures will warm up quickly into the upper 50’s and lower 60’s Sunday afternoon. Throughout the day on Sunday, expect some breezy conditions out the southwest helping boost our temperatures a bit. Clouds will begin to build into the area Sunday afternoon and evening as an Alberta Clipper system swings across the Ohio Valley Sunday night into Monday. We will see some clouds and our northern counties will see a passing shower or two Sunday night and early Monday morning as the cold front swings through.

Sunshine returns Monday; however, with a brisk northwesterly breeze, temperatures will remain in the upper 40’s Monday afternoon. Tuesday and Wednesday will remain sunny and high temperatures will rebound back into the mid and upper 50’s. Morning low temperatures will remain chilly in the lower 30’s.

Another Alberta Clipper will bring some more clouds and few extra rain showers our way Thursday and Friday. There will not be as much cold air behind it as we’ll see Monday, so temperatures will remain in the 50’s next weekend; but a larger system will be developing in the Texas Panhandle Saturday that will bring us more rain late next weekend.

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A Look Back… January 24, 1997… Saturday Update — 6:45pm

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Eighteen years ago today, a F2 tornado struck Tuscaloosa around 5pm on January 24, 1997. Only one fatality was reported with this tornado; however there was plenty of damage from I-59/US 82 intersection up into the Five Points area. Below is an excerpt discussing the damage and path of the storm by the National Weather Service. The above map is also from the National Weather Service.

“This photograph of the tornado that struck Tuscaloosa on the afternoon of January 27, 1997, was taken by Darrel Lee from his front porch in Cottondale. He is looking west-northwest at the tornado only a short time after it had struck the five points area where the Food World and Big B stores were heavily damaged. The tornado was moving northeast and dissipated only a short time after this photograph was made. Special thanks to Mr. Lee for allowing the National Weather Service to use his photograph for public service purposes.

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At approximately 5:00 pm, a tornado began on the east side of the Warrior River, South of Interstate 59 and west of County Road 95. Besides trees, the initial damage was to shingles of an apartment complex in the Crabtree area.

The tornado moved on a northeasterly track crossing U. S. 82 and Interstate 59. Two businesses, Books-A-Million and Gayfer’s, sustained roof damage.

The tornado became stronger after crossing Interstate 59 with significantly greater damage from this point to the end of the path. Numerous trees were downed, some roofs were damaged, and several out buildings were destroyed in the Woodland Hills residential area.

Food World building/size = 66kbSeveral buildings were damaged at Five Points East, the intersection of State Roads 215 and 216, including Food World and Big-B, among others. Cars were tossed about like toys. One vehicle was tossed through the roof of the Food World. Another car was tossed from the parking lot of the Food World into the backyard of a house immediately northeast of Food World, a distance of 300 to 400 feet.

The tornado continued northeast through the Lynn Haven residential area causing significant damage to numerous homes. Ten to twelve homes sustained damage that ranged from partial roof loss to total roof loss.

House damage/size = 64kbThe tornado continued across Tuscaloosa Memorial Gardens Cemetery, paralleling and crossing State Road 216. Six to eight houses in the Summerfield subdivision sustained light to moderate damage. A couple of mobile homes and several other buildings including a small corner grocery-type business were destroyed. The tornado dissipated in a wooded area just north of State Road 216 shortly after that around 5:15 pm.

Tuscaloosa County EMA estimates that between 90 and 100 structures sustained some degree of damage.

The total tornado path length was 10 miles with a path width of about 200 yards. On the Fujita scale of tornado intensity, from F0 as the weakest to F5 as the strongest, the tornado was ranked as an F2. This puts the maximum wind speed in an estimated range from 113 to 157 miles per hour.

Tornado watch #29 which included Tuscaloosa County was issued at 3:12 pm valid until 10:00 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued at 4:23 pm valid until 5:15 pm. The Severe Thunderstorm Warning was upgraded to a Tornado Warning with the initial reports of the tornado at 5:11 pm valid until 6:00 pm.

There was one fatality, a man in a vehicle in the Woodland Hills area, and ten injuries, 8 were treated and released, two were hospitalized.”

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Peter Crank
WVUA Staff Meteorologist
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Wintry Mix North AL Tonight… Dry Weekend Ahead… Friday Forecast Update – 4:40pm #alwx

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Good Friday afternoon! It has been a cold, damp and gloomy day across the state, as a storm system continues to impact our area. As the upper air trough axis shifts to our east early Saturday, we’ll quickly experience a return to sunny skies for the weekend. If you have plans outdoors this evening, keep the rain gear handy. Light rain and mist will continue pretty much all night across the state. I don’t expect anything heavy overnight, but you may have to run the windshield wipers a few times on your drive. As colder air takes over and some uplift moves in tonight, rain could change to light snow in areas north of I-20. I don’t expect any travel issues and accumulations are unlikely. This should be all rain for cities of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Anniston and points south.

Saturday will feature a quick return to sunny skies by noon. Highs will top out in the lower to middle 50s, which is close to normal. We’ll start off Sunday morning near freezing, then warm to 60 Sunday afternoon. Expect a very nice winter day…

A clipper system will bring a cold front through the state on Monday, with a few clouds associated with the feature. I don’t expect any rain at this time, but temperatures will drop back into the lower 50s for highs on Monday and Tuesday. Expect overnight lows near freezing Monday night and Tuesday night. We’ll start a warming trend towards the middle and end of next week. Forecast data is hinting at a major change to cold weather by next weekend, but it’s far too early to be specific on that just yet.

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