Warm and Cloudy Start to March… Saturday Forecast Update — 7:30pm

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Hope you were able to get out there and enjoy the beautiful Saturday we were blessed to have. It truly is a blessing as it comes right between two cold snaps.

Tonight will be warmer than last night, into the lower 40’s for our overnight temperatures, but clouds will be on the increase. By Sunday afternoon, we’ll be mainly cloudy with a few light showers possible, mainly a threat for eastern and northern Alabama. These showers are scattered and light in nature, but could put a bit of a damper on the end of the weekend if you are caught unprepared. Temperatures will be a bit cooler on Sunday, in the upper 50’s and low 60’s for highs.

As we start the first week of March, the weather initially will be warm and cloudy, with some scattered showers each day; however, the lioness of Mother Nature in March returns later Tuesday and into Wednesday as a very stout cold front will bring us showers and thunderstorms and the return of winter right on its heels. Temperatures on Tuesday will be very warm, in the low and mid 70’s for many of us. As the cold front comes through on Wednesday, look for highs early in the day in the 60’s, but once the front moves through, the mercury will plummet as we are heading for a low Wednesday night in the upper 20’s. The precipitation is trying to linger into Thursday, meaning we could see a cold rain, or a wintry mix that would more than likely exclude any snow from the picture.

Thursday will be a rather raw day with temperatures struggling to warm above the 30’s and a cold northerly breeze. Temperatures Thursday night will be back into the mid 20’s just to prove to us that spring is still three weeks away.

Sunshine returns Friday to help us warm up for the weekend. Temperatures will be in the 40’s on Friday and then the upper 50’s Saturday afternoon as both days look dry and mainly sunny.

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3.1M Earthquake in Greene County, AL This Afternoon

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At 4:40pm CST a 3.1 magnitude earthquake was felt 16 km NNW of Eutaw in Greene County, AL. No damages or injures have been heard of at this time. Any new updates will be sent out here or on the news at 10pm on WVUA-TV.

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A Warmer Weekend is Much Anticipated… Friday Forecast Update — 3:30pm

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Good Friday to you! Plenty of sunshine has helped us bring the mercury up into the upper 40’s this afternoon despite the chilly wind out of the north.

As we head into the weekend, temperatures will continue an upward trend as tonight will be the chilliest night of the weekend as temperatures fall into the upper 20’s under a mainly clear sky. Saturday will be a fairly nice day as temperature quickly climb into the mid 50’s with some clouds in the sky.

The next chance for rain will slowly trudge east out of the Plains. This system is taking its sweet time getting to us here in Central Alabama. Areas to our north will likely see rain develop by midday Sunday, whereas Central Alabama will likely only see a few scattered showers in north and west AL on Sunday. Scattered chances for rain linger into Monday as the system stalls a bit over Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and Kentucky. Temperatures will continue their upward climb into the first half of the week. Should we remain dry, temperatures on Sunday will be around 60°, with mid-60’s likely on Monday.

The rain finally moves east across the Deep South Tuesday into Wednesday, although temperatures ahead of the front will likely reach the 70’s before the rain arrives. This system will probably have some thunderstorms embedded in it, and for now, they appear to be non-severe.

The mercury takes a pretty quick plunge as we progress through Wednesday. The high for Wednesday will be near 70, but it will likely occur in the morning, before the front swings through bringing cold, Arctic air back to Alabama. Just when we thought we might be in the clear of winter, ole Jack Frost returns.

There is a good bit of uncertainty as to just how cold we’ll get on Thursday and Friday behind the cold front, there is also some potential for the cold air to sweep in quicker and bring some wintry precip on the tail of the front. But that is 5 days away and plenty could change, so for now, just plan for some cold air arriving Wednesday evening and sticking around into next weekend.

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Snow Pics… Chilly Now… Warmer Days Soon… Rain Ahead… Thursday Forecast Update – 4pm #alwx

Here’s a look back at lots of snow pics across the area from Wednesday!

Good Thursday afternoon! After a historic winter storm across the northern half of Alabama yesterday, things are much more quiet today. Some areas are even dealing with some peaks of sunshine at times. Temperatures have warmed into the upper 30s to lower 40s in the snow pack areas north of I-20, and middle to upper 40s south of I-20. Expect skies to remain mostly cloudy tonight, with lows gradually dropping back below freezing. Lows will fall into the middle to upper 20s north of I-20 and upper 20s to near 30 south of I-20.Warnings_965

Friday will remain cool and dry, with a high in the lower 40s. Keep in mind, our average high this time of the year is in the low to mid 60s, so we’re still well below the normal high. Friday night will likely be our last freeze over the next 7 days, with a low in the upper 20s.

We’ll start a slow warming trend over the weekend, with highs in the middle 50s on Saturday and upper 50s on Sunday. As moisture returns, a few showers are possible on Sunday, with a good chance of showers on Monday. Highs will reach the middle 60s on Monday, as a warm front lifts northward through the state. The best chance of showers and thunderstorms will remain north of the area on Tuesday, but a few showers and storms are possible in the area. Highs could reach well into the 70s on Tuesday before a cold front enters the state Tuesday night and Wednesday.

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Historic Snow Event… Looking Back at Today’s Snow Totals… Wednesday Update – 9:45pm #alwx

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Good Wednesday evening! We had a major snow event just as expected across the northern half of Alabama. A few 1 foot snow totals were reported in places around Hamilton, Haleyville and Winfield… Understand, the map above isn’t exact, and I’ll post the exact snow amount graphic when we get all the final totals in. Look at the incredible gradient from Fayette to Tuscaloosa. We finally ended up with accumulations of about a half inch in Tuscaloosa as the snow band shifted southward. Obviously, the major issues were and still are found around Vernon, Fayette, Hamilton, Jasper, Cullman, Gadsden, Guin, Haleyville and Oneonta. Areas generally south of I-20 got mostly rain, with only a few pockets getting some snow within 20 miles south of the interstate…

The roads near and north of I-20 are very dangerous, so stay off the roads tonight and early Thursday. If you live south of I-20, roads will be mostly ok tonight, but there could be some isolated icing issues on the bridges. The main issues are with roads that are covered with snow and ice north of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.

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Snow Pics So Far… More to be added soon… Wednesday Update – 8:55pm #alwx

Here’s some snow pictures across the north and central Alabama today…

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Snow Gradually Ending Tonight… Wednesday Update – 8pm #alwx

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Good Wednesday night! At 8pm, snow is gradually ending in west Alabama and will slowly end across our area over the next few hours. This has been wild for areas north of I-20 as people have been dealing with 6 to 12 inches of snow in areas such as Vernon, Marion, Cullman, Haleyville, Jasper, Fayette, Oneonta, Gadsden. We haven’t had a snow even so significant in terms of accumulations since the blizzard of 1993 in parts of our coverage area.

Tuscaloosa and Birmingham finally got some snow, even though it was later than expected. Looks like Tuscaloosa ended up with about a half inch of snow, and Birmingham may get a couple inches before things end there.

Do not drive if you have snow falling or on the ground. In these areas, roads are in bad shape and traffic accidents are a big concern! Roads are nearly impossible to travel in areas that picked up over 3 or 4 inches… Roads should quickly thaw out Thursday morning, as temperatures rise above freezing. If you just had rain today and tonight, then roads should be fine in your area.

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