Storms Arrive Tuesday PM… Some Severe… Monday Forecast Update – 5pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Monday afternoon! It has turned out to be a fantastic final day of February, with temperatures in the lower 70s. Temperatures will gradually drop this evening, with lower to middle 50s by early Tuesday morning. A developing storm system west of Alabama will spread clouds into the state tonight, with a small chance of a stray shower overnight.

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As instability increases on Tuesday, storms during the afternoon and early evening could become strong to severe. Damaging wind, hail and an isolated tornado will become possible. The main risk will come between 1pm and 10pm, but you will not have severe storms overhead for that long. That is the window where it’s possible for a severe storm to be in your area. Storms will produce heavy rain briefly before ending. If you’re getting out to vote tomorrow for election day, get out early. While there is a small chance of a shower in the morning hours, the best chance of rain will arrive during the afternoon.

Temperatures will turn cooler on Wednesday, with highs in the upper 50s. Expect temperatures to drop a good bit Wednesday night, with lows in the upper 30s. I don’t see any sign of a freeze or frost at this time. Highs will warm into the 60s on Thursday, with a good chance of showers returning during the day.

Skies become sunny on Friday through the weekend, with temperatures warming into the lower 60s on Friday, then upper 60s on Saturday. Low 70s are possible in some areas on Sunday, as the warming trend continues…

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Dreary Start to Week.. Sunday Forecast Update — 7:30p.m.

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A warm Sunday with above average temperatures for the last weekend in February to make a nice end to the month. Temperatures today across the state were around 70°, making for a very pleasant day to get outside an enjoy the day. Tonight clouds will slowly start to increase and a few showers will be scattered in with them early Monday morning, helping make Monday a dreary start to the work week with some showers and mild temperatures. Temperatures tonight will struggle to drop very far thanks to increasing clouds acting as a buffer preventing heat to escape. After the brief, isolated showers pass Monday morning, some clearing will take place, allowing for temperatures to warm, back into the lower 70’s across central Alabama.

Monday night clearing will come to an end and cloud cover will rebuild ahead of a cold front arriving Tuesday night. During the day  Tuesday there will be ample moisture to provide some isolated showers during the day, but many areas will see some breaks in clouds, providing heating for temperatures to start poking at the mid 70’s. Late Tuesday clouds will thicken over as the cold front  arrives, bringing the potential for some storms and gusty winds Tuesday night. Currently the opportunity for severe weather has been dropped, but stay posted in case conditions change.

Wednesday some lingering rain stays in the forecast as the front finishes passing and Wednesday afternoon some clearing starts taking place. The fronts arrival will help bring a temporary cool down, bringing temperatures back down into the upper 50’s. Clearing Thursday is put on hold as a weak secondary front moves through the state, providing the opportunity for a few isolated showers during the day Thursday. By late Thursday clearing resumes and conditions clear out for Friday.

Next weekend conditions will remain clear for Saturday, and temperatures will be on the rise like this weekend; however, Sunday a weak system that will arrive the following week prepares to move into the state, providing some cloud cover to start developing

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Sunny and Pleasant End to Weekend… Saturday Forecast Update — 7:10pm

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A great first day for the weekend will be followed up by another great one to help close out the weekend. Today across Alabama skies remained mostly clear, allowing temperatures to warm to the upper 60’s. Tonight, skies remain clear and temperatures will drop across central Alabama into the upper 30’s or lower 40’s, depending on location. Tomorrow the skies will continue to remain mostly clear, allowing for further warming to take place. Many areas across central Alabama will approach the upper 60’s and some areas may even get to the 70 ° mark. Warming conditions and clear skies will make for an awesome ending to the weekend to go out and enjoy the outdoors.

Monday starts the work week off dreary as clouds build throughout the day, and temperatures will be even warmer, playing right at the 70° mark. Late Monday the chance for a passing shower brought by a low level wave still stands; despite all the clouds, air conditions will be very dry making any precipitation making to the ground difficult. Tuesday temperatures break the 70° mark across central Alabama, ahead of the next system that will bring rain, and our next chance for severe weather. The current timing for arrival will be later Tuesday, going into Tuesday night. The trend right now shows that the main threat will mainly come from strong winds; however, quick spin up tornadoes are possible with systems that have high measured winds.

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After the main line of showers move out late Tuesday, a few lingering showers are possible Wednesday morning, before skies begin to clear that afternoon. Wednesday night clearing skies will be brought to an end as a quick secondary system develops, bringing the chance for rain Thursday. By Friday, skies will be clearing out and temperatures will be back on the rise again.

Next weekend looks to be similar to this weekend with clear skies and temperatures being in the 60’s, so if you miss the nice weather  this weekend, make plans to take advantage of next weekend.

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Nice Weekend Ahead… Rain Next Week… Friday Forecast Update – 5pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! After a cold start to the day, conditions turned out rather nice this afternoon, with a good dose of sunshine. Expect a freeze and frost overnight tonight, with lows near 30 on average.

A ridge builds into the area over the weekend, with highs in the lower 60s on Saturday and upper 60s on Sunday. Expect upper 30s Saturday night, as the warming trend begins. I wouldn’t be surprised if some spots south of I-20 reach 70 on Sunday.

Clouds increase on Monday, and a passing shower or two will become possible. I don’t expect a major rain chance on Monday, but have the umbrella handy. Late Tuesday and Tuesday night, a storm system will bring a good chance of rain and storms to the state. The risk of severe weather appears low at this time, however, it is a system we’ll watch carefully.

Cooler air will move in on Wednesday.

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Cool Now… Warmer Days Ahead… Thursday Update – 4:15pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! After a sunny start to the day, areas roughly along and north of I-20 are experiencing a mixture of sun and clouds this afternoon. Clouds across the northern half of the state will clear out this evening, and we can expect clear and cold conditions tonight. Temperatures will drop fast this evening, with 40s by 7pm, and 30s after 10pm. Overnight lows will reach the 32 degree mark along and north of I-20.

By Friday, conditions will start to feel nice, with highs reaching the middle 50s along I-20 and upper 50s south of I-20. Wind on Friday will be nearly light to calm, so you won’t have a wind-chill factor like today. Expect another light freeze and frost Friday night, with lows in the 30 to 32 degree range.

The weekend will mark the beginning of a warming trend, as the upper air trough moves out. Highs will reach the lower 70s in some spots on Monday and Tuesday. A few showers are possible on Monday, with a higher rain chance arriving Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

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Cooler Days Ahead… Nice Weekend… Wednesday Forecast Update 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! After yesterday’s strong to severe storms, the National Weather Service has found 2 tornado paths in west Alabama. One track was near Reform in Pickens County. This one was rated EF-0… A second tornado was found in northern Marion County. That one was rated an EF-1…

Our local weather is much colder today, but we still have a few showers on radar, as a deep upper level low passes just north of the state. As the upper level low moves away from Alabama, the scattered showers will gradually come to an end this evening and tonight. Expect lows in the middle 30s tonight.

Thursday will feature a few passing clouds, otherwise, intervals of sunshine. Highs will reach the middle 50s on Thursday and Friday. We’ll have an increase in sunshine on Friday, with highs in the middle 50s. The weekend is looking warmer, with lower 60s on Saturday and upper 60s on Sunday. Look for lows to dip into the lower 30s both Thursday night and Friday night.

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Tornado Tracks Found from Tuesday’s Storms… Wednesday Update – 4pm

Good afternoon! So far, the National Weather Service has found 2 tornado tracks in west Alabama. One in Pickens County and one in Marion County. Here's the details:

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 2/23/16 TORNADO EVENT...

.UPDATE...ADDED INFORMATION FOR WILD GOOSE CREEK (PICKENS
COUNTY) TORNADO.

.WILD GOOSE CREEK TORNADO (PICKENS COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80-85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  4.8 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   150 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             FEB 23 2016 
START TIME:             422 PM CST
START LOCATION:         3 MILES ENE REFORM
START LAT/LON:          33.3941 / -87.9672 

END DATE:               FEB 23 2016
END TIME:               431 PM CST
END LOCATION:           5 NNE NORTH PICKENS AIRPORT
END_LAT/LON:            33.3941 / -87.9800

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN A WOODED AREA NEAR WILD GOOSE
CREEK...DUE SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF OLLIE BONNER ROAD
AND PICKENS COUNTY ROAD 49. FROM THERE...IT MOVED ON A
SLIGHTLY WEST OF DUE NORTH PATH AS IT CROSSED CR-49 AND
CR-3. THE TORNADO ULTIMATELY LIFTED JUST NORTH OF WHERE BEAVER
CREEK ROAD CROSSES OVER BEAVER CREEK. THE TORNADO REMAINED
OVER A RURAL AND WOODED AREA THROUGH ALMOST ITS ENTIRE PATH...
AND DAMAGE LARGELY CONSISTED TREES THAT WERE EITHER UPROOTED
OR SNAPPED. IN THE AREA NEAR OLLIE BONNER ROAD AND CR-49...ONE
HOME AND ONE SHED EACH RECEIVED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE. 


.HOWELL ROAD TORNADO (MARION COUNTY)...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    90-95 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   300 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             FEB 23 2016 
START TIME:             601 PM CST
START LOCATION:         5 MILES S OF PIGEYE
START LAT/LON:          34.2265 / -87.9189

END DATE:               FEB 23 2016
END TIME:               605 PM CST
END LOCATION:           5 MILES WSW OF HACKLEBURG
END LAT/LON:            34.2580 / -87.9267 


THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF
ROBERT DYER ROAD AND HOWELL ROAD...JUST OFF OF US HIGHWAY
43 SOUTHWEST OF HACKLEBURG. FROM THERE...THE TORNADO MOVED
ON A NORTH-NORTHWEST PATH...AND CROSSED SPURGEN DYER ROAD
AND MARION COUNTY ROAD 41. THE TORNADO ULTIMATELY LIFTED
AFTER IT CROSSED STATE ROCK ROAD...JUST EAST OF COUNTY ROAD
32. DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH WAS LARGELY LIMITED TO TREES THAT
WERE EITHER UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. A GARAGE NEAR THE START OF
THE PATH HAD PART OF ITS TIN PEELED BACK...AND ONE HOME
NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF CR-41 AND CR-167 RECEIVED MINOR
DAMAGE TO ITS ROOF. 



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