Clearer Skies and Chilly for Monday…Sunday Evening Update 9p.m.

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Good Sunday evening! After a round of strong storms last night for far northwest Alabama, cold air quickly undercut the storms and brought calmer, but still very windy, weather to us here in central Alabama. That quick arrival allowed for a smidge of freezing rain for portions of our northwestern counties in the DMA early on, but it quickly changed back to rain shortly after the lunch hour. Besides that and the rain, the main topic of today’s forecast has been how cold it is! And it looks like we have an even colder evening in store for us. Lows here in Tuscaloosa will be in the mid 20’s but areas north of Jasper will easily see temperatures tonight dipping into the teens, so bundle up tonight, bring in animals, protect sensitive plants, and maybe even take precautions to not let your pipes freeze.

Monday starts off Christmas work week with temperatures during the day trying to warm up, but with extra clouds and strong winds out of the north, it’s going to be a struggle to warm up during the day. Tuesday with mostly sunny skies we will see temperatures turn back to about the average for this time of the year; unfortunately, as soon as everyone turns back to usual, a new front is going to develop over Alabama during the day Wednesday. That is going to provide the opportunity for clouds to develop during the day Wednesday and then showers will arrive later than evening and last into the day for Thursday. Then we immediately turn back to mostly clear condition Thursday night for Friday to help finish off the work week.

Christmas weekend has a tough forecast for it right now. The two main long range models are into total disagreement with what will take place that weekend. One model is wanting to keep mostly sunny conditions for both days and bring rain in for the beginning of the work week after Christmas. The other model is showing a much sooner arrival of showers later in the day Saturday and last into Sunday for Christmas. We will continue to keep rain chances low for now until a better call can be made exactly on when rain will arrive.

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Freezing Rain for Northwest AL…No Accumulation Expected…11 a.m

It’s appears the freezing rain that was supposed to stick to north Alabama is digging further south this morning. The cold air last night that undercut the severe weather for most of Alabama is now helping produce light amounts of freezing rain and sleet pellets from Huntsville/Winston county, down in Jasper and parts of Walker country, and down into Pickens and Lamar counties. Counties south of the I-20 line will only see rain today, but the further north you go, the better your odds are to get a smidge of freezing ice or sleet pellets. No accumulation is expected within our DMA since ground temperatures are so warm and amounts will be so low, some could stick to cars and porches though. Consistent windy conditions today/early tonight should dry all roads before any ice can form on them. 

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Radar Update…3a.m. #alwx @WVUA23

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Light showers continue for parts of central Alabama; however, that’s changing as a strong band of storms continue to traverse through Alabama, traveling west to east. There is currently only a severe thunderstorm watch for north Alabama and parts of central Alabama. This downgrade from a tornado watch is thanks to cold air undercutting the storms cutting much of the uplift off. These storms will keep tracking through the state throughout Sunday and continue to weaken. The greatest risk for severe weather in west and northwest Alabama has come mostly to an end now. Current timing brings the storms into Tuscaloosa roughly around 3-5 a.m., 4-6 a.m. for Birmingham areas, and 7 a.m. or later for areas east of Jefferson County.  When the system moves into east Alabama, the weakening storms will still have the power to produce some stronger winds. Quickly following the storms is a massive pocket of cold air that is causing some winter weather advisories for north Alabama because the air will likely cool the rain enough to cause some freezing rain for the far northern portions of the state. Since the risk for severe weather is mostly over for us here in central Alabama, we are clocking out here at WVUA. Catch you tonight on the news at 10! Stay Warm!

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch for North Alabama and Portions of Central Alabama…expires 5 a.m. 12/18 #alwx @WVUA23

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
519 IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM CST EARLY THIS MORNING FOR THE FOLLOWING
AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 6 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

BLOUNT WALKER

IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA

MARION WINSTON

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

FAYETTE LAMAR

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…FAYETTE…HALEYVILLE…HAMILTON…
JASPER…ONEONTA…SULLIGENT AND VERNON.

Radar Update… 11:40p.m. @WVUA23 #alwx

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Light showers continue for parts of central Alabama; however, that’ll change as a strong band of storms continue to enter into northwest Alabama. Currently there are multiple tornado warnings in Lauderdale County, for far northwestern Alabama. Along with those warnings, a tornado watch spans from southern Tennessee, near Huntsville, through Madison, Lawrence, and Franklin counties, then on into Mississippi running southwest. Right now that watch is planned to expire at 3 a.m. These storms will keep tracking through the state throughout Sunday. The greatest risk for severe weather will be for west and northwest Alabama when the line of storms will be their strongest. As they advance, they will be weakening so east Alabama, past the I-65 line, should be out of the highest threat for severe weather. As of now the opportunity for a very quick spin up tornado can not be ruled out for west and northwest Alabama thanks to very strong winds creating shear vorticity. Current timing brings the storms into Tuscaloosa roughly around 2-4 a.m., 3-5 a.m. for Birmingham areas, and 6 a.m. or later for areas east of Jefferson County.  Once the system moves into east Alabama, the weakening storms will only have the power to produce some stronger winds. Quickly following the storms is a massive pocket of cold air that is causing some winter weather advisories for north Alabama because the air will likely cool the rain enough to cause some freezing rain for the far northern portions of the state. Current trends are hinting that this colder air might be catching up with the line of storms back in west Mississippi. If this should be the case, the opportunity for severe weather for us will dramatically decrease…but we will have to wait and see if that ends up being the case. Should we have any tornado warnings tonight, you can get coverage both on our channel and at wvua23.com, under the weather tab that says “Severe WX Live Stream.”

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