Mild… A Little Cooler, Then… Warm Again! Tuesday Forecast Update – 4:35pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday afternoon! Our local weather is incredibly mild this afternoon, with all of west and central Alabama reaching the lower to middle 70s. A few upper 70s were also reported this afternoon over west Alabama. With plenty of sunshine and the upper air trough now well east of Alabama, conditions have modified quickly today. A weak cold front is on the way and that will bring some temporary changes to Alabama’s weather later this week.

Temperatures tonight will fall into the middle to upper 40s under a increasing cloud cover. Skies will become mostly cloudy at times on Wednesday, as moisture pools up ahead of an approaching cold front. A few showers will be possible Wednesday night, on Thursday and on Friday, but widespread rain is unlikely. Temperatures will drop into the low 60s for highs on Thursday, followed by upper 50s for highs on Friday and Saturday. Groundhog Day is on Thursday, and no matter the outcome, our local weather will remain well above average for the most part through April. We will catch some cooler air Thursday through Saturday, but temperatures will actually be closer to average, then rise well above average by Sunday and Monday.

Another cold front will approach Alabama on Sunday, but this front appears to remain north of our area. A few showers are possible, but cooler air should remain to our north. A gusty south wind will develop on Sunday and Monday, sending warm Gulf air back into Alabama. Other than some slightly cooler air Thursday through Saturday, the majority of this forecast will reflect spring like weather…

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Mild Days Ahead… Clouds Increase By Mid Week… Monday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Monday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out mild this afternoon, with temperatures reaching into the lower to middle 60s. Lots of sunshine remains across the area, which is making conditions feel even warmer. Expect a clear sky tonight, with lows in the lower 40s.

Temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday will remain well above average, with highs in the lower 70s and lows in the middle 40s. As moisture increases on Wednesday and Thursday, clouds will also increase. Skies become mostly cloudy on Thursday, with a small chance of a shower on Thursday and Friday. A weak cold front will stall out across central Alabama on Friday, dropping highs into the lower 60s on both Thursday and Friday, with upper 50s for highs on Saturday. Areas north of I-20 could be in the 50s for highs Thursday through Saturday.

Another cold front will sweep through the area on Sunday, brining a fair chance of showers. Highs will approach the low 60s on Sunday, before cooler air moves in on Monday.

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Warmer Days Ahead! Sunday update… 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Tonight will be mostly clear with lows dropping back into the 30s. Tomorrow will be a nice, warmer, day as the sun comes out and allows areas reach their highs for the afternoon. The day will start clear and few clouds will creep in as the day progresses, but still plenty of sunshine. Moving into Tuesday, you can expect temperatures to reach into the 70s! Spring daytime temperatures and sunlight are back for a short time. Evenings will remain chilly. Clear skies at night will allow temperatures to stay cooler.

By Thursday clouds will begin to move back in with a chance of a stray shower into the evening and early morning Friday. The rest of the weekend will stay mostly cloudy with a small chance of showers, and lows will continue into the mid to low 40s.

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Danielle Davis
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Looking Back at the January 28, 2014 Winter Storm… #alwx @wvua23

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Here’s a look back at the winter weather disaster that impacted much of Alabama on the day of January 28, 2014. Thousands of people were stranded on the roads as the snow fell and quickly caused roads to become blocks of ice. It was a bad combination of very cold air, heavy snow, and tons of traffic thrown into the wintry weather at it’s peak. Schools and businesses let out at the same time, causing a rapid increase in traffic. This occurred at the peak of the snow, causing traffic to stop on all roads and interstates in our area. With people stranded in their cars, many hiked in the snow to get to shelter for the night, as temperatures were dangerously cold. Here’s a great re-cap of the event from the National Weather Service in Birmingham:

The Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast states were impacted by a rather significant winter storm during the period of January 28-30, 2014. Central Alabama had it’s encounter with the system on Tuesday, January 28th, when freezing rain and snow fell across much of the area. Below is a recap of the event across NWS Birmingham’s county warning area.

The snow event on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, really began two days earlier on Sunday the 26th. On that Sunday afternoon, it was nearly unfathomable that conditions were going to be so radically different in just a mere 48 hours. Temperatures were near 60 degrees in the northern sections of Central Alabama, while further south, it was even warmer with temperatures rising into the middle 60s in the Montgomery area. This led to the first forecast problem, the warmer ground and especially the warmer road temperatures.

As we went into Monday, a major change was taking place as yet another Arctic front was headed south across the area. Most of the region warmed rapidly during the morning through the mid afternoon hours, but just a few hours after sunset most locations had dropped well into the 20s with really dry air diving southward. In fact, several dewpoints registered in the negative digits. This drier air only served to re-enforce the already problematic forecast by making it difficult to determine exactly how long it would take to moisten the atmosphere on Tuesday. The issue of just how far north the winter precipitation would fall was also a huge concern considering the extrememly low dewpoints that were in place across portions of the area.

By early Tuesday, it was apparent that a lot of moisture was moving into the area, and those negative dewpoints were quickly rising. Meanwhile, the surface temperatures were dropping in conjunction with the heavy precipitation, and most surface temperatures were struggling to get past 20 degrees! This caused huge forecast headaches because the atmosphere had moistened so quickly that snow up north and sleet and freezing rain south were already beginning to reach the ground several hours earlier than anticipated. The next forecast issue was the colder than forecast surface temperatures that were allowing the snow ratios to be nearly 20:1, almost unheard of in Alabama. (Typically snow to liquid ratios are around 10:1 in our part of the country.) Thirdly, even though there was a lot of dry air across the northern half of the state, the snow rates were just heavy enough to allow snow to accumulate further north than originally forecast. Finally, and the worst impact of all – those warm temperatures from Sunday and early Monday allowed the first layer of snow to melt on contact and refreeze as a sheet of ice on all the roadways in the 20 degree weather. This led to all of the traffic nightmares across the entire area and people being stranded for many hours Tuesday!

In the end, Alabama State Troopers responded to 731 vehicle accidents across the state during the period Tuesday through Friday (Jan 28th-31st). Sadly, there were nine deaths attributed to accidents that occurred due to the icy road conditions. Snowfall totals across Central Alabama ranged from zero in the far northwest to 2-3 inches in a corridor from Chilton County northeast to Randolph County.  Prior to the snowfall, some counties in the southeast half of the state reported up to 0.25 inches of ice accumulation.

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Richard Scott

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Source: NWS Birmingham

Dry Days Continue… Cool Weekend… Friday Forecast Update – 5:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! It has turned out chilly today, with highs only reaching the upper 40s to near 50. A batch of high clouds and a breezy west wind has made conditions feel quite chilly this afternoon and evening. Expect skies to become partly cloudy overnight, with temperatures dropping into the upper 20s to near 30. A light west wind will continue overnight.

The trough will remain over the central and eastern US through the weekend, which will feature chilly daytime temperatures and cold overnight lows. Highs will reach the low 50s on Saturday and Sunday, with lows dipping into the lower 30s. I don’t expect any rain through the weekend, but skies will remain partly cloudy on Saturday, becoming mostly cloudy on Sunday. An upper air disturbance will move around the base of the trough on Sunday, which will bring the enhancement of clouds. With little to no moisture in the lowest 10,000 feet, I don’t expect any risk of rain on Sunday as the disturbance moves across the area.

The trough will begin its northeastward retreat on Monday and Tuesday. Highs will remain in the lower 50s on Monday, but low to mid 60s are likely on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows will modify into the 40s at night by mid week. Next week appears mostly dry, although a stray shower is possible on Thursday.

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Richard Scott
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Cool Days Ahead… Dry Weather… Thursday Forecast Update – 3:35pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out cool today, as a cold front that brought the storms lastnight has moved well south of our area. The pattern will continue to support cool days and chilly nights through atleast Monday before more changes occur.

Temperatures will fall into the lower 30s tonight, with a light west to northwest breeze. If the wind can go calm, frost will develop. With a wind all night, frost would be more patchy or unlikely. The upper air trough will remain in firm control of our local weather, bringing a mostly sunny sky and chilly temperatures. Highs will top out in the lower 50s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with lows at or just below freezing. As an upper air disturbance digs around the base of the trough, expect a mostly cloudy sky on Sunday, but there isn’t enough surface or lower atmospheric moisture to bring any rain on Sunday.

The trough will begin its northeastward retreat on Monday and Tuesday. Highs will remain in the lower 50s on Monday, but low 60s are likely on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows will modify into the 40s at night by mid week.

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Sunshine & Cooler Days Ahead… Wednesday Forecast Update – 5pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! At 5pm, a band of showers and storms is tracking eastward across far western Alabama. Storms are associated with a cold front that will continue to push east into Alabama. Showers and storms will pass across the area quickly this evening and tonight, with sunny skies returning by sunrise Thursday morning.

A deep upper air trough will take over the entire central and eastern half of the US and will remain with us through the weekend. Highs will only top out in the lower to middle 50s on Thursday through Monday. With a surface high nearby, expect winds to remain rather light, but a general north breeze will develop on Thursday and Friday. Some clouds will pass across the area on Sunday, but rain is not expected.

A warming trend will develop on Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs back in the low 60s.

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Richard Scott
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