Winter Storm Watch for Central AL for Friday… Wed Update – 3pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! A winter storm watch has been issued for counties in blue across central Alabama, including areas near and to the east of Tuscaloosa, basically around the I-20 corridor. Understand, this is still a highly uncertain forecast, and does not guarantee you will get snow. Here’s the message from the National Weather Service.

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
310 PM CST WED JAN 4 2017

…WINTER WEATHER IMPACTS POSSIBLE FOR CENTRAL ALABAMA…

.A STRONG COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO DIVE SOUTHWARD EARLY ON
FRIDAY MORNING BRINGING TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER
30S TO PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA. AT NEARLY THE SAME TIME, A
WEAK GULF SYSTEM WILL FORM SPREADING MOISTURE NORTHWARD ON FRIDAY
MORNING THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY AS IT EXITS TO THE NORTHEAST. SNOW
AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN AND NEAR THE WATCH AREA.
PLEASE STAY TUNED TO LOCAL MEDIA PARTNERS FOR ADJUSTMENTS TO THE
FORECAST AS THIS EVENT GETS CLOSER. SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS ARE
POSSIBLE.
ALZ015-017>021-023>028-034-051215-
/O.NEW.KBMX.WS.A.0001.170106T1200Z-170107T1500Z/
WALKER-BLOUNT-ETOWAH-CALHOUN-CHEROKEE-CLEBURNE-TUSCALOOSA-
JEFFERSON-SHELBY-ST. CLAIR-TALLADEGA-CLAY-BIBB-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…JASPER…GADSDEN…ANNISTON…CENTRE…
HEFLIN…TUSCALOOSA…BIRMINGHAM…HOOVER…PELL CITY…MOODY…
TALLADEGA…SYLACAUGA…ASHLAND
310 PM CST WED JAN 4 2017

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH
SATURDAY MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH
SATURDAY MORNING.

* EVENT…A STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP WITH POTENTIAL
WINTER WEATHER IMPACTS.

* TIMING…FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.

* LOCATION…LARGEST IMPACTS WILL BE POSSIBLE, MAINLY BETWEEN THE
I59 AND I20 CORRIDORS IN THE WATCH AREA. SOME SLEET IMPACTS ARE
POSSIBLE AS FAR SOUTH AS THE I85 CORRIDOR.

* ACCUMULATIONS…2 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WATCH
ZONES FROM THE BIRMINGHAM METRO AREA, EAST AND NORTHEAST. LESS
THAN 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN OTHER OUTLYING AREAS TO THE WEST
AND NORTHWEST OF THE METRO.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

For more updates, go to the weather blog at wvua23.com, scroll to the weather tab and click weather blog. Updates are also on our Facebook and Twitter page. My twitter is @RichardWVUA23 and facebook is WVUA23RichardScott

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott

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