Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Northern Lamar & Marion Counties (2:55PM 2/28/2018 Update)

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Far northern stretches of Lamar County near Detriot are now include in a severe thunderstorm warning until 3:30PM… Areas near Hamilton, Detroit, Henson Springs, Byrd, and Pikeville are included in this new severe thunderstorm warning polygon.

Much of central Marion County is also included in a separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning due to a separate storm.

Damaging winds and hail will be possible with these storms. We note that minor rotation is happening high in the atmosphere. For now, this rotation remains weak enough that a tornado warning has not been issued by the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

Spinks Megginson

WVUA Weather

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Storms Across Northwest Alabama (2:50PM 2/27/2018 Update)

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Showers and thunderstorms are happening across northwest Alabama this afternoon… Storms in northern Lamar and Marion counties have had minor rotation aloft in the last hour and we note that a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for northeastern Marion County (including Hackleburg) and also northern Lamar County…

Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Marion County (2:20PM 2/28/2018 Update)

dopHamilton and Hackleburg in Marion County, AL are now under a severe thunderstorm warning till 2:45PM… The National Weather Service in Birmingham noted a bounded weak echo region (BWER), indicating the possibility of damaging winds and minor rotation.

No travel is advised over the next few minutes along US43 from Hamilton to Hackleburg… Heavy rain and gusty winds likely.

Spinks Megginson

WVUA Weather

Wet Wed. & Thu. – Drier Weekend Ahead (8:45PM 2/27/2018 Update)

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Showers are moving into west Alabama late on this Tuesday evening. Rain has spread into Pickens, Greene, Sumter, and Marengo counties from the west. You can expect more rain over the next 24 hours as a cold front approaches from the northwest.

WEDNESDAY… Rain is likely throughout the day. No one spot will have rain all day most likely, but most will have intermittent rain. High temperatures peak in the mid-70s across central Alabama. Rain will continue sporadically into Wednesday night.

THURSDAY… Temperatures “go the wrong way” all day. We’ll actually have our high temperature on Thursday around midnight with temperatures falling throughout the day as a cold front moves across our region from northwest to southeast.

UPCOMING WEEKEND… Picture perfect weather is expected with seasonal temperatures. High temperatures on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will peak in the mid-60s. Morning lows will be around 40. Saturday looks to be the coldest morning out of the next 7 days with some spots hitting the upper-30s by 6AM. Hamilton, Double Springs, Jasper, Cullman, Centre could make a run at the mid-30s.

NEXT WEEK… The latest model data supports elevated rain chances on Monday and Tuesday. For now, we’ll call it a 40% chance of rain each day, but don’t be shocked to see those chances adjusted higher in the days ahead.

Be sure to join us tonight for WVUA News at 10:00 P.M. I’m glad to be filling in for Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott today and tomorrow. Have a great evening!

Spinks Megginson

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Drying Monday; Sunshine Returning. Sunday Forecast Update, 7:40pm. #wxal @wvua23

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Good Sunday evening! We were lucky here in central Alabama to slide through last night without a single severe thunderstorm and tornado warning. That said, we weren’t able to avoid the rain. Rain has lasted almost all day and will keep on through tonight. Plan on cool temps that will hardly fluctuate in the 50’s.

Monday will start our work week with a few showers in the morning; however, have no fear. That rain will be ending quickly, before lunchtime. After, clouds will stick into the afternoon, before starting to clear out. The plan is that we will see some sun return Monday afternoon before sunset. That night, skies continue to clear. Tuesday we will start with clear skies and temps climb to the low/mid 70’s. This warm up will be enjoyed for only a short period of time. Rain develops Tuesday night and will last into Wednesday when it will become heavier. On and off rain lasts through Wednesday, into Wednesday night. We do see a somewhat similar large scale set-up Wednesday night like what we encountered last night with a low pressure center over Missouri. Confidence is still low to mention any real specifics of severe weather. We will be watching this time though. After Wednesday night, rain slowly comes to an end Thursday. Dreary conditions, even with rain over, will last into early Thursday night before skies finally clear.

Friday and  next weekend look to be dry and a little cooler in the upper 60’s. These temperatures could trend warmer though with the ample sunshine then to help heat things up. We will have to wait and see exactly how warm it gets since we are still a few days away. But hey, at least it isn’t the 40’s.

Reggie Roakes
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Severe Weather Update for Tonight and Forecast Discussion. Saturday, 2/24/18 8:10pm. #wxal @wvua23

7 Day -SHELTON STATE Forecast - Offset Lows - PM.pngGood Saturday evening! Mild temps were present today with increasing clouds and a few areas catching some pop-up showers and storms. That early dose of rain is almost over as its making it’s way out of Blount and Etowah Counties now. Don’t let that fool you; we are in for a bumpy night. We are tracking a line of strong storms that are currently moving over the Mississippi River. Numerous severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued on this line for damaging, straight-line winds. This trend will likely continue over the next several hours as it moves closer to Alabama. That said, we do see the risk of severe weather tonight.

Our main threat tonight will come from damaging straight line winds as the line of storms become more linear (straight/vertical/north to south). Wind shear and minimal lapse rates (acceleration of air aloft) look to be present tonight, as well as winds mainly only out of the southwest, preventing horizontal shear. All those together point to a low end severe weather event. Aside from the damaging winds, the threat for a spin-up tornado can not be ruled out, but that risk is very low. The low pressure center that’s helping pull these storms along is forecasted to take a sharp NNW track over the next few hours. That path will pull the low (and its force pushing the line of storms along) away from Alabama. This will also help in lowering our risk for tornadoes this evening as well. For timing, please see the attached image above from the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

Deep Breath…now for the rest of our forecast.

Tomorrow morning, rain will be widespread across central Alabama and will be lasting through the day. If you’re hitting the road, take your time. Soil moisture content is already very high so there isn’t much room for the new dose of rain coming, so puddling will be taking place. Tomorrow night, rain looks to lighten up, but continue into early Monday morning.

Monday will start our work week with a few showers in the morning; however, have no fear. That rain will be ending quickly, before lunchtime. After, clouds will stick into the afternoon, before starting to clear out. The plan is that we will see some sun return Monday afternoon before sunset. That night, skies continue to clear. Tuesday we will start with clear skies and temps return to the 70’s. This warm up will be enjoyed for only a short period of time. Rain develops early that evening and will last into Wednesday when it will become heavier. On and off rain from that point will last into Thursday, before wrapping up Thursday afternoon/evening.

Friday and at least the start of next weekend look to be dry and a little cooler in the upper 60’s. These temperatures could trend warmer though with the ample sunshine then to help heat things up. We will have to wait and see exactly how warm it gets since we are still a few days away. But hey, at least it isn’t the 40’s.

Reggie Roakes
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Weekend storms… forecast update 4:30 PM #ALwx @wvua23

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It has been just a gorgeous Friday with another taste of spring to finish our work week. This evening we could see a few scattered showers and storms, especially in west Alabama. Low temperatures tonight will get down to the mid 60s.

Saturday looks to be warm as well, but with scattered showers throughout the day, again focused over western Alabama. Overnight Saturday, specifically midnight until 6 AM Sunday, there is the potential for a few strong to severe thunderstorms. This “Level 1” Risk will be west of I-59 and include the potential for damaging winds and a very low, isolated tornado threat.

Sunday will be rainy all day and much cooler, with high temperatures only reaching the upper 60s. Another cool night will be in store Sunday night with lows in the low 50s, with the rain tapering off.

Monday and Tuesday will be partly cloudy with highs in the low to mid 70s, and the next chance of rain will be with a cold front moving through on Wednesday into Thursday.

Join us live on WVUA 23 weekdays at 5, 6, and 10 P.M. and weekends at 10 P.M. for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Jacob Lanier
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