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Above is a map I put together based on snow reports from the National Weather Service and social media. This was quite a snowstorm! The 3rd largest snow ever in Huntsville. These snowstorms usually have a sharp cutoff, and this one was no exception. Notice that locations like County Line,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WBRC Weather
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It's finally snowing in the Birmingham area! The last of the precipitation across Alabama is moving through now. And finally the south winds aloft that have kept the snow just north of Birmingham all day have changed. It is now snowing across much of Jefferson County and parts of Shelby... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WBRC Weather
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A large area of precipitation continues over the southeastern U.S., as a low pressure area moves south of the Gulf Coast. So far here in central Alabama, it has mainly been rain with some sleet, but some icing is occurring, mainly at higher elevations. Quite a bit of precipitation is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WBRC Weather
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The precipitation has arrived. Our low has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, and precipitation will continue into this evening. So far, the atmosphere is too warm over central Alabama for snow to fall, it is all melting in a warm layer aloft. We've been expecting that. Here is the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WBRC Weather
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NWS has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the areas in pink above, including the northern half of Alabama. This is a very difficult forecast, because there will be a fairly sharp contrast between 4" of snow in one place and no snow 50 miles down the road. Meteorologists and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WBRC Weather
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There is a huge difference right now between the NAM and other models on the rain/snow line. The NAM shows it being just north of BHM, all the others south. What the NAM is looking at is the warm nose of air at 850 mb that is already moving in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WBRC Weather
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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for tomorrow for much of the Fox 6 viewing area, including Birmingham metro, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden and all points north. The classic setup for snow in Alabama is finally coming together for the first time in a while, with... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WBRC Weather
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Above is a chart of temperature, dewpoint, and wind at various stations across Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The red numbers are temperatures, green are dewpoint, and flags are direction of wind. At BHM, temperature has dropped to 35 and dewpoint is 29. In HSV, temperature 34 dewpoint 19. The dry... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WBRC Weather
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The next leg of precipitation is moving into central Alabama now. It is sleeting in many parts of the BHM metro area, including here in Trussville. Fortunately, the sun came out earlier and warmed temperatures to near 40, so there should be no problems for the afternoon rush hour here... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WBRC Weather
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The National Weather Service continues a Freezing Rain/Winter Weather Advisory for areas north of 59, including BHM. A large area of precipitation is moving into northern Alabama out of Mississippi tonight. At the same time, cold air is moving south through Alabama. It is 40 in BHM right now, but... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WBRC Weather
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This week will bring more very cold temperatures, as wave after wave of Arctic air continues to flow into the southeast. We actually have a cross-polar flow, where air blows from Siberia over the north pole and into North America. In the map above, the gray lines define the prime... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WBRC Weather
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Latest area of rain and freezing rain moving through Alabama. Temperature finally above freezing at BHM airport, but some higher elevations (Red Mtn., Shades, Double Oak) still below freezing. And, areas north and east of downtown below freezing too (Clay, Pinson, Trussville, Leeds). So, additional icing of already bad roads... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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Another wave of precipitation, mainly in the form of rain and sleet, is approaching from Mississippi. It will mainly affect areas from BHM north like the one earlier. The type of precipitation is the concern. With southwest flow aloft, temperatures have warmed above freezing all the way down to within... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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The amount of precipitation on radar has diminished over central Alabama over the past hour. We just have a few patches of rain and freezing rain out there now. The precipitation should conitnue to move north and diminish through 7 pm. There is another batch of precipitation in Mississippi. It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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Most of the precipitation has shifted to the northern half of the Birmingham area, with some heavy sleet at times in Trussville, Pinson, etc. Some icy roads are likely from about downtown north and east, including Jefferson, Blount, St. Clair, Cherokee, Etowah, and Cullman and counties. Temperatures in a wide... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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Light precipitation continues to fall over parts of north and central Alabama this afternoon, with most of it northeast of a line Tuscaloosa to Hoover to Roanoke. It is mostly sleet and snow. Numerous reports of sleet and snow from central Alabama, including Trussville, Mulga, Jasper, Snead, Hamilton. This precipitation... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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A winter weather advisory is in effect for most of our viewing area, including Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston, and Gadsden. Warm air is trying to move in on southwesterly flow, but the cold air near the surface is very dense and is having a hard time moving northeast. The computer models... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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14 in BHM, 15 in ANB, 19 in TCL, 21 in MGM, 8 in HSV. It even dropped to 26 in Orange Beach! The coldest low I could find was 4 degrees in Fort Payne and Mentone. With sunshine, it is still only 20 in Birmingham, and won't make it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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The cold air is pouring into Alabama this afternoon on strong winds that have been gusting near 40 mph at times. Those winds will continue tonight and into tomorrow morning, with temperatures falling into through the 20s this evening and to the teens by tomorrow morning over most of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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Still a few more hours of rain, some of it heavy, for us here in central Alabama. The surface low is near Tuscaloosa and moving NE. The temperature field is amazing. Note it is 34 in Muscle Shoals, 51 in Birmingham, and 69 in Demopolis! As the low moves east,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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Light rain continues over much of the area this morning, and will last into this evening. Some of us meteorologists were a little bit nervous before we went to bed (late) last night, when temperatures at BHM got down to 32 degrees with a dewpoint near zero, meaning the wet... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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The NWS canceled the winter storm watch for our area at 4 pm. It still looks like a surface low pressure area is going to form and move through central Alabama. For a winter storm, you expect the low to be way south of you, so that means only extreme... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at WBRC Weather
It now looks like a surface low will form and move right through northern Alabama, almost completely removing the chance for any significant ice from Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Anniston tomorrow morning. There could be a brief period of 1 or 2 hours with a little freezing rain in the morning,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at WBRC Weather
Cold air finally pouring into Alabama and models getting better handle on it. NAM, GFS, and GEM all now showing main ice threat over north Alabama, including Florence, Huntsville, Cullman, and Gadsden. There still may be a period of freezing rain Monday morning in BHM, and if that happens bridges... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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The National Weather Service has a winter storm watch in effect for much of our viewing area. including Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, basically for Monday. I want to emphasize as I have since yesterday that there is a lot of uncertainty with this forecast. The cold air mass that will cause... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at WBRC Weather