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Weather Information and Forecasts for the North Alabama Area
Jan
16.
: Posted: 3:36 pm
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Category: Winter Weather

The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Winter Storm Watch for portions of North-Central and Northeast Alabama on Thursday. This includes the following counties: Cullman, Dekalb, Jackson, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan.
 
As a strong upper level passes through the region, it will bring with it the potential for rain changing to snow Thursday morning. Accumulations are possible, mainly in grassy areas. Accumulations of 1-3″ are possible, 2-4″ in the higher elevations of Northeast Alabama.
 
Expect roads to be mainly wet during the day on Thursday, but as colder air arrives Thursday night, any remaining moisture on area roadways may freeze – especially on bridges and overpasses. Use caution when traveling Thursday night.
 
For now, the Winter Storm Watch does NOT include Lauderdale, Colbert, and Franklin counties in the Shoals area. Light snow is possible in the Shoals, but the current thinking is that it will likely not be enough to produce any significant accumulation.
 
With upper level lows there are usually some surprises, so check in for any possible adjustments to the forecast over the next 12 hours or so.
 
Below is a map indicating the most likely areas for significant snowfall accumulation on Thursday. This does not nessacarily indicate totals – just the overall potential for accumulation. Expecting accumulations ranging from a dusting to 3″. However, isolated higher amounts of 4-5″ are possible over extreme NE Alabama (i.e. Dekalb, Cherokee counties).
 


Jan
14.
: Posted: 8:38 pm
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Category: Winter Weather

Most of the precipitation has shifted east of I-65 at 7:30pm. Freezing rain is still occurring in portions of Madison, Morgan, Cullman counties – elsewhere it is mainly falling as rain (except for higher elevations).
 
The Winter Weather Advisory was expanded earlier this evening and now includes Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Morgan, and Cullman counties until 9:00am Tuesday.
 
While light accumulations will be likely on trees, power lines, cars, and other elevated surfaces – travel issues are expected to be relatively isolated. The most troublesome areas will be bridges and overpasses overnight. The best chance for icing will be in the highest elevations and areas west of a line from Huntsville to Cullman (i.e. The Shoals, Athens, Moulton)
 
Temperatures across the area at 7:00pm include:
 
37 at Scottsboro, Fort Payne
34 at Muscle Shoals, Courtland, Meridianville
33 at Decatur, Hartselle
32 at Cullman, Florence
30 at Haleyville
 
Another area of rain/freezing rain is expected to impact North Alabama late tonight and into Tuesday morning which could result in additional ice accumulations, mainly over Northwest Alabama and the Shoals area. Again, accumulations mainly on elevated surfaces such as trees, power lines.
 
Any freezing rain is expected to change to ALL rain by mid-morning Tuesday. Heaviest precipitation should taper off by Tuesday evening and Tuesday night. A few light showers are still possible on Wednesday before the next system affects the area by Thursday…
 
ANOTHER WINTRY THREAT THURSDAY?: Another potential for wintry weather will come on Thursday as a strong upper level disturbance moves near the area. The EXACT track of this system will determine exactly who will see what in terms of rain versus snow, as well as accumulation potential. For now, guidance seems to favor accumulations to our north and west over parts of North Mississippi and Tennessee.
 
HOWEVER, only very small changes in the overall setup could result in major changes in the track of this system. Upper level lows are notoriously difficult to forecast, so this will be something to watch carefully over the next 24-36 hours.


Jan
14.
: Posted: 5:07 pm
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Category: Winter Weather

Heavy rain has fallen for much of the day across North Alabama. It has been a very cold rain as well with temperatures generally in the 30s this afternoon (except for low/mid 40s over NE Alabama).
 
Due to some of the colder temperatures over NW Alabama, there have been several reports of sleet and freezing rain in portions of Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, and Limestone counties. There have been reports of minor ice accumulations mainly on trees and elevated surfaces.
 
**Winter Weather Advisory until 9:00am Tuesday for: Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone Counties**
 
So far, there have been no reports of travel issues as the roads have remained just wet due to the warm ground temperatures and air temperatures still very borderline right around the freezing mark.
 
However, after sunset tonight there is definitely the potential for a few slick spots on roadways – especially bridges and overpasses. The highest potential for this will be over Northwest Alabama.
 
While major icing is not expected at this time, it does not take much ice to cause dangerous driving conditions. Avoid traveling tonight if it is not necessary over Northwest Alabama.
 
Temmperatures will generally remain steady overnight between 30-35. There will be continued potential for some freezing rain (again, mainly Northwest Alabama) into Tuesday morning – however temperatures will warm ABOVE freezing by mid-morning and this should end the threat for wintry precipitation. The heaviest precitipation should taper off by Tuesday night.
 
BOTTOM LINE: The highest potential for ice accumulation is over parts of Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Limestone, Lawrence Counties including cities such as Florence, Muscle Shoals, Athens, Russellville, Moulton, etc. Major icing not expected, but some ice will accumulate mainly on cars, decks, trees, other elevated surfaces. While many roads will just be wet, slick spots will likely develop on bridges and overpasses.


Jan
03.
: Posted: 10:29 am
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Category: Winter Weather

A very cold start to the day this morning, with many areas falling into the upper teens and lower 20s. The coldest temperature I have seen so far in the state has been 16 at Russellville in Franklin County.
 
Here are some other low temperature reports from across the area this morning…
 
16 at Russellville
17 at Haleyville, North Florence
19 at Decatur, Courtland, Valley Head, Meridianville, Crossville, Shoals TVA
20 at Hartselle, Muscle Shoals AP
21 at Huntsville, Cullman
22 at Guntersville
23 at Fort Payne
 
Temperatures this afternoon will not recover very much, only managing the mid to upper 30s for afternoon highs.


Nov
28.
: Posted: 3:45 pm
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Category: Winter Weather

Here is a live look at Downtown Haleyville in Winston County… courtesy the ABC 33/40 Skycam. Moderate to heavy snow is falling there now, with a temperature of 34.
 


Nov
28.
: Posted: 1:27 pm
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…The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of North Alabama from 6:00pm tonight until 9:00am Tuesday morning…
 
Rain is expected to mix with snow later this evening, before changing to all snow later tonight, continuing into Tuesday morning. Precip should taper off by Tuesday afternoon, and could change back to rain before ending.
 
Some accumulations are possible… from 1-2 inches over Northwest Alabama counties including Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence… and a dusting to 1 inch over North-Central Alabama including Limestone, Madison, Morgan, Cullman.
 
These accumulations will be mostly on grassy areas and elevated surfaces such as decks, roofs, trees, and cars. Due to warm ground/air temperatures – roads will be just wet – except for brief slick spots in isolated areas that experience heavy snow bands. Be especially careful on bridges and overpasses.
 
Check back for the latest details…


Feb
10.
: Posted: 9:13 am
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Category: Winter Weather

Here is a map of the snowfall accumulation reports from across the region from Wednesday Night.

 

All of these reports are courtesy of the National Weather Service. Compiled from the Local Storm Reports of the National Weather Service Offices in Huntsville, Birmingham, Memphis, Nashville, and Jackson (MS).

 


Feb
09.
: Posted: 4:34 pm
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Category: Winter Weather

Just after 4:30pm, snow is spreading into North Alabama this evening. Most of the snow right now is falling west of I-65, but it will continue to spread in from west to east.

 

There are some bands of very heavy snow over Mississippi that are poised to move into Alabama over the next several hours. Could see snowfall rates around an 1″ per hour in these bands – even higher in the heaviest bands.

 

Snowfall amounts will still likely average around 1-2″ – but there will definitely be some places that will see more up to around 4″ or so. The highest chance for higher accumulations will be west of I-65 in areas like the Shoals to near Hamilton.

 

The original snow potential map posted looks like it will be the most accurate.


Feb
09.
: Posted: 9:39 am
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Category: Winter Weather

The storm system that will bring us a chance of snow is currently affecting Arkansas and Louisiana this morning. Heavy snow is falling across many parts of Arkansas, and this system dumped large amounts of snow over eastern Oklahoma overnight last night. All this activity is moving eastward – however as it does it will slowly begin to lose some of its strength – that’s why we are only expecting about 1-2″ accumulation in most spots around here tonight.

 

RIGHT NOW…

 

ARKANSAS CONDITIONS:
Fayetteville, Heavy Snow, temp 19, visibility 1/4 mile
Fort Smith, Snow, temp 27, visibility 1/4 mile, wind chill 19
Harrison, Snow, temp 16, visibility 1/4 mile, wind chill 7
Springdale, Heavy Snow, temp 18, visibility 1/8 mile, wind chill 5
Mountain Home, Snow, temp 17, visibility 1/4 mile, wind chill 9
Corning, Heavy Snow, temp 19, visibility 1/4 mile, wind chill 7
Little Rock, Snow, temp 25, visibility 1/2 mile, wind chill 13
Hot Springs, Light Snow, temp 26 visibility 1/4 mile
Pine Bluff, Light Snow, temp 29, wind chill 19

 

SNOW…
The snow covers much of Arkansas right now and the leading edge is beginning to cross the Mississippi River and reach West Tennessee and NW Mississippi including the Memphis area. Moving pretty quickly toward our area.

 

Temperatures are chilly across North Alabama this morning, after lows in the lower 20s…

 

Hartselle, Cloudy, temp 29
Muscle Shoals, Overcast, temp 28
Decatur, Fair, temp 28
Cullman, Fair, temp 30
Huntsville, Partly cloudy, temp 30
Fort Payne, Fair, temp 31

 

LATER TODAY…

 

Snowfall will begin to move into NW Alabama around mid-afternoon today and overspread the rest of the area this evening. It appears that the highest snowfall amounts will occur south of the Tennessee River at this time. But most places will see between 1-2″. A slightly higher amount is possible in a few spots.

 

Accumulating snowfall will end for most places by midnight tonight. Although, there will be a few snow flurries possibly lingering into Thursday morning.

 

Very cold tonight with lows around 20 – any snow that melts on the roadways could re-freeze and cause some slick spots – especially on bridges and overpasses. However, sky will clear Thursday, temperatures will rise above freezing Thursday afternoon to a high between 35-38.


Feb
08.
: Posted: 9:49 pm
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Category: Winter Weather

Just an update on the potential for some snow around here Wednesday night. This won’t be a huge event like we saw on January 10th, but slick spots on the roadways can be expected for Thursday morning with the accumulating snowfall. The snow looks like it will move in a little earlier than anticipated – perhaps as early as 3:00pm Wednesday afternoon.

 

Below I have attached the updated snowfall potential map…again nothing special about where the lines are drawn, just gives you a general idea of where the higher amounts will be most likely.

 

…Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for all of North/Central Alabama for Wednesday night

 

…Snowfall moving into NW Alabama around 3:00pm

 

…The accumulating snowfall should end by 1:00-2:00am Thursday morning; snow flurries lingering into Thursday morning

 

…In general, snowfall amounts around 1-2″ are expected

 

…Locally higher amounts up to 4″ are possible mainly closer to the Mississippi state line and south of the Tennessee River

 

…Roads likely slick Thursday morning – especially untreated roads and bridges/overpasses

 

…Becoming sunny on Thursday with high temperatures in the middle 30s

 



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