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Weather Information and Forecasts for the North Alabama Area
Jan
23.
: Posted: 9:57 pm
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Category: Forecasts

Turned out to be a pretty decent Wednesday afternoon across North Alabama with high temps officially 57 at Huntsville, 58 at Muscle Shoals. Clouds have now moved back into North Alabama tonight.
 
A cold front will move through the area after midnight. There will not be much moisture for this system to work with, but light rain showers will be possible into early Thursday morning. There is also some potential for a changeover to light freezing rain before the precip ends Thursday morning.
 
For now, precipitation amounts are not expected to be enough to cause significant issues. However, can’t rule out a few slick spots on bridges or overpasses, so just take it easy Thursday morning.
 
Should see some clearing and some sunshine by Thursday afternoon, but temperatures will be cold with highs only in the upper 30s/lower 40s and a brisk north wind.
 
Another system will move into the area late Thursday night into early Friday and will bring a slightly better potential for some freezing rain between midnight and 7am Friday. Cannot rule out some light ice accumulations, particularly on trees and other elevated surfaces – mainly EAST of I-65.
 
Slick spots will be possible on area roadways (mainly bridges/overpasses) very early Friday morning. However, a southerly wind should help temperatures warm above freezing by at least mid-morning on Friday – thus ending any threat for frozen precipitation.
 
Saturday will be cold, but sunshine returns. Morning lows in the mid/upper 20s. Afternoon highs in the upper 30s/lower 40s.
 
Sunday/Monday afternoons will feature high temps returning into the low/mid 50s. Morning lows 25-30.
 
Warm-up continues into Tuesday ahead of another storm system that will bring a risk for showers and thunderstorms into the area late Tuesday or Wednesday. NO winter weather setup this time!


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.


Dec
24.
: Posted: 5:26 pm
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Category: Forecasts

Sunshine returned to North Alabama after morning showers. High temperatures peaked in the low to mid 60s over much of the area as well.
 
Dry weather will continue into the rest of the night with temperatures steadily falling into the 40s.
 
Winds will gradually increase during the day on Christmas Day as a warm front approaches the area. Exactly how far north this warm front moves will determine the northern extent of any severe storms Tuesday night.
 
The strong, dynamic storm system will bring plenty of wind shear to support severe storms. The limiting factor over North Alabama will be a lack of instability with showers ongoing during much of the afternoon/evening hours.
 
Instability values are expected to be more significant over Central – and especially SW Alabama. As well as South Mississippi. These locations have the greatest risk for tornadoes, including potentially long-tracked and strong tornadoes.
 
For now the risk of tornadoes over North Alabama is comparatively low, however everyone should stay alert to weather conditions Tuesday night. As in all severe weather situations – only a small change in details can cause significant changes in the outcome of an event.
 
So, bottom line – everyone should be alert, especially those traveling into the Birmingham/Tusscaloosa areas and points southwest.
 
Much colder air rolls in on Wednesday with temperatures falling into the 30s during the day. Can’t rule out a few snow flurries – but NO accumulation.
 
Dry weather returns on Thursday, with a mostly sunny sky. High temperatures in the 40s, lows in the mid 20s.
 
Another chance for scattered showers on Friday – but the remainder of the weekend will be dry and cool. Highs in the 40s, lows in the 20s.


Oct
08.
: Posted: 1:50 pm
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We have continued to see more clouds than sunshine over the past few days, this has helped to keep temperatures cool. Many locations across North Alabama have remained in the 50s this afternoon under the deck of clouds. However, clouds are slowly thinning out and will continue to do so, and by tonight the sky will become mostly clear. This will lead to some chilly temperatures overnight. Sunshine returns on Tuesday and much of the rest of the week looks great weather-wise. Details below…
 
REST OF TODAY: Mostly cloudy with slow clearing this evening. Temperatures will struggle to reach 60 this afternoon, mainly in the upper 50s.
 
TONIGHT: Becoming mostly clear and chilly tonight. With a clear sky, temperatures will fall quickly into the 40s this evening. Overnight lows will eventually bottom out in the upper 30s to low 40s by early Tuesday morning. Fog will also develop overnight, and could become very dense in some areas – particularly valley locations and near bodies of water.
 
TUESDAY: After a cool start, a beautiful afternoon – it will be mostly sunny with high temperatures in the low 70s by Tuesday afternoon. Some of the higher elevations of Northeast Alabama may actually fail to reach 70, remaining in the upper 60s for a high temperature.
 
WEDNESDAY: The nice weather continues on Wednesday, not as cool Wednesday morning with lows in the mid to upper 40s. Afternoon highs once again in the low 70s. A cold front will sweep through the area late in the day, but no risk for rain – simply not enough moisture available. It will bring a reinforcing shot of cooler air.
 
THURSDAY: Behind the front, Thursday morning will be cooler one again in the upper 30s to low 40s. Afternoon highs on Thursday afternoon will again be mainly in the lower 70s. Higher elevations of Northeast Alabama could once again remain the upper 60s for high temperatures.
 
FRIDAY: Another cold front will slowly approach the area from the northwest this weekend. The front could become close enough in proximity to produce some cloud-cover on Friday – but the risk of rain remains pretty low for now. Afternoon highs in the upper 70s to near 80 after morning lows in the upper 40s.
 
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Weather looks great for high school football games on Thursday or Friday nights. Temperatures during games on Thursday night generally in the 50s – not quite as cool Friday night with temperatures during the game near 65 at kickoff, falling into the 50s during the game.
 
THE WEEKEND: Partly sunny to mostly cloudy at time over the weekend with the cold front nearby, just to the northwest of North Alabama. The front could become close enough to produce a few showers by Sunday or Monday. For now, significant rainfall does not appear likely. High temperatures over the weekend generally in the upper 70s to low 80s. Morning lows in the 50s.


Oct
02.
: Posted: 3:03 pm
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Category: Forecasts

Clouds have been hanging tough across much of North Alabama this afternoon, but they are making some progress in clearing the area, especially over the Shoals area of Northwest Alabama. The increasing sunshine is allowing temperatures in the Shoals to warm into the low 70s this afternoon. However, further east where the clouds are still in place – temperatures remain in the low to mid 60s. Clouds will slowly continue to clear from west to east, but not everyone will see sunshine before sunset. The best chance is for those near and especially west of Huntsville. Patchy dense fog will likely develop later tonight.
 
Sunny weather returns to the area on Wednesday, as that storm system that brought us all the rain slowly departs to our northeast. Wednesday afternoon will be beautiful with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Dry weather will continue through at least Friday, before a strong cold front arrives Saturday and Saturday night – however that front will only bring a small risk of a few light showers late in the day Saturday or Saturday night.
 
TONIGHT: Clearing this evening, with patchy dense fog developing especially after midnight. Overnight low temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s.
 
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and a beautiful afternoon with a high temperature in the mid to upper 70s.
 
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: Both days look great with a mostly sunny sky each day and clear nights with afternoon highs in the lower 80s and morning lows between 50 and 55.
 
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Looks like great weather for high school football games Friday night. Kickoff temperatures near 75 under a clear sky, with temperatures falling into the 60s during the games.
 
SATURDAY: Clouds will increase associated with a strong cold front approaching the area on Saturday. Afternoon high temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. There is a small risk of a few light showers late in the afternoon Saturday or Saturday night, but significant rainfall amounts are NOT expected with this system, the main story will be the much cooler air that it brings on Sunday!
 
SUNDAY: Behind the strong cold front Saturday night, much cooler air will invade North Alabama on Sunday – the coldest air so far this season! Clouds could linger, especially during the first half of the day, but sunshine should return before the afternoon is over. Afternoon high temperatures will be quite cool though, only in the lower 60s! It will quickly become quite chilly Sunday evening once the sun sets.
 
MONDAY: With a clear sky by Sunday night, temperatures will be very chilly by Monday morning! Morning lows in the 30s appear likely, and that would result in some patchy frost if winds are able to calm. After the chilly start, a mostly sunny sky will allow temperatures to warm into the mid 60s by Monday afternoon.


Sep
19.
: Posted: 9:32 am
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Category: Weather Update

Many locations across North Alabama saw temperatures fall into the 40s this morning, for the first time since May 10th when the low was 49 at Huntsville International Airport.
 
Below is a list of some low temperature reports from across the area this morning:
 
42 Russellville
44 Valley Head, New Market, Leighton
45 Fort Payne, Meridianville, Crossville, Speake
46 Decatur, Cullman, Scottsboro, Florence
47 Huntsville, Moulton
48 Huntsville-UAH, Grant, Rogersville
49 Hartselle, Courtland
50 Albertville
53 Muscle Shoals
 
Temperatures this afternoon will only warm into the low to mid 70s, despite the full sunshine.


Sep
18.
: Posted: 6:44 pm
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Category: Forecasts

After a couple of days of heavy rainfall, the rest of the week will be dry as cold front clears the area tonight. Scroll down for a long list of storm total rainfall amounts. The cold front will introduce some of the coolest air so far this season, with temperatures by Wednesday morning in the middle to upper 40s across North Alabama.
 
Despite a sunny sky on Wednesday afternoon, high temperatures will only reach the upper 60s and low 70s with a northerly breeze.
 
THURSDAY: The fall-like weather will continue into Thursday as well, with morning lows Thursday morning once again dropping into the 40s. Afternoon highs Thursday afternoon will be a few degrees warmer compared to Wednesday – reaching the upper 70s.
 
FRIDAY: A southwesterly wind returns on Friday, which will help temperatures moderate into the low 80s Friday afternoon. The morning hours will still be cool with lows in the 50s.
 
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Weather looks great for high school football games Friday night. Kickoff temperature around 7:00pm will be in the low 70s, but temperatures will quickly fall into the 60s during the games under a mostly clear sky.
 
THE WEEKEND: There is a small risk of a light/brief shower on Saturday as another front moves through the area, but moisture is lacking with this system and rainfall amounts will not be significant. High temperatures Saturday afternoon one again in the low 80s.
 
Sunshine returns along with cooler and drier filters behind the cold front on Sunday… with morning lows in the mid/upper 40s, and highs Sunday afternoon in the mid/upper 70s.


Sep
18.
: Posted: 5:53 pm
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Category: Weather Update

Heavy rainfall fell across North Alabama on Monday into the early morning hours on Tuesday, bringing significant rainfall amounts to the area. There were several flooding issues caused by the heavy rains, especially in parts of Colbert and Lauderdale Counties in Northwest Alabama on Monday afternoon and evening.
 
The heavy rainfall helped to eliminate the year-to-date rainfall deficit at the Huntsville International Airport, however Muscle Shoals remains below normal so far this year. Here is a look at the numbers at both sites:
 
Huntsville International Airport
Year-to-Date Rain: 38.77″
Year-to-Date Avg: 38.50″
+0.27″
 
Muscle Shoals – NW Alabama Regional Airport
Year-to-Date Rain: 32.69″
Year-to-Date Avg: 37.91″
-5.22″
 
Below is complete list of rainfall totals from around North Alabama:
 
1.72″ Guntersville
2.29″ Harvest
2.34″ Courtland
2.66″ Huntsville – Five Points
2.73″ Huntsville – UAH
2.73″ Russellville
2.79″ Hanceville
2.79″ Florette (Morgan Co.)
2.83″ Meridianville
2.96″ Moulton
3.02″ NE Hartselle
3.11″ Decatur – Pryor Field
3.12″ Mount Hope
3.16″ Muscle Shoals – Airport
3.34″ Owens Crossroads
3.51″ Albertville
3.59″ Monte Sano
3.69″ Phil Campbell
3.73″ Falkville
3.80″ Huntsville – Airport
3.84″ NW Hartselle
3.90″ Vinemont
4.03″ Guntersville Dam
4.31″ Decatur – Point Mallard
4.39″ North Florence
4.48″ Sheffield
4.52″ Valley Head
4.61″ Muscle Shoals – TVA
4.70″ Hazel Green
4.71″ East Florence
4.79″ Scottsboro
4.85″ Holly Tree (Jackson Co.)
5.40″ Cullman
5.49″ Anderson
5.60″ Baileyton (Cullman Co.)
5.61″ Pleasant Grove (Jackson Co.)
6.43″ Ider



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