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Warmer Days Ahead

| 6:17 am March 6, 2015

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FRIGID FRIDAY MORNING: Birmingham is reporting 18 degrees at 6:00 a.m… that beats the record low for March 6… the old record was 19 set in 1960. Other pre-dawn temperatures include…

Haleyville 13
Cullman 14
Russellville 14
Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 15
Bessemer 18
Gadsden 19
Center Point 19
Concord 19
Coker 20
Tuscaloosa 21
Anniston 23

We warm into the upper 40s today with a good supply of sunshine.

OUR WEEKEND: Tomorrow looks very nice; we start the day with a low in the 20s, but expect a nice warm-up with a high around 60 degrees with a sunny sky. The weather stays dry Sunday with a mix of sun and clouds and a high in the mid 60s. Some rain could push into the state Sunday night.

NEXT WEEK: A series of waves will keep the weather wet at times. Rain is likely late Monday, Monday night, and Tuesday morning, and another wave will bring a chance of rain Wednesday into Thursday. The sky will be mostly cloudy through the week with highs in the 60s. There might be some thunder along the way, but for now we don’t see any severe weather risk.

However, the 06Z GFS does show a potential setup for strong thunderstorms over the following weekend (March 14-15)… see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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I stopping by Vincent Elementary School in Shelby County, along with Jefferson Christian Academy today… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Bad Situation on I-459

| 3:36 pm March 5, 2015

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Numerous wrecks are being reported on I-459 by State Troopers on southbound I=459 at MM 27 via John Talbot on Twitter.

This is just south of the I-20 interchange, north of Grants Mill Road.

There are injuries and extraction help is being requested.

Area roads are still dangerous where freezing rain and sleet has fallen. It is still a good idea to avoid travel for now.

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Winter Storm Winding Down

| 3:10 pm March 5, 2015

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today**

FREEZING RAIN/SLEET DROPPING SOUTH: The wintry precipitation is over the for Birmingham metro, but it continues in a band from Anniston to Clanton to Marion late this afternoon. This wintry mix will fade away this evening as drier air takes over.

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Temperatures are now below freezing generally along and north of I-20…

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COLD NIGHT: Temperatures will drop into the 17-22 degree range early tomorrow, so any lingering moisture will be ice on roads and bridges tonight and early tomorrow morning. If you have to travel tonight, be very careful and watch for icy patches… even if the road looks dry.

WARMER DAYS: We warm into the mid 40s tomorrow, and by Saturday afternoon we will enjoy a high around 60 degrees. Both days should feature a good supply of sunshine. Most communities will stay dry Sunday, although we might consider a small risk of a shower by late afternoon as moisture increases. The high Sunday will be up in the mid 60s.

NEXT WEEK: Model consistency has not been good, but there will be some risk of showers during the first half of the week. The good news is that temperatures will be very pleasant with highs in the 60s; we could reach the 70s by Thursday.

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Precip Ending, but Getting Colder

| 3:08 pm March 5, 2015

The freezing line continues to sink towards the southeast across Central Alabama this afternoon. Where temps have fallen to freezing, they will not be rising back above it until the middle part of tomorrow morning. Luckily, we are seeing the main area of precipitation moving off towards the southeast as well. No additional accumulations are expected north and west of this line.

With the temps only dropping the rest of today, we are not expecting much improvement in the areas that have seen the sleet and ice, as a slushy mess remains. Impacts on travel will be persist the rest of the afternoon and through the overnight periods. The greatest threat for icing will be on the elevated surfaces as well as bridges and overpasses. Travel is not recommended through the rest of today and tonight. Temperatures will continue dropping and we are expecting lower 20s and teens for much of Central Alabama by tomorrow morning.

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Warning, Advisories Reconfigured

| 1:51 pm March 5, 2015

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The NWS Birmingham continues the Winter Storm Warning for Jefferson, Blount, Pickens, Tuscaloosa and Walker Counties until 3 p.m.

They have posted a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m. for counties to the east, including Bibb, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Etowah, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Shely. St. CLair, Sumter and Talladega.

Sleet continues across much of the Birmingham Metro area, but will begin to taper from the west over the next hour. Exposed surface such as decks are gathering an accumulation of sleet. Roads are becoming sleet covered in some areas and slushy conditions are being reported in places like Ashville, Mountain Brook and over northeastern Jefferson County. In all areas, watch out for ice on bridges.

An area of heavier sleet over Sumter and Greene Counties will affect Hale and Marengo Counties between now and 3 p.m.

Get ready for a cold night tonight with tens over the Northwest, readings near 20F in the I-59 Corridor and lower 20s elsewhere across Central Alabama.

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Band of Heavy Sleet Affecting I-59 Corridor

| 12:57 pm March 5, 2015

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A band of moderate to heavy sleet is affecting many communities in a southwest to Northeast line from Sumter and Greene Counties through Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Shelby, southern Blount, southern Etowah, St. Clair and Cherokee Counties.

It is sleeting like crazy now in places like Hoover, Bessemer, Helena and Mountain Brook.

It is 32F at the Tuscaloosa Airport, 30F at the Birmingham Airport. In fact, most of the stations in the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham areas are now at or below freezing.

Roads are just wet for now in the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa metro areas but it is beginning to accumulate on raised and exposed objects like decks.

Travel is not recommended now in the affected areas.

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