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Sunday 03/01/2015
Wet weather and winter isn't done yet

WET START TO THE WEEK:  We are going to be talking about rain for the next few days.  From Sunday night to Thursday morning, we could see up to 2 inches of rain.  Temperatures will be warm for the first few days of the work week, but a cold front coming through Tuesday night/Wednesday morning will usher in more cold weather and a chance of winter weather.

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OLD MAN WINTERS RETURN:  Even though we'll enjoy more spring like pattern over the next few days, winter makes a return with a cold front.  Starting early Wednesday morning around 12-1 am, temperatures will still be in the 60's.  However, we'll see those temperatures dropping continuously on Wednesday.  You'll wake up with temps in the mid 50's but by the lunch hour, they'll be in the mid 40's, and all the way down to the 30's by evening rush hour.  As the temperatures fall, we'll see some change over to a wintry mix in the early evening hours.  Some computer models suggest it could be freezing rain, however the impacts remain to be seen.  Seeing temperatures in the 60's the day before and the early morning hours should warm the ground up enough to limit accumulation, but elevated surfaces could see a glazing.  We're still a few days out and a lot can, and likely will change between now and then.

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Saturday 02/28/2015
Warmer but wetter weather ahead

WARMER WEATHER HAS FINALLY ARRIVED:  That’s right; we are finally talking about some warmer weather coming to the TennesseeValley.  As we head into Sunday, we’ll see temps climbing into the upper 50’s maybe even some 60’s.  We’ll see 50’s through Monday as well, but the 60’s definitely return for Tuesday.

OUR NEXT STORM SYSTEM:  We have certainly see a few systems come through as of late, and that will hold true again this week.  We’ll see a chance of showers from Sunday through Wednesday, increasing in likelihood by Wednesday.  As this storm comes through, we’ll see widespread showers and even some thunderstorms as well.  We’ll see falling temps all day on Wednesday and we could see some change over to some wintry mix late Wednesday and early Thursday.

RETURN OF THE COLD:  The cold isn’t gone for good just yet.  The same cold front ushering in the rain and thunderstorms is also expected to knock us back down into the 40s for highs and 20s for lows.

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Friday 02/27/2015
A Cloudy Weekend But Rain And Storms Next Week

TONIGHT: Temperatures will go back into the 20s tonight. The possibility of black ice is low but still possible.

WEEKEND: We will see high overcast with some breaks at times on Saturday. Warmer air moves in Sunday with highs  in the mid to upper 50s.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: We will see some rain between these two days but it won't be a lot. Totals will be under 0.25". However it will be very warm on Tuesday.

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WEDNESDAY: Our next cold front comes through and it will bring in rain and storms. So far these storms look non-severe but a few strong ones can't be ruled out. The questions still remain on what type of precipitation forms on the back side. Models have been hinting at a wintry mix but we are still too far out to say anything with a shred of confidence.

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March Brings Warmer Weather!

FRIDAY: A northeasterly wind throughout the day today will break up the clouds and allow for some sunshine in the forecast for this afternoon. Temperatures will reach into the upper 30's to lower 40's. That's still 15 degrees below average for this time of year.

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THE WEEKEND: As winds begin to turn in from the South, temperatures be in the incline from the mid 40's to the mid 50's by Sunday! In addition, moisture content will increase to give us cloud cover and some stray showers late Sunday evening into the overnight hours. 

STORMY WORKWEEK: We'll have two disturbances from the Southwest that will bring in a round of scattered showers and thunderstorms Monday and Wednesday, and possible isolated showers Tuesday thanks to a southerly wind continuing to fuel in warmer air to increase instability levels. Right now, we're just looking at non-severe thunderstorms, but it's just a sign that spring is right around the corner.

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Thursday 02/26/2015
From Snowstorm To 70s

RECORD SNOW EVENT: This past winter storm is over and officially in the record books. Here are some graphics to show how we now rank for: Snow totals in a 24 hour period and for a single event (which can last more than one day). We had 8.1 inches of snow on the 25th and 0.1" fall the 26th. So our event total is 8.2". 23412312

BECOMING WARMER & STORMY:  Between now and next Wednesday we will have a dramatic warm-up. Temperatures will be going from the 30s to 70s in five days. Our chances for rain will be increasing starting Sunday evening. The best chances for rain will be Monday and Wednesday. But we should be seeing some non-severe storms Wednesday.

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Cold Weather Persists Until Weekend

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Heavy snow showers have ended as our coastal low has now swept up towards the Carolinas. What were left with is a strong flow of Northwesterly winds that will create patchy freezing fog, light flurries, and temperatures barely making it above the freezing mark throughout the day.

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Not the best day after a day of record breaking snow for the month of February.

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 I do expect to see some melting of the snow throughout the afternoon hours, but as we continue to see Northwesterly winds moving in across the Valley, during the overnight hours we will drop into the lower 20's that will allow refreezing of the melting snow to create icy conditions.

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Please be careful heading to work Friday morning. We'll continue to stay cold on Friday with temperatures barely making it above the freezing mark yet again with mostly cloudy skies. 

HEADING INTO MARCH: Southerly winds will return to the Valley as multiple disturbances will move in from the Southwest throughout the first week of March. This will allow temperatures to warm up from the mid 50's on Sunday to the 70's come Tuesday but it will be associated with scattered showers, a couple rumbles of thunder, and breezy conditions. Even though it won't be the best weather to be outside in, at least we're above the freezing mark and don't have a chance of seeing snow!

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Tuesday 02/24/2015
A Snowstorm Is Expected To Hit The Valley Wednesday

A WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE ENTIRE TENNESSEE VALLEY STARTING AT 9 A.M. WEDNESDAY UNTIL 3 A.M. THURSDAY.

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WEDNESDAY: A coastal low is looking to bring in a good amount of moisture to the Tennessee Valley. So far, we're looking at ample strength in the upper levels and a strong Northerly flow of cold air to see snow accumulations occur for the Tennessee Valley Wednesday afternoon into the nighttime hours. This coastal low is looking to bring in the heaviest batch of snow South of the Tennessee River where possible 3-5" of snow is expected. Huntsville can look more towards 3". 

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TIMING OF THE SYSTEM

9 A.M. UNTIL NOON: Light sleet/snow should be pushing into our southern counties; Cullman, Lawrence (AL), Morgan, Marshall & Franklin (AL).

NOON UNTIL 3 P.M.: Light sleet/snow will now be present in Huntsville, Florence, Athens, Decatur, Scottsboro and Fort Payne beginning to change into a moderate to heavy snowfall by 2-3 P.M.

3 P.M. UNTIL 7 P.M.: This is where we will see moderate to heavy snowfall at for areas south of the Tennessee River but including higher elevations of Madison County and all of Jackson County. Roads will be hazardous to drive on during this time.

7 P.M. UNTIL MIDNIGHT: The system will begin to move out of the Tennessee Valley. Snowfall rates will be dropping during this time but roads will still be tough if not impossible to drive on.

This is why a WINTER STORM WARNING is issued for the Tennessee Valley from 9 A.M. WEDNESDAY until 3 A.M. THURSDAY.

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PROBLEMS THURSDAY & FRIDAY: A strong Northwesterly flow of air behind this coastal low, will keep temperatures near the freezing mark for highs Thursday and Friday. Along with cloud cover staying in the forecast for Thursday, we may not see the snow melting until Friday afternoon. Be prepared! Make sure you car is filled with gas, have blankets, batteries, phone charger, kitty litter, and ample supply of dry food in case you get stuck or stranded on the roads.

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Monday 02/23/2015
Winter Weather Likely Tonight And Possible Wednesday

THIS EVENING: There will be a band of wintry precipitation moving across parts o the Tennessee Valley. Best chances will be between: Russellville, Moulton, Cullman & Arab. Road conditions could become slick as some snow accumulates. Totals could be up to 0.5". Flurries to light snow could be possible in extreme northern Alabama but that will depend on how fast the low levels will saturate.

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WEDNESDAY: Well here we go again! We are looking at another chance for accumulating snow. There are a few things to keep in mind. We are still 48 hours out from the start of this next winter storm. With how things have been trending we will see "some snow". Now the best chances will be the further south you live. But since this system will be fairly compact for where the snow is expected to fall. The slightest change in storm location will impact snow totals in a big way.

Just remember when you see snow totals being posted in other social media avenues this far in advance. The likelihood of that result being completely accurate is fairly low.

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Messy Beginning of Workweek

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DURING THE LATE MORNING/EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS OF MONDAY: We'll continue to see low lying clouds and breezy conditions coming in from the North, making it feel very chilly outside. Highs will only reach into the mid to lower 30's with the wind chill making it feel like it's into the mid 20's. 

BY MONDAY LATE AFTERNOON/TONIGHT: Another disturbance from the Gulf will sweep over the Southeast, looking to bring in a light wintry mix to the lower elevations of Franklin, Cullman, Lawrence and Morgan Co. AL from 3-9 P.M. Possible 1/2" of snow could accumulate.

Next chance of wintry precipitation will likely come on Wednesday night into Thursday as yet again, another coastal low will sweep over the Tennessee Valley. 

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Sunday 02/22/2015
More winter weather coming

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MORE WINTRY WEATHER OVERNIGHT:  Winter weather advisory has been issued for the Tennessee Valley from 10pm Sunday to Monday at 9am, in anticipation of seeing some wintry precip moving into the Valley. 

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WINTER WEATHER TIMING:  It’s expected to start off as mainly rain around 10pm tonight, and continue to be rain until around midnight when we start seeing a change over to more of a mixed precip type.  Between midnight and 3am we’ll see freezing rain and sleet, and after 3am we could see some flurries falling.

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 WHAT TO EXPECT:  We aren’t expecting ice like what we saw on Friday, however, minor accumulations on elevated road surfaces higher elevations could cause some travel delays early on Monday.  Since Monday’s high is just in the mid 30’s and skies remaining overcast, ice that forms will last longer into the day.   Snow accumulations will be no more than a light dusting.  Most of the valley will see less than a tenth of an inch of ice, but a few spots could see a little more than that.

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VIDEO: Redstone Closed but some gates remain open

Redstone Arsenal remains closed Thursday due to the large amount of snow on the roadways. Despite the closure essential personnel are still required to report to work. If you are unsure or have any questions you are asked to contact your supervisor.

Redstone's Operations Center is preparing for whatever Old Man Winter is about to throw at us

With wintry precipitation in the forecast for Sunday night and Monday morning the possibility of icy roadways is already on the minds of many.

AMCOM takes responsibility for the boom heard throughout Huntsville Wednesday night

The testing booms from Redstone Arsenal did more than just startle people Wednesday night; they also reportedly did quite a bit of damage.