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Friday 01/30/2015
Cool Friday, Messy Weather For Super Bowl Sunday
FRIDAY: As a cold front slides over the Midwest this morning, we'll start the day with mostly cloudy skies before higher pressure slides in for this afternoon. We'll go from the mid 30's to the mid 40's for highs today with a decrease in cloud cover. 
 
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THE WEEKEND: If you need to get things done outdoors this weekend, make sure to do it Saturday as a disturbance from the Southwest will be intensifying as it makes its way towards the Tennessee Valley. On Saturday will see an increase in cloud cover with temperatures into the lower 50's. By Sunday morning, we're looking to see a few rain showers moving in for the Valley, becoming more scattered throughout the afternoon and evening hours. As we head into Monday morning, the cold front of this system will drop temperatures and change this rain into flurries across the Valley. I don't expect anything more than a dusting in the higher elevations of Northeast Alabama and Southern Tennessee and a few flurries flying across the rest of the Tennessee Valley. Temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will be into the 50's which will limit flurries from sticking on the ground.
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Thursday 01/29/2015
From 60s to 40s And Some Rain On Sunday

FRIDAY: We won't be feeling the heat anymore with highs only in the 40s. The consolation prize is that we get mostly sunny skies again.

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SUNDAY: The rain will push into the Valley during the morning so if your heading to church just keep an umbrella handy. The rest of the afternoon will have scattered showers. Enough to give us about 0.25" to 0.50" of rain.

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SUNDAY NIGHT/MONDAY MORNING: It looks like we will see enough moisture at the tail end of this event when the cold air arrives. This should give us a change from rain to maybe a few sleet pellets to snowflakes. Best chances for the changeover will be from I-65 and east.

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MESSY WEEKEND AHEAD

THURSDAY: We'll see an increase in cloud cover and a strong flow of southerly winds pushing through the Tennessee Valley during the morning hours on Thursday, that will allow our temperatures to climb fast from lower 40's at 7 A.M. to the upper 50's and possibly 60 degrees by the noon time hour. These strong southerly winds are due in part to a cold front that will scurry in from the Central Plains by mid afternoon, changing our wind direction in from the Northwest with possible gusts reaching 20 to 25 mph. The moisture content associated with this cold front is very little which will only lead to a few spotty showers and a decline in temperatures throughout the afternoon and evening hours. Less than a quarter of an inch of rain is expected to accumulate, so not everyone will see the rain, and we don't expect limiting visibility from the shower activity on your commute back home from work.

 
FRIDAY: On Friday, with a Northwesterly wind in place, drier and cooler air will begin to move in during the day. This will allow for plenty of sunshine, but temperatures will only reach into the lower 50's at best. 
 
THE WEEKEND: If you need to get things done outdoors this weekend, make sure to do it Saturday as a disturbance from the Southwest will be intensifying as it makes its way towards the Tennessee Valley. On Saturday will see an increase in cloud cover and by Sunday morning we're looking to see a few showers move into the Valley lasting until Monday morning. This disturbance is throwing us a few curve balls when it comes to forecasting, mainly the track of this system. Right now, this system isn't pulling in a strong enough flow of southerly winds where we do run the chance of see rain throughout Sunday afternoon, then turning into flurries Sunday night into Monday morning. No accumulation is expected at this time.
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Wednesday 01/28/2015
A Warm And Breezy Thursday But Less Rain Now For Sunday

THURSDAY: I think I should just start off and say that it's going to be a nice warm day in the Valley. Highs will be in the upper 50s/low 60s. It will also be breezy with gusts up to 20 mph at times. During the late afternoon a cold front will begin to move through and cause some spotty showers. Amounts will only be measured in hundredths so don't expect much rain.

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FRIDAY: High pressure moves to our north and cause some cooler weather. Highs will only be in the mid to upper 40s.

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WEEKEND: Saturday will be dry but skies will become overcast with a thick layer of altostratus clouds. Things have also changed to the forecast in regards to rain amounts. We won't see as much rain as thought before. We will a deep layer of dry air that will be tough to overcome initially (Circled in red for the forecast sounding). As well as other features in the atmosphere not lining up to give us more moisture. So chances for Sunday/Sunday night have been lowered but expected scattered showers. 

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Plenty Of Sunshine For Wednesday

Higher pressure will build in over the Tennessee Valley for Wednesday, giving us plenty of sunshine and temperatures will soar into the mid 50's. It's going to be a beautiful day so get out there and enjoy it!

Heading into Thursday, a weak cold front will move through the Valley during the afternoon time. With little moisture associated with this disturbance, at most we'll see a few spotty showers around the Valley. The biggest concern will be gusty winds moving at 15-20 mph with this cold front and a slight drop in temperatures from the upper 50's on Thursday to lower 50's on Friday with clearing skies.

Weekend weather will entail a disturbance moving in from the Southwest. With a southerly wind in place, a good amount of moisture will move in, giving us scattered showers and maybe a couple rumbles of thunder throughout the day Sunday. Possibly one inch of rain accumulation could fall across the Valley. Make plans outdoors for Saturday afternoon if you need to attend to any gardening or yard work.

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Tuesday 01/27/2015
Mild And Dry Before Rain Comes This Weekend

WEDNESDAY: High pressure will move to our northeast and give us plentiful sunshine. Highs will make it into the the low to mid 50s.

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THURSDAY: Even with a cold front moving through. It won't stop those temperatures from shooting into the mid to upper 50s across the Valley. There should be a few rain drops falling from the sky but don't expect much.

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WEEKEND: Our next rain maker will move in Saturday night and last through Sunday night. Totals as of right now could be over 1" in some places.

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Sunshine Is Back!

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY: Higher pressure will move in Tuesday and Wednesday allowing plenty of sunshine and temperatures climbing back up into the upper 40's to mid 50's. A light breeze will kick in from the Northwest at 10-15 mph this afternoon. Otherwise, it'll be a pretty nice two days across the Valley!

ANOTHER COOL FRONT THURSDAY: A rather weak cool front will skim through the Valley Thursday afternoon, giving us a chance on a few spotty showers with breezy winds. The biggest change will be cooler air moving in from the North dipping us down from 57 on Thursday down to 48 Friday. 

UNSETTLED WEEKEND: Look for a increase in cloud cover Saturday as our next disturbance will move in from the Southwest. Expect scattered showers to start late Saturday night into all day Sunday. It is possible we could pick up on a few thunderstorms and an inch of rain accumulations.

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Monday 01/26/2015
Sprinkles And Flurries Tuesday More Rain This Weekend

TUESDAY: The cloud cover looks to hold on pretty strong with northwest flow. We may even see a few flurries or sprinkles of rain early for areas northeast of Huntsville. 12

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: These will be our best days in the forecast. Highs will be back in the 50s with sunshine and dry weather. We will be on the lookout to see how our next cold front progresses. This could some scattered showers late Thursday into Thursday night.

WEEKEND: Our next good chance for rain will arrive Saturday night into Sunday morning.

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Cold & Dreary Start To Workweek

GLOOMY MONDAY-TUESDAY: It's going to be a chilly start to the workweek, as two cold fronts will move in, one Monday morning and another Monday night into Tuesday. Temperatures will only reach into the mid to lower 40's thanks to the cloud cover moving in with these systems.  Winds will also picking up throughout the day, the wind chill to make it feel likes it's into the upper 20's and mid 30's, so take a warm jacket with you before you leave work. With a little moisture associated with these cold fronts, Northeast Alabama will see a light rain/snow mix Monday morning and Monday night into Tuesday morning, with no snow accumulation.

WARMING UP WEDNESDAY: Higher pressure will move in for the middle of the workweek, allowing southerly winds to move in and warm us back up into the mid to upper 50's. 

FEW SHOWERS THURSDAY: Another weak cold front will move in for Thursday, producing a few showers throughout the late afternoon hours. Temperatures will reach into the mid to upper 40's.

UNSETTLED WEEKEND: We have two different tracks on how this weekend could pan out. The GFS model run keeps us into the 50's with a few isolated showers Saturday night into Sunday midday. The other, the European model, keeps us cold with the potential of a wintry mix. Right now, it is too early to call what exactly will happen, so tune into WAAY 31 First News Storm Force Weather Team with the latest details later this week!

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Sunday 01/25/2015
Sunday night forecast discussion

SUNDAY NIGHT:  Showers and even a few rumbles of thunder are possible through the overnight hours.  Nothing severe is expected, but after midnight we could see some locations changing over to snow, mainly Lincoln, Franklin in TN and Jackson and Madison in AL.  No accumulation is expected from this.  Temperatures will bottom out in the mid and upper 30’s.

EARLY WEEK:  Expect much cooler temperatures to start off the week.  Highs for Monday run in the mid 40’s with overnight lows dropping into the lower 30’s.  Skies will be clearing late Monday giving way to sunny skies by Tuesday.  Temperatures will start to rebound on Tuesday with a few locations making it back into the 50’s. 

MID TO LATE WEEK:  Temps continue to climb getting to the mid 50’s by Thursday but we will watch for another cold front to come in and bring rain to the forecast as well as knocking our temps back down into the 40’s.

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Here is what will be booming on Redstone Arsenal today

Redstone Arsenal officials say you should expect to hear some loud booming for the next hour or so. The National Center for Explosives Training and Research, part of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, will be setting off several homemade explosives starting at approximately 9:15am Friday morning.

Wreck closes part of California Street

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) - The Huntsville Police Department is reporting a wreck in the area of California St. and McClung Ave.

Auschwitz 70th anniversary: Holocaust survivor remembers

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) - A Holocaust survivor speaks out about the most notorious of Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz. That’s as people around the world are remembering the 70th anniversary of Soviet soldiers liberating those imprisoned.