Alabama winter weather en Ala EMA Says Timing, Forecast, Preparation Helped <p></p><p>The head of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency says timing, better forecasting and preparation helped the state avoid a repeat of the problems that occurred during a winter storm two weeks ago.</p><p>Agency Director Art Faulkner tells The Associated Press that many difficulties were avoided because the worst of the frozen precipitation fell late Wednesday and early Thursday instead of during the middle of the day.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:12:09 +0000 The Associated Press 46776 at Ala EMA Says Timing, Forecast, Preparation Helped School Closings For Wednesday <p>Many businesses, schools, and government offices will be closed in much of north Alabama and parts of central and east Alabama tomorrow.</p><p>Below is a less than complete list of schools closings in those areas.</p><p>- Albertville City Schools - Closed Wednesday. All 12-month-employees report only if road conditions allow.</p><p>- Arab City Schools - Closed Wednesday</p><p>- Boaz City Schools - Closed Wednesday</p><p>- Colbert County Schools - Closed Wednesday</p><p>- Cullman County Schools - Closed Wednesday</p><p>- Decatur City Schools - Closed Wednesday</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:15:38 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 46619 at School Closings For Wednesday Up To 6 inches Of Snow Blankets North Ala. <p></p><p>Forecasters say parts of Alabama could have more than a foot of snow on the ground by the time the wintry precipitation ends.</p><p>A winter storm warning covers nearly the entire northern half of the state. Many schools and businesses are closed or opening late Wednesday.</p><p>The National Weather Service says Tuesday's snow and ice totals ranged from a trace north of Birmingham to 6 inches in Alabama's northeastern corner.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:04:35 +0000 The Associated Press 46618 at Up To 6 inches Of Snow Blankets North Ala. Gov. Bentley Says Guard Wreckers Already Being Used <p></p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley says two National Guard wreckers have been dispatched to Interstate 65 near Cullman to help clear jackknifed 18-wheelers that blocked northbound traffic.</p><p>The governor says one lesson learned from the Jan. 28 ice storm was to get National Guard wreckers organized early to pull stalled vehicles to the side of the road until the weather clears and the owners can reclaim them.</p><p>Alabama Department of Transportation spokesman Tony Harris says the state has brought in contractor crews to assist with snow removal across north Alabama counties.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:46:11 +0000 The Associated Press 46616 at Gov. Bentley Says Guard Wreckers Already Being Used Winter Storm Warning Issued For Alabama <p></p><p>Alabama is bracing for a one-two punch of winter weather expected to bring ice and snow accumulations across central and north Alabama.</p><p>The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a winter storm warning beginning 9 p.m. Monday. The warning area includes the cities of Hamilton, Jasper, Birmingham, Hoover, Pell City Tuscaloosa and Gadsden.</p><p>Forecasters say accumulations of one to two inches of snow are possible across much of north central Alabama. Accumulations of up to two-tenths of freezing rain are also possible.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:54:30 +0000 The Associated Press 46549 at Winter Storm Warning Issued For Alabama Ala. Schools Close Early At Mention Of Wintry Mix <p></p><p>Some schools in central Alabama are closing early at the mention of snow or sleet in the forecast.</p><p>Systems around metro Birmingham and Tuscaloosa began releasing students ahead of schedule Thursday as forecasters said there was a chance of a wintry mix in some areas.</p><p>Forecasters hadn't issued any winter storm watches or warnings at the time, and the weather service said temperatures were above freezing.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:10:10 +0000 The Associated Press & Ryan Vasquez 46339 at Ala. Schools Close Early At Mention Of Wintry Mix Ala. Troopers Handled 731 Wrecks In Winter Storm <p></p><p>Alabama state troopers handled more than twice as many wrecks as normal during the snow and ice storm that paralyzed parts of the state last week.</p><p>Troopers released statistics Tuesday showing officers investigated a total of 731 accidents from Tuesday through Friday. Roads were either frozen over or blocked with abandoned vehicles across a wide area during those days.</p><p>Troopers on average would handle about 336 wrecks over a four-day period.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:45:42 +0000 The Associated Press 46191 at Ala. Troopers Handled 731 Wrecks In Winter Storm Ala. Troopers: 9 Dead In Wrecks Linked To Weather <p></p><p>State troopers say nine people died in traffic accidents linked to this week's winter storm in Alabama.</p><p>The Department of Public Safety says fatal wrecks happened in six counties: Bullock, Chilton, DeKalb, Elmore, Perry and Tuscaloosa.</p><p>Troopers say additional deaths could be added to the storm total once additional wrecks are investigated.</p><p>Police say hundreds of wrecks occurred statewide during the storm, which struck Tuesday.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:05:57 +0000 The Associated Press 46011 at Ala. Troopers: 9 Dead In Wrecks Linked To Weather Busted Forecast Led To Central Alabama Snow Mess <p>A mistaken forecast led to days of problems in Alabama's largest metropolitan area, but experts say predicting a winter storm is incredibly difficult.</p><p></p><p>The Birmingham metro area is still recovering from the snow and ice storm that stuck Tuesday with virtually no warning. Commuters and schoolchildren were stranded for a day.</p><p>Meteorologist Jeff Masters of Weather Underground says the rarity of winter storms in Alabama makes forecasting even tougher.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:57:37 +0000 The Associated Press 45998 at Busted Forecast Led To Central Alabama Snow Mess State Senate Works Despite Icy Weather <p></p><p>The Alabama House was unable to meet Tuesday because many members couldn't make the icy trip to Montgomery. But the Senate got enough members to Montgomery to meet.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:10:43 +0000 The Associated Press 45791 at State Senate Works Despite Icy Weather Winter Weather Closings and Delays <p>Wintry weather has ground much of the state to a halt today. Schools, businesses, and governmental buildings were either closed or sent people home early.</p><p>Bad conditions are expected to persist through Wednesday and officials are urging motorists to avoid travel if possible.</p><p>Many events planned for this evening have been canceled as well so check before heading out.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:50:20 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 45776 at Winter Weather Closings and Delays Coldest Air Of The Week Expected Early Friday <p></p><p>Alabama's coldest temperatures of the week are expected early Friday morning, with lows dropping into the single-digits in northern parts of the state.</p><p>The National Weather Service will have a wind chill advisory in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday for northern Alabama counties that include the cities of Huntsville, Athens, Guntersville, Scottsboro, Fort Payne and Fayetteville. In those areas, forecasters say the wind chill value could be as low as 8 degrees below zero in higher elevations.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:08:26 +0000 The Associated Press 45494 at Coldest Air Of The Week Expected Early Friday Coldest night yet... <p>BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Temperatures plunged into the single digits in Alabama as the coldest weather of the season settled over the state. Lows around 5 a.m. ranged from 3 degrees in Haleyville to 14 degrees in Montgomery. The National Weather Service on Tuesday also reported pre-dawn temperatures of 5 degrees in Huntsville; 9 degrees in Anniston; and 10 degrees in Tuscaloosa. Many of the temperatures were 20 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of year. The weather service said that in Huntsville, for instance, the typical low on Jan. 7 is 31.7 degrees. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:44:49 +0000 The Associated Press & Alabama Public Radio 44477 at Coldest night yet... Bitter Cold Weather Moving Into Alabama Area <p>Forecasters say overnight temperatures across Alabama could drop into the teens or single digits as a winter weather system moves through the region.</p><p>The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday. A hard freeze warning is in effect between midnight and noon on Tuesday.</p> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 17:52:19 +0000 The Associated Press 44417 at Bitter Cold Weather Moving Into Alabama Area Mercury Plunges Across Alabama; More Cold Coming <p></p><p>Temperatures plunged into the teens across much of Alabama, but forecasters say a blast of potentially colder air is on the way.</p><p>Low temperatures hit 16 degrees in Decatur and 17 degrees in Huntsville early Friday morning -- some of the lowest marks in Alabama Friday.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:01:53 +0000 The Associated Press 44354 at Mercury Plunges Across Alabama; More Cold Coming