The National Weather Service says at least four tornadoes touched down in Alabama during this week's storms, including an EF-2 tornado that flung a semitrailer onto the roof of an industrial plant in the Fort Payne area.
The Fort Payne-area twister was brief but powerful, with estimated winds up to 125 mph. Survey crews from the weather service say it flipped three large semitrailers, vaulting one into the air and onto the factory's roof around 12:30 a.m. Friday.
Alabama is bracing for a one-two punch of winter weather expected to bring ice and snow accumulations across central and north Alabama.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forecasters say Alabama is facing the threat of severe weather over the weekend.
The National Weather Service says temperatures will reach near record levels across the state on Saturday as moist air flows north off the Gulf of Mexico. That will be followed by drier air moving in from the west, bringing a chance of strong storms.
Forecasters say there's a medium to high chance of severe storms beginning Saturday night, and there's a low to medium chance of isolated tornadoes through Sunday afternoon.
Forecasters are predicting a mixture of rain, snow and sleet across parts of northern Alabama Tuesday before the precipitation changes to all snow late Tuesday night.
The National Weather Service predicts less than a half-inch of new snow and sleet accumulation in cities such as Huntsville and Florence. Higher amounts will be possible at higher elevations of northeast Alabama, such as areas near Lookout Mountain.
Forecasters say that some icy and slick spots on roads will develop, especially on bridges, overpasses and less-traveled secondary roads.
It was brutally cold over night in parts of Alabama, and forecasters say it's not over yet. Tonight's forecast is for more cold weather for the Tennessee Valley, with temperatures dropping to the mid-twenties again.
Tuscaloosa is predicted to have upper twenties, and Mobile could be in the mid thirties.
Meteorologist Holly Allen says precautions for tonight are the same as for last night.
Heavy rains flooded roads and highways in parts of Alabama, and one county was under a flash flood warning.
The National Weather Service early Wednesday issued a flash flood warning for Cullman County, where an emergency manager reported more than a foot of water covering Highway 69 in front of a truck stop. Forecasters said heavy thunderstorms were expected to produce even more rain in the area.
Strong thunderstorms caused downpours that resulted in flash flooding in parts of Alabama.
The weather service didn't report any severe weather associated with the storms on Tuesday, but the downpours created headaches for some.
Streets flooded in parts of Jefferson County and Birmingham, causing traffic tie-ups. The weather service said flash flooding was likely near Montgomery, with deluges of as much as 2 inches of rain possible in a short time.