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Alabama Weather
6:36 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Strong Storms Bring High Wind, Hail to State

A member of the University of Alabama Grounds Department surveys damage after an oak tree fell in front of Moore Hall on the University of Alabama campus.
Robert Sutton | The Tuscaloosa News

Strong storms that moved across much of Alabama on Monday plunged thousands in the dark and also pummeled the state with hail, high winds and heavy rainfall.

The National Weather Service said the strongest of the storms had wind gusts nearing 60 mph and there also was hail the size of quarters.

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Alabama Storms
5:07 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Strong Storms Bring High Wind, Hail To State

Severe weather across Alabama today brought a wide arrange of threats including damaging winds and hail.
Credit / National Weather Service

Strong storms moved across much of Alabama, bringing hail, high winds, and heavy rainfall as a cold front passes through the state.

The National Weather Service warns that the strongest storms will be capable of producing wind gusts up to 60 mph and hail the size of quarters.

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Alabama Severe Weather
7:33 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Heavy Rains, Brisk Winds Forecast for Alabama

Forecasters say severe storms are possible in southwest Alabama. Strong winds likely in North Alabama.

Forecasters say severe storms are possible in southwestern Alabama, and strong winds are likely in north Alabama.

A cold front is moving in from the west, and a warm front is pushing north out of the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Weather Service says the colliding systems are creating a risk of severe storms in Mobile and the surrounding area on Monday. Rainfall totals could exceed 4 inches.

Wind gusts up to 30 mph are possible in central Alabama, along with heavy rains.

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Alabama Weather
9:55 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Cold Front Brings Chance of Snow Flurries to Ala.

Forecasters say a cold front approaching Alabama could bring snow flurries to some parts of the state.

Low temperatures are projected to drop below freezing in the Huntsville area Friday night. The National Weather Service is forecasting a slight chance for snow flurries in that area on Saturday.

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Alabama Weather
8:48 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Storms Drench Parts of Alabama, Damage Homes

A crew from the National Weather Service plans to inspect storm damage in southwestern Alabama to determine whether damage to homes in the area was caused for a tornado or high winds.

Preliminary reports from the weather service indicate that homes were damaged near the small community of St. Stephens, a few miles outside Jackson. Survey crews were planning to assess the damage on Monday.

Forecasters say more than 4 inches of rain has fallen in parts of the Alabama -- and the totals are continuing to climb.

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Arts & Life
5:54 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Forecasters Say Ala at Risk for Severe Weather

National Weather Service forecast for Central Alabama.

Forecasters say clashing weather systems are creating a chance for severe weather in Alabama.

The National Weather Service says severe storms with damaging winds, heavy rains and isolated tornadoes are possible Tuesday night into Wednesday.

The problem is an advancing cold front that's moving toward Alabama from the west. Forecasters say strong storms could develop as the cooler air meets with warm, moist flowing northward from the Gulf of Mexico.

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Arts & Life
7:33 am
Fri January 25, 2013

NWS Cancels Winter Weather Advisory for North Ala

A snapshot of the National Weather Service forecast for North Alabama.

Forecasters say the threat of freezing rain is over for most of north Alabama.

Temperatures are well above freezing in the Tennessee Valley, and the National Weather Service has canceled a freezing rain advisory for the region.

Forecasters say light coatings of ice are still possible in the east Alabama counties of Cherokee and Cleburne along the Georgia line. But any problems should be gone by mid-morning Friday.

Dozens of schools delayed opening as a precaution against slippery roads.

Arts & Life
7:56 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Freezing Rain Possible in North Alabama

Forecasters say north Alabama could be in for another round of wintry weather.

The National Weather Service says as much as one-quarter inch of freezing rain is possible across the Tennessee Valley and as far south as Sylacauga in eastern Alabama.

Forecasters have issued a freezing rain advisory in effect from midnight Thursday until 9 a.m. Friday.

The advisory includes the cities of Huntsville, Florence, Gadsden, Fort Payne, Anniston and parts of metro Birmingham.

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Arts & Life
7:35 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Temperatures to Continue Falling in Alabama

Temperatures are expected to plunge into the mid-20s early Wednesday morning across much of northern Alabama, with freezing temperatures forecast for the central part of the state.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service say arctic air is in place over much of the nation, and temperatures are expected to be well below average over the next week.

Low temperatures are expected to be around 23 degrees in Huntsville and around 27 degrees in the Birmingham area early Wednesday. In the Montgomery area, the low is expected to be around 31 degrees.

Arts & Life
6:41 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Ala Thawing Out From Snowy Blast

North and central Alabama are trying to get back to normal after a winter storm dumped as much as 4 inches of snow on the area.

Dozens of school systems, businesses and government offices planned to open late Friday to let roads thaw out after an overnight freeze. The delays extended from the Tennessee line as far south as metro Birmingham.

But many people won't forget about the storm for a while.

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Arts & Life
5:46 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Up to 4 Inches of Snow Possible in Parts of Ala.

Forecasters say they expect two to three inches of snow to accumulate in parts of Alabama, with some isolated amounts of up to four inches.

Much of the state -- including large parts of northern and central Alabama --- was under a winter storm warning Thursday morning.

National Weather Service officials said periods of heavy snow will be likely, with the heaviest snow falling Thursday morning.

The weather service said dangerous travel conditions would continue through Thursday morning, with the possibility of bridges and overpasses becoming snow and slush covered.

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Arts & Life
7:52 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Rains, Flooding Threat Continues in Alabama

A snapshot of today's forecast.

Rivers are rising and flooding continues to be a threat as rain keeps falling in Alabama.

A flood warning is in effect for most of northern and western Alabama, and a flood watch covers the rest of the region.

The National Weather Service says as much as 1 inch of additional rain could fall Wednesday, increasing flooding problems since the ground already is saturated with water.

Forecasters say the Flint River is more than a foot above flood level in Madison County, and the Paint Rock River is 2 feet above flood level in Jackson County and rising.

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Arts & Life
9:22 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Flooding, Wintry Precipitation Possible in Ala

The mix of heavy rains and colder temperatures is causing potential weather problems across Alabama.

The National Weather Service says persistent rains already have caused flash flooding in areas, and it has issued flood warnings for the Tennessee Valley region and west Alabama.

Some parts of north Alabama received up to 3 inches of rain quickly, and forecasters say additional rains will only increase runoff and cause more flooding.

There's a flood watch out for much of central Alabama.

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Arts & Life
6:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

NWS: Rainfall Totals of 5 Inches Possible in Ala

Get out an umbrella: Forecasters say the next few days will be soggy across Alabama.

The National Weather Service says parts of the state could see as much as 5 inches of rain between Friday and early next week, and some areas could receive even more rain in small downpours.

While forecasters aren't predicting severe weather, they say brief periods of heavy rain and strong, gusty winds are both possible. So are rising streams and rivers that could lead to flooding.

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Arts & Life
9:36 am
Wed December 26, 2012

High Winds Force Shutdown of Mobile Bay Ferry

The Mobile Bay Ferry service.
Mobile Press-Register

High winds have forced the shutdown of the ferry linking Dauphin Island with Alabama's main tourist beaches.

Mobile Bay Ferry operators said they had to suspend service on Wednesday because of gale-force winds.

The National Weather Service has issued a gale warning for the coast. Winds blowing to about 35 mph can churn up Mobile and make ferry operations hazardous.

The service should reopen on Thursday.

The ferry links the eastern end of Dauphin Island with the tip of Fort Morgan in Baldwin County.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.