The National Weather Service says despite a couple of strong storms this season, it appears Winter 2013-14 will end up in the normal range for Alabama. Birmingham Weather Service meteorologist Matt Anderson says, taken by itself, January was extremely cold. Anderson says the Weather Service is expecting drastically warmer temperatures in the next couple of weeks.
The winter storm that moved through the South left more than 8 inches of snow in parts of Alabama. The National Weather Service says the Jackson County town of Pisgah in northeast Alabama received more than 8 inches of snow by early Thursday morning. The weather service said parts of metro Huntsville got 7 inches of snow. Accumulations of 4 to 5 inches were common around the Birmingham area.
The head of the Alabama Emergency says timing, better forecasting and preparation helped the state avoid a repeat of the problems that occurred during a winter storm two weeks ago. Agency Director Art Faulkner says 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.
Winter weather is still is gripping the South, the massive storm knocked out power to a wide band of the region. From Texas to the Carolinas, roads are slick. Businesses and schools are closed and people are beginning to deal with the aftermath of the storm.
North Alabama is covered with snow and a thin layer of ice. A winter storm dropped as much as 3 inches of wintry precipitation in areas and forecasters say could be on the way. Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency, and many school systems are closed.
Alabama's governor is taking no chances as a winter storm hits the state this morning. Robert Bentley has urged schools in the storm's path to close today and for drivers to avoid unnecessary travel. A statewide state of emergency went into effect this morning at 6 a.m. The Department of Transportation said road crews have treated interstates in Birmingham and across north Alabama to combat ice. Also, the Alabama National Guard is on standby status at several locations to assist with clearing roads. The winter storm has prompted officials in Chilton County to delay the start of school
Schools in northeast Alabama are calling off classes because of the threat of wintry weather. Officials say all Calhoun County schools are shutting down Tuesday and so are schools in Boaz and Piedmont. Huntsville schools will open late. Other education officials, government offices and businesses are still deciding how to hand the possibility of travel problems. The forecast isn't clear how are south freezing precipitation might extend and a second wave of ice and snow could come through Tuesday night.
Another winter storm is headed for north Alabama, forecasters say they're expecting a major winter storm in the Tennessee Valley region along with snow and freezing rain in north central Alabama this week. Forecasters are expecting snow and sleet from 3 p.m. today to noon Tuesday. Forecasters are expecting between 2 and 4 inches of snow in parts of north Alabama. Meanwhile, rain will dominate the forecast for central and south Alabama at least through Wednesday.
Alabama's chief justice has gotten involved in the national gay marriage debate. Roy Moore has asked all 50 governors to get their legislatures to call for a convention to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizing only between a man and a woman. Moore is best known for fighting to display the Ten Commandments in the state judicial building on Dexter Avenue.
The College of Business at Alabama State University is providing free tax preparation to area tax payers this year. The annual service is open to those who make less than $50,000 annually, but may vary depending on your situation. Dr. Dave Thompson, Director of the Masters of Accountancy Program at ASU, said the process is simple and he urges tax payers to bring all necessary materials. The free service is available in the College of Business room 112 each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. now through April 12th.