The National Weather Service on Friday afternoon issued a tropical storm watch for several Central and West Alabama counties. This watch includes Tuscaloosa County.

Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday issued a statewide State of Emergency in anticipation of the potential impacts for Tropical Storm Nate. According to the National Hurricane Center, Nate is expected to reach the northern Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane when it makes landfall on Sunday morning. This storm is expected to bring direct impacts from wind, storm surge and heavy rain.

The possibility of high winds and rain from Hurricane Irma has prompted a number of area schools to announce closings for Monday, Sept. 11.

Wednesday’s forecast does not look good for much of Alabama, with several counties expected to see some form of severe weather. As a result, many area schools are opting to close for the day. Storms began making their way into West Alabama in the wee hours on Wednesday, bringing torrential rain, lightning and high winds. A tornado watch was issued for Tuscaloosa County until 9 p.m.

Governor Robert Bentley declared a statewide State of Emergency for severe weather in Alabama on Wednesday.

School and Business Closings on Wednesday, April 5:

Tuscaloosa City Schools

Tuscaloosa County Schools and County Offices

Holy Spirit School & Preschool

American Christian Academy

Tuscaloosa Academy

University of Alabama

Shelton State Community College

Stillman College

The Tuscaloosa Public Library

Heads up, Tuscaloosa and Northport (and surrounding areas): We could be in for some rough weather in coming hours. March is, apparently, living up to the adage "In like a lion."

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for our area, effective until 6 p.m. As of 1 p.m., the timeline for West Alabama appeared to be between 1 and 5 p.m. The strongest of the storms may bring damaging winds, hail and the possibility of a few "brief" tornadoes.

We’re smack in the middle of winter, but you wouldn’t know it. It’s warm. Very warm. And those of us who know Alabama weather know what that can mean: storms. Unfortunately, it looks like we are in for a couple of rounds of severe weather in the Tuscaloosa area on Saturday and Sunday. Storms could begin making their way into West Alabama in the wee hours on Saturday.

A layer of snow and ice continued to cause travel issues throughout West Alabama – and much of the state, on Saturday afternoon. Temperatures did not climb above freezing, meaning many area roadways remain dangerously slick or impassible entirely.

Emergency officials spent much of the day responding to accidents and stranded motorists, and continued to recommend that everyone stay put if at all possible.

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FYI: By now you’ve no doubt heard about the possibility of wintry weather here in our area, but it does seem like the confidence is increasing that it will actually happen.

The National Weather Service’s latest forecast suggests Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas will get up to two inches of snow between Friday and Saturday morning. In addition, and perhaps more concerning, is the possibility of sleet accumulations south of I-20. We are under a Winter Weather Advisory in Tuscaloosa County from 6 a.m. on Friday to 9 a.m. on Saturday.

It hasn’t rained in weeks here in Tuscaloosa and Northport (or anywhere else for that matter), and currently there’s no significant rain in the immediate forecast here in West Alabama. Our drought is worsening, prompting state officials to take action on Tuesday – placing Tuscaloosa County and 17 other counties under drought emergency status level – the most severe drought declaration.

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