West Alabama Tuesday Briefing
It is Tuesday December 26, 2023. With Christmas in the rearview mirror most of our thoughts now turn to the Rose Bowl and the Crimson Tide's New Year's Day College Football Playoff game against Michigan.
It looks like the weather both here and Pasadena for New Year's Day will be similar, rainy. The difference is it is expected to be about 10-degrees warmer on the West Coast. But there is a disclaimer, with the game still just under a week away the forecast could change, both here and there, several times.
We will continue to update you on Pasadena's weather for both the game and the famous Rose Parade that precedes it. Of course, the Million Dollar Band will be marching in the parade as will the Albertville High School Marching Band.
Before we get to New Years there is some weather in the forecast that has a lot of people overreacting. Just the mere mention of snow has set off social media. But there is no need to run to the store for bread and milk. The forecast is for only flurries and snow showers from Tuscaloosa northward. What you have to remember is the snow will be light, the ground and air temperatures relatively warm and no accumulation is expected.
The current official forecast for Friday calls for sunny skies Friday, so that means there is not confidence at the National Weather Service that the snow potential will make it into West Alabama.
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west after midnight.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
Weekend: Sunny days and mostly clear nights with highs in the mid to upper 50s and lows in the low to mid 30s.
Holiday gatherings have helped trigger a precipitous uptick in respiratory illnesses in Alabama, Mississippi and six other states. The Alabama Hospitals Association is reporting a 46% jump in the number of emergency room visits with COVID10, RSV and Flu viruses.
According to ADPH COVID cases have increased dramatically in other states but not Alabama. The most threatening viruses in Alabama are Flu and RSV.
The upward trend is expected to continue with more large New Years holiday gatherings still ahead.
According to a Facebook post, Bibb County Schools will provide free breakfast and lunch to all students beginning January 4, 2024.
Child Nutrition Program Director Karie Jane Davis says in the past, families could sign up for free and reduced priced meals, but now, no family will have to pay for food.
The meals are possible through the USDA’s Community Eligibility Provision. Davis says the school district will be reimbursed by the federal government for the meals.
If you are ready to discard your live Christmas tree you can do it beginning today and running through January 6th. Take your tree to the Curry Environmental Services Building. Just be sure to remove all ornaments and lights first.
The U.S. Congress adjourned for the holidays without dealing one of the most controversial and critical issues facing the country, massive legal and illegal immigration at the southern border.
Mobile Republican Rep. Jerry Carl (1st District) told CBS news every time he conducts a town hall the issue of most concern is "the mess at the border." Carl points out that the United States is wrapping up a third straight year of record illegal immigration. 2.3 million have entered the country so far this year and Carl says the Biden Administration has no clue who they are and their intent in coming to this country.
"Border security is national security," says Carl, "and I will not stop fighting to get the Biden Border Crisis under control."
The Alabama Football Team boarded a Delta Charter this morning at Tuscaloosa National for a flight to Los Angeles to get ready for the Rose Bowl game Monday. The Tide will arrive at LAX at 12:35pm Pacific Standard Time and conducted their first onsite practice later this afternoon.
Bryce Young recorded the first 300-yard passing game of his career for the Carolina Panthers and led a comeback from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit on Sunday. But the Green Bay Packers pulled out a 33-30 victory on a field goal with 19 seconds to play.
Former Bama and Cleveland Receiver Amari Cooper reached 1,000 receiving yards for the seventh time in his NFL career with the most productive game in the league this season. He tallied 265 yards and two touchdowns in the Brown's 36-22 win over Houston.
Jaylen Waddle's 50-yard touchdown pass reception from Tua Sunday made him only the ninth player in NFL history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons.
There is less than a week left in 2023. Let's end the year on a high note by having the best week yet. ROLL TIDE!!