It is Tuesday January 23, 2024. There is moisture on the ground this morning and thank goodness it is not frozen. It is mostly light rain falling across West Alabama but there is heavier precipitation ahead.

Beginning tomorrow, rain could be heavy at times, and a FLASH FLOOD WATCH has been issued for areas north of a line from York to Brent to Calera to Sylacauga to Spring Garden. The watch begins tomorrow afternoon and runs through Thursday evening. Locally heavy rainfall is possible due to likelihood of slow- moving or training thunderstorms. 2 to 4 inches of rainfall is forecast across the watch area, with locally higher amounts of 5-6 inches possible.

Remember to follow the flood safety precaution, "Turn Around, Don't Drown."

Several rounds of rain and a few storms are expected through the weekend. While a few strong thunderstorms are possible, any severe weather activity is expected to remain in extreme South Alabama.

Things are expected to dry out next week with seasonable temperatures.

The Forecast:

Today: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Southeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight: Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 58. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 70. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Wednesday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 63. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Thursday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 71. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Thursday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

The Weekend: Showers and thunderstorms will end Saturday afternoon with a high near 68 and low in mid 40s. Sunday should be partly cloudy to mostly cloudy. Temperatures will cool off with a high of 56 and low of 35 Sunday.


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Topping the News:

The Northport City Council will consider allocating funds for four major upgrades in the city. A vote to allocate funds for improvements at Hasson Center, Civitan Park, United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama building and the Northport Community Center. is expected at tonight's council meeting at 5:30pm.

If the $500,000 allocation is passed, plans will be developed to identify specific needs at each site.


 

Water issues resulting from last week's sub-freezing temperatures are over in most West Alabama communities. Two major exceptions are Oakman in Walker County and Hamilton in Marion County.

The Oakman outage has impacted several dozen homes in extreme northern Tuscaloosa County and several hundred more in eastern Fayette County. Water is being supplied until service is completely restored this week.

In Hamilton, seven large watermain breaks across the city and a malfunction, which included calcification of chemicals used in the water treatment process, caused water tanks to be emptied.

ADEM claims most water outages have resulted from residential pipes breaking and draining water tanks.


 

The independent presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will make a stop in Tuscaloosa tomorrow. The son of the late U.S. Attorney General and Senator Robert F. Kenndy and nephew of slain U.S. President John F. Kenndy will appear on the University of Alabama campus.

The event will be at the Sellers Auditorium at the Bryant Conference Center, with doors opening at noon. The program begins at 1:00pm.


 

More information is now available about that multiple shooting in Buhl over the weekend.

The men accused of killing one person and injuring three others at a party in Tuscaloosa County this weekend were allegedly "beaten up" and left the party before coming back with guns, according to court documents filed Monday.

The killing, the first homicide investigated in Tuscaloosa County this year, took place at an events venue in Buhl.

Police say three men - Jarrett Tyler Booth, Zachary Tyler Smith and Dallas Eugene Clark - shot up the party around 3 a.m. Sunday and killed Cayden "Beau" Nolen, whose family is raising funds for his funeral expenses.



 

In Sports:

The Alabama Men's Basketball Team will face a tough challenge tomorrow night in an effort to bounce back from Saturday's embarrassing blowout at 5th ranked Tennessee. The 8th ranked Auburn Tigers bring their 16-2 overall record to town.

Tide Coach Nate Oats blames lack of effort among a number of problems that led UA's first SEC loss of the season. Now they face a powerful Auburn team at Coleman Coliseum.

The game is slated for tipoff at 6:30 p.m. CT and will air on the Crimson Tide Sports Network on Tide 10.9 and ESPN.


 

Have a terrific Tuesday!!

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