Man what a week! No snow in Anniston, then Leonard Nimoy passing away, then government officials in Alabama being corrupt, it’s been a very tough week! So last night, to combat getting shafted in Anniston by getting no snow, I recorded my very own Frozen parody! The song is called “Let It Rain” and it features me talking about not getting any snow, and me wanting to take revenge on Mother Nature. Yep, if you need a laugh this Friday, watch this below!
Today NE Alabama and NW Georgia has another threat of winter weather. And I think we will see temps stay below 32 or freezing for a longer time. For most areas, you won’t see temps above 32 degrees before 6 am Saturday morning. For the more extreme areas of NE Alabama like Fort Payne, Rainsville, Scottsboro. And the more extreme areas of NW Georgia like Layfayette, Summerville, and Trenton, you might not see temps above freezing until around 10 am Saturday morning.
So, I am putting out this call map below of the conditions and weather you might see in your area in NE Alabama and NW Georgia. For starters, this is nothing like the January 2014 snow event! Yes, you might see some roads begin to ice over, but most roads should still be passable. And by Saturday morning, all roads will be just wet. I would not travel tonight unless you have too! If you must travel, slow down and take longer to get to your destination!
Most areas will see some snow and ice accumulations. And the map below will not be in straight lines. Your area might see snow and/or ice on the ground, while the next town 5 miles down the road might see nothing! There should not be enough ice and snow accumulations to cause power outages, but roads might become icy! So below, here is the Geek Alabama call map for the February 20-21 winter weather threat!
Even though Alabama has a Winter weather threat today. The weekend will be warm enough to have you go out and purchase supplies to get you ready for severe weather!
This weekend from Friday February 20th to Sunday February 22nd is a very important weekend in Alabama. This is the weekend to go to your local retailers to stock on items that can get you prepared for severe weather. If you live in Alabama, you know what we have gone through in weather. We have had the horrible tornado outbreak on April 27th 2011. And we have had major snowstorms, hurricanes, flooding, wind storms, big hail, heat waves, cold waves, and everything you can think of when it comes to extreme weather. Alabama experiences some of the most diverse weather in the world. And YOU are responsible for being prepared if you are without power and water for a week or more. You are also responsible for having supplies ready if you have to evacuate.
After the governor formed the Tornado Recovery Action Council; one of the recommendations was to hold a sales tax holiday for supplies to get ready for severe weather. And right now you can go to a retailer or shop online to get your supplies.
Some cities and counties are also participating in the sales tax holiday. The first thing everyone should have in their homes is a weather radio. You should have several ways to get a weather warning. For me I have a weather radio, alerts through my phone, TV, weather siren nearby, and the internet including social media. Some people still relies solely on an outdoor weather siren for weather warnings which should NEVER be done. You need to have multiple ways to get the warning. Weather radios are not very expensive to get and you can program them using the SAME codes. Click on the link to find your county.
Here is also a great video on how to program your SAME code into your weather radio.
Everyone should also prepare an emergency kit for everyone in your family. We all keep hearing these reports of people waiting for the government to come rescue them. But YOU are responsible for getting the supplies ready to be without help for several days. You should have enough emergency supplies on hand for each person for up to 72 hours after a disaster has struck.
No one can come help you immediately after the disaster has struck. It takes time for rescuers to reach the area that was severely damaged. So what do you need in your disaster kit? You need a first aid kit, flashlight, batteries, a battery-powered or hank crank radio, enough water for each person for three days, portable or canned food, fully charged cell phone, cash, extra medication, whistle, bleach, trash bags, fire extinguisher, masks, and a generator. For a list of even more suggestions for your emergency kit click on the link below.
Here is a great video of the stuff that you need in an emergency kit.
For a list of cities and counties participating in the sales tax holiday click on the link.
Here is a list of the items you can buy sales tax-free during the 2015 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. ($60 or less per item or generators under $1000)
- AAA-cell batteries
- AA-cell batteries
- C-cell batteries
- D-cell batteries
- 6-volt batteries
- 9-volt batteries
- Cellular phone battery
- Cellular phone charger
- Portable self-powered or battery-powered radio, two-way radio, weatherband radio or NOAA weather radio
- Portable self-powered light source, including battery-powered flashlights, lanterns, or emergency glow sticks
- Plastic sheeting
- Plastic drop cloths
- Other flexible, waterproof sheeting
- Ground anchor system, such as bungee cords or rope, or tie-down kit
- Duct tape
- Plywood, window film or other materials specifically designed to protect window coverings
- Non-electric food storage cooler or water storage container
- Non-electric can opener
- Artificial ice
- Blue ice
- Ice packs
- Reusable ice
- Self-contained first aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Smoke detector
- Carbon monoxide detector
- Gas or Diesel fuel tank or container
Please get ready for the upcoming Spring severe weather season! The last time we had a very active Winter, we had the April 27th, 2011 tornado outbreak. There is no telling if this Spring will be active like the 2011 Spring severe weather season, but you never know! Get prepared! Learn more about the tax-free weekend at: http://revenue.alabama.gov/news/02172015.pdf
Well, I was ready to post something big about the upcoming winter storm that was going to effect north Alabama on Monday and Tuesday. But I decided to wait, and look at the models more. And while other sites posted things like getting prepared for the upcoming winter storm, and plenty of content showing you what would happen, the weather models began a dramatic turn to the north.
So what does this mean? Most of Alabama is going to get a cold rain! No snow, no ice, no sleet, a cold rain! Yes, some areas in the far north of Alabama could maybe see a short period of freezing rain, sleet, or snow, but it should not be enough to cause problems. And the rain might be heavy at times! I would not be surprised to see some thunderstorms on Monday night, how about that for Alabama weather!
So, here is my call map. Sorry Winter weather fans! Maybe having one Winter without any major Winter weather events will not kill ya! I think most folks would be happy going one Winter season without any ice or snow down here in Alabama. But, we still have the rest of February and March to see if we get any Winter weather, so Winter is not over yet!