Birmingham, expect some stormy and chilly weather this week. Warming station opening Dec. 17.

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Mayor Randall Woodfin greeting a visitor to the Warming Station at the BJCC on Christmas Day, 2017. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Be prepared Birmingham for  some good old fashion December weather “whiplash” beginning Monday and ending on Thursday morning.

According to the National Weather Service – Birmingham Office, starting Monday evening around 7:00p.m.  and ending early Tuesday morning at 1:00a.m., the Magic City may be in store for some  spring-like severe weather.

Since it is December, preparing for severe weather such as tornados, hail and high winds are usually not on the top of your “to do” list.  Take a  few minutes today to get ready for tonight’s potential stormy weather.

Visit – the National Weather Service’s Tornado Safety webpage for tips – HERE  – or  visit ReadyAlabama.gov 

From Storms to Freezing

Boutwell Auditorium warming station is open January 17, 2018.

Only in Alabama can you have nearly a 50 degree change in the weather over 12-16 hours.  On Tuesday night temperatures are expected to plunge to the sub-freezing.

As a result, the City of Birmingham has already announced that they are  opening a Warming Station at the Boutwell Auditorium on the nights of Tuesday, December 17 and Wednesday, December 18.

Remember, Boutwell Auditorium is located at 1930 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Boulevard. Boutwell  will operate from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on both nights.

Stay Tuned Locally

Photo from Ashley Gann’s Facebook page

Locally, all the local television stations are closely watching the wacky December weather.

Here are links to the local weather forecasts:

WBRC Fox 6
WVTM NBC 13
ABC 33/40
WIAT CBS 42

And of course – visit the National Weather Service- Birmingham Facebook page for updates too.


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