Dana Barker

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Flash Flooding Ongoing

Heavy rainfall early this morning led to flash flooding over parts of the area. The most concentrated area of flooding has occurred in southeastern Lee County, Ala. in and around Smiths Station. The Lee County Emergency Management Agency has reported…

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Wet End to Week, Rain Through Next Week Too

The wet, humid weather we’ve experienced to start the week will hang around through the weekend too. While it won’t be an all-day washout over any one area, and we’ll see peeks of sun between clouds…

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Nice Weekend, Just a Few Raindrops

After really the first week of pronounced warm conditions all spring, a nice first weekend of May is shaping up through the area. Highs will maintain into the 80s throughout the period with only a slight chance of a renegade…

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Warm Wednesday, Cooler End to Week

The cold weather from earlier in the week will be all but a distant memory today as highs reach into the lower to middle 80s. Breezy southwest winds of 10-20 mph will kick up ahead of…

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Chilly Monday but Warmup Ahead

After a weekend where most of the area saw beneficial heavy rainfall over 2 inches in most places, we dry out quickly for Monday. Temperatures started out very cold this morning in the upper 30s and…

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Beautiful End to Week, Severe Storms on Horizon

    Sunny skies will dominate the weather for the remainder of the week as high pressure takes control over the Southeast. High temperatures in the middle 70s today will approach the 80 degree mark on…

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Clearing Out, Warming Up

Lingering clouds and very light rain showers will give way to partial clearing by afternoon. With the added sunshine, temperatures will rise into the 68-72 degree range for most of the area for today’s highs. The…

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Sprinkles for Monday to Springlike Conditions Late Week

Today will feature scattered light rain showers with not much in the way of accumulation in rain gauges around the area. Temperatures will be held down with the clouds and rainfall with highs in the 65-70…

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Sprinkles to Start Week, Spring Fever to End It

After a mostly sunny and cool day, clouds will rapidly increase over the area tonight. Light rain will begin to fall from those clouds as early as the midnight hour over parts of the area, becoming…

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Dry Friday, Stormy Saturday, Chilly Sunday

TGIF! We’ll have one more dry day today ahead of a storm system gathering strength in the southern Plains states this morning. Under partly cloudy skies, highs will be in the 75-80 degree range through most…

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Mild Thursday, Warmer Friday, Storms Saturday?

After a cold start this morning with widespread 30s and some lower 40s, we will warm quickly as full-on April sunshine will propel temperatures a couple of degrees either side of the 70 degree mark for…

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Wet Wednesday Morning, Cool Wednesday Night

After some wet weather this morning, we’ll see partial clearing later this afternoon into the evening hours. With cold air filtering in behind the front, highs will be hard-pressed to reach the upper 60s to around…

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Cold Start to Week, Warmup Ahead

The last week of March will set out as a cold and raw one on Monday. Temperatures will be struggling into the lower to middle 50s with a cold northeast to easterly breeze all day. Patches…

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Severe Weather Possible Monday

All of the viewing area runs a risk of severe weather tomorrow, beginning in the early afternoon through the nighttime hours. Isolated supercell thunderstorms are possible in the early afternoon through early evening, capable of large hail to golfball size…

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Cold Week Ahead, Warmer by Next Weekend

After a rainy Sunday, conditions will slowly improve overnight. The rain should come to an end for the entire viewing area by midnight or shortly after. A cold front will barrel through the area before sunrise Monday, marked by winds…

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Beautiful Weekend; Early Week Rain Chances

A clear night is in store, albeit a cool one throughout the area. Temperatures will fall into the 30s to around 40 degrees by daybreak, with a light frost possible in some of the sheltered rural areas in the Chattahoochee…

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BEAUTIFUL BUT COOLER WEEKEND AHEAD

After some showers and windy conditions, tonight looks much cooler. We’ll bottom out below 50 degrees for the first time since February 9th tonight with decreasing clouds and will likely see lows in the 30s and…

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Brooke Kirchhofer

Brooke Kirchhofer is a Sports Anchor/Reporter for WLTZ, joining the team in July 2017. She comes from Humble, Texas, about 30 minutes north of Houston. She was born in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and moved to Texas when she was…

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Valley Man Dies from Apparent Lightning Strike

A Chambers County man died from an apparent lightning strike on Lake Harding Friday night. Toby Burrow, 34, of Valley was pronounced dead on arrival at East Alabama Medical Center at 9:35 PM CDT Friday from severe injuries suffered from…

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Showers and Storms Continue as Cindy Makes Landfall

Tropical Storm Cindy is nearing landfall tonight on the southwest Louisiana coast, with showers and thunderstorms occurring here locally. Her effects are being felt far from the center of circulation, however, with flooding rains and isolated tornadoes several hundred miles…

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Cindy to Impact Area with Heavy Rain and Storms

Tropical Storm Cindy strengthened Tuesday evening and is a strong tropical storm off the southwest Louisiana coast. She is expected to make landfall sometime Wednesday night near the Sabine River, which marks the border between Texas and Louisiana. Although the…

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Heavy Rainfall this Week; Eyeing the Tropics

Heavy rainfall will move through the area this week as potential Tropical Storm Cindy moves toward the central Gulf Coast. Rain will overspread the area from south to north Tuesday morning and last in waves until the storm moves away…

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Tropical Mischief Possible This Week; Rain Chances All Week

Warm, moist air will continue to reside over the area through the upcoming work week, with the possibility of a tropical system affecting our weather as well. A chance for showers and thunderstorms will accompany the moisture every day this…

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Chance of Storms Returns for Weekend, Next Week

A better chance for showers and thunderstorms returns to the forecast for this weekend into next week. Scattered showers and storms are expected to develop in the afternoon hours both Saturday and Sunday. Dads may be dodging raindrops in the…

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Humid End to Week, Scattered Storms Stick Around

The warm and humid weather, pretty typical for June all in all, will continue through the latter half of the week. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will again be possible for your Wednesday, with slightly better coverage into Thursday and Friday.…

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Muggy, Wet Week Continues, Warm For Father’s Day

Another warm and muggy day is in store for Tuesday. We may see more clouds than sun in the morning, but clouds will increase in the afternoon and give way to scattered showers and thunderstorms. Rain chances will stick around…

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Wet Work Week Ahead, Father’s Day Looking Warm

The rain-free weather has come to an end across the viewing area as the flow has returned from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing wet conditions for this week. Muggy conditions are here to stay through the work week, with chances…

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Dry End of Week, Storms Return For Weekend

A dry end to the work week is in store for Thursday and Friday. Under a mostly sunny sky, temperatures will rise to the middle and upper 80s for the end of the week. Lows will be comfortable, in the…

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Rainfall Ending; Drier and Cooler End to Week

Showers and thunderstorms will be likely for one more night tonight as a warm and very humid air mass resides over the area, with drier conditions expected later in the week. By Wednesday morning, however, a…

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Stormy Tuesday, Cooler and Drier End to Week

Scattered showers and thunderstorms to start your Tuesday will become more numerous as the day wears on. Tuesday will also mark the last full day of the likely rain chances, with a cold front set to move through on Wednesday.…

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Wet Week Ahead Forecast

A humid air mass will take up residence in the area through the first half of the work week. Showers and thunderstorms will be likely each day. While no severe weather is expected, storms may produce gusty winds, heavy rainfall,…

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Heavy Rain to Start Week; Cooler and Drier to End It

After some parts of the area saw heavy rainfall over the weekend, another in a series of impulses will approach the area Monday afternoon, bringing a renewed chance of showers and thunderstorms. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for…

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Week Ahead Forecast

Warmer weather is in store for the upcoming week. Highs will eclipse the 90 degree mark several days during the upcoming work week into the weekend. More humidity will creep in as well, with lows in the mid to upper…

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Week Ahead Weather – May 7, 2017

Skies will be clear throughout the area for the first part of the work week. After record cold conditions Friday, the warmup will continue with highs in the lower 80s on Monday, warming into the mid to upper 80s Tuesday…

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Work Week Weather Forecast

A cool start to the work week is ahead as clouds and isolated showers wrap around a departing low pressure that brought us the rainy conditions Sunday. After the low clears the area, temperatures will rebound in a hurry later…

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Weekend Forecast

Friday and Saturday will be two very warm days with highs in the middle to upper 80s. A cold front will move through the area Sunday, bringing a chance of showers and thunderstorms. No severe weather is anticipated. The front…

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Monday Night Forecast

High pressure that has been centered over the area for the past week or so will start to lose its grip a little as a stationary front washes out over northern Alabama and Georgia. The boundary will bring us slight…

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Week Ahead Weather Forecast

More of the same springlike weather will hold true across the area this week. Highs will be in the middle to upper 80s with lows either side of the 60 degree mark. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms enter…

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Week Ahead Weather Forecast

Spring will return in earnest this week across the Valley and the Plains. Highs for Monday will be in the lower 80s for most places under a sunny sky. Tuesday will be a bit warmer, with a small chance for…

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Your Monday Night Weather Forecast

The area is getting a brief respite from the severe weather tonight and tomorrow, with highs back in the 80s. All in all, Tuesday will be a beautiful spring day. Things will start to change in a hurry Tuesday night. The…

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Week Ahead Forecast

A progressive weather pattern will shape up over the area this week. Monday will feature mostly sunny skies for the majority of the day, although clouds will begin to increase tomorrow afternoon as a storm system…

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Week Ending Weather Forecast

Spring will hit the pause button on Thursday with highs struggling into the 60s over the area. Temperatures will warm back into the 70s into Friday and the weekend. A cold front and associated disturbance will…

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Midweek Weather Forecast

Mostly clear skies and mild conditions are in store tonight, with lows a couple of degrees either side of the 60 degree mark. We will have one more day in the lower 80s tomorrow with a…

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March 20 In Weather History – 1875

Many “old-timers” around both Columbus and Auburn would cite the tornado of April 18, 1953 as the strongest one to affect the local area. And while it is the strongest tornado to affect the city of…

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Monday Night Weather Forecast

A mild night is in store for the area tonight with lows in the middle to upper 50s. The warmest day so far this year is on tap for your Tuesday, with highs soaring into the middle 80s for most…

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Spring Break Week Ahead Weather Forecast

A pleasant Sunday night and Monday morning is in store with lows in the lower 40s for most areas. Temperatures will warm up quickly for your Monday with highs in the middle to upper 70s. Temperatures will top the 80…

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Cold Week Ahead!

A cold week is in store for the viewing area, even as some of us are on Spring Break this week. The weather will be anything but springlike, especially in the first half of the week. Clouds will thicken again…

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Wednesday Night Weather Forecast

A pleasant evening is in store for Wednesday night. Light winds and clear skies will provide the perfect conditions for radiational cooling to take full effect with lows in the 40s areawide. Thursday will be the warmest day out of…

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