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December 20, 2013

NJN/am for Friday, December 20

It's Friday, and the start of the Christmas holidays – stay safe if you're headed out of town...

Weather: Could get ugly. The National Weather Service has become a bit more aggressive in their forecast of the storm system over the weekend. They are now forecasting that a squall line will enter Alabama late Saturday night, possibly as early as 9 p.m., and move across the state in the overnight hours. As of now, it looks like the line will reach the metro Birmingham area around 3 or 4 a.m. on Sunday. The Storm Prediction Center has posted a slight risk for severe weather for our area, but a moderate risk for Saturday afternoon in an area basically along the Mississippi River in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. The main threat will be severe thunderstorms with damaging straight-line winds, but there's now a better chance for the formation of a few supercell storms ahead of the line, which could produce isolated tornadoes. Because of the timing of this system to hit overnight, you're strongly advised to have a NOAA Weather Radio that can wake you up if warnings are issued. The system should exit our area before church begins Sunday morning. As for today, we'll see cloudy skies with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon and highs in the middle 60s. Rain chances increase tonight and tomorrow, with lows tonight in the upper 50s and highs Saturday near records levels for the date in the middle 70s. Temps cool off as the storm system passes, with highs on Monday only reaching the lower 50s.

Looking good. The city of Pinson's audit for the previous fiscal year is complete, and the numbers show increased tax revenue for the year compared to the previous one. Auditors presented their report during Thursday night's city council meeting, and said that the city finances are in good shape with no irregularities. The council also heard from the firm designing the new Pinson City Park, and tweaked plans for the disc golf course, playground and splash pad there.

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