COLD START: Here are some temperatures across Alabama just before daybreak:
Tuckers Chapel (Cherokee County) 23
Fort Payne 24
Muscle Shoals 29
Today will be another sunny day with highs mostly in the 50s, but the Tennessee Valley will hold in the 40s this afternoon. Tonight will feature a freeze all the way down to I-10; look for 20s over North/Central Alabama early tomorrow, with low 30s for the southern counties. It will be the coldest morning of the week.
Tomorrow will be a sunny day with highs in the 50s and 60s, and the day Thursday will be dry with most of the state reaching the 60s by afternoon. Clouds will increase late in the day, and rain is likely across Alabama late Thursday night into Friday morning. For now it looks like the main window for rain will come from about midnight Thursday night through 12:00 noon Friday. Clouds linger Friday afternoon with highs in the 60s.
THE WEEKEND: We will deal with more rounds of rain over the weekend. The weekend won’t be a total washout, but occasional rain is likely, and the rain cold be heavy at times, especially over South Alabama. A few thunderstorms are possible, but for now severe storms look unlikely. Highs will be in the mid to upper 60s both days.
South Alabama has potential for 3-5 inches of rain through Sunday night, with 1-3 inches over the northern half of the state. Very beneficial considering the ongoing drought.
NEXT WEEK: Models are in poor agreement concerning Monday; we will maintain the chance of some lingering rain, but the rest of the week looks dry with seasonal temperatures. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet, and hurricane season ends Thursday.
ON THIS DATE IN 1921: New England was in the midst of a four-day ice storm, their worst of record. Ice was more than three inches thick in many places following the storm, and property damage was in the millions of dollars. Northern New England received heavy snow with more than two feet reported in some areas. Overnight freezing rains continued through the day at Worcester, MA while the wind increased to a gale. Streets become impassable even on foot, and whole towns were plunged into darkness without communication.
ON THIS DATE IN 1988: An F4 tornado moved across five North Carolina counties with an 83 mile track. Four people were killed, and 154 were injured.
ON THIS DATE IN 2005: Six tornadoes touched down across Alabama; all were rated either EF0 or EF1. In Jefferson County, short lived tornadoes touched down near Corner/Bagley, and Concord.
Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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