BIG THAW: The bitterly cold Arctic air will be scoured out of the contiguous U.S. this week thanks to an upper air pattern change over North America. In Alabama, temperatures rise into the 50s today, 60s tomorrow, and then we will be in the 67-74 degree range over the latter half of the week. All of the remaining snow and ice over the northwest corner of the state will melt away.
TURNING WET: The weather will stay dry today, and tomorrow we have just the risk of a few isolated showers… most of the day will stay rain-free. But a very wet period begins for Alabama Wednesday. We will have occasional rain and a few thunderstorms on a daily basis Wednesday through Saturday. Rain could be heavy a times along the way, and a few flooding issues can’t be ruled out as rain totals of 3-5 inches are expected across most of the state.
A few strong thunderstorms will be possible over the southern counties; a “marginal risk” of severe storms has been introduced by SPC for Wednesday across Washington, Mobile, and Baldwin counties of Southwest Alabama.
Heavier thunderstorms across Southwest Alabama Wednesday afternoon/night could produce strong gusty winds.
Dry air returns to Alabama on Sunday, with a partly sunny sky along with highs in the 50s, right at seasonal levels for late January.
NEXT WEEK: For now much of the week (January 29-February 2) looks dry with highs mostly in the 50s, and lows in the 30s. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1904: An estimated F4 tornado leveled the northern part of Moundville just after midnight, killing 37 people. The tornado reportedly had a phosphorescent glow.
An engineer on a northbound Great Southern train saw the destruction right after it occurred, and backed his train 12 miles in reverse to the town of Akron, where he sent a telegram for help. An infant was snatched from its crib in the lower part of town and hurled through the air. It was airborne as it passed over the demolished stores. It was deposited uninjured in an old cotton field more than 100 yards away.Everything in the tornado path was swept aside including heavily laden freight cars standing on the tracks. The tornado sucked heavy timbers from the rain cars and scattered them nearby.
Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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