RADAR CHECK: Large patches of light rain continue across much of Alabama this afternoon… some sleet was even in the mix over the northwest part of the state this afternoon where the air is colder. Temperatures are mostly in the 40s… the average high for Birmingham on March 2 is 63. Rain will end from west to east tonight, but clouds will linger.
WARMER DAYS AHEAD: The sky becomes mostly sunny tomorrow as a nice punch of dry air arrives… the high will be in the 61-65 degree range. Thursday will be another sunny day with a high between 67 and 71. Some clouds will creep into the state Friday, but the day will stay dry with a high in the upper 60s. A disturbance will bring the chance of some sprinkles to the state Friday night, but moisture will be very limited, and rain amounts (if any) will be very light and spotty.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A few sprinkles are possible Saturday morning, otherwise the sky becomes partly sunny with a high in the low 60s. Sunday will feature sunshine in full supply with a high in the mid 60s. Sunday morning will be chilly with a low in the mid 30s… it is possible colder pockets could see a light freeze.
NEXT WEEK: The weather continues to look quiet with an upper ridge building over the eastern third of the nation. A few isolated showers could show up at some point late in the week, but for now we see no high impact weather events for Alabama for the next seven to ten days. Highs will be in the 60s Monday and Tuesday, with 70s over the latter half of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 2012: Twelve tornadoes touched down in Alabama, including one EF-2 in Tallapoosa and Chambers counties that killed one person. This large multiple-vortex tornado crossed Lake Martin near the beginning of its path before passing near Jackson’s Gap, Eagle Creek, and Trammel Crossroads. Several homes sustained significant damage, and multiple mobile homes were completely destroyed. One mobile home frame was wrapped completely around a tree trunk. Thousands of trees were snapped and uprooted along the path.
In the Tennessee Valley, an EF-3 tornado tore through parts of Limestone and Madison counties. This tornado first moved through multiple subdivisions near Athens, with roofs torn off homes, windows and garage doors blown out, exterior walls damaged, and garages collapsed. The tornado then caused major roof and exterior wall damage to homes in and around Harvest. Homes at the north edge of Meridianville had their roofs torn off, a metal shed was severely damaged, a concrete power pole was snapped, and buildings at Meridianville Middle School sustained roof damage. The most intense damage occurred near Hazel Green, where several homes had roofs torn off and walls collapsed, and three were reduced to rubble.
ON THIS DATE IN 2020: One year ago today, and into the pre-dawn hours of the following day (March 2-3, 2020) ten tornadoes touched down across the state of Tennessee. The two strongest and most damaging tornadoes were an EF-3 tornado that tracked over 60 miles across the Nashville metro area eastward to Smith County, as well as an even stronger EF-4 tornado that caused severe damage in central Putnam County between Baxter and Cookeville, TN. A total of 25 people died, and hundreds more were injured.
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