COLD START: Temperatures are at or below freezing across North/Central Alabama this morning, and in the 35-40 degree range across the southern counties of the state. With sunshine in full force today, we expect a nice warmup with a high between 58 and 68 degrees this afternoon. Some South Alabama communities could reach the low 70s.
Tomorrow will be another sunny, pleasant day with highs in the 60s and low 70s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weekend begins with dry, pleasant day Saturday with a high in the 65-75 degree range. Clouds will increase late in the day, and wet weather returns Sunday with occasional rain. The air will be cool and stable, so there is no risk of severe storms, and probably very little thunder. In fact, the latest model data suggests North Alabama will hold in the 40s all day with clouds and rain.
Some lingering light rain is possible Monday… rain totals for the event will likely be in the 1/2 to one inch range.
REST OF NEXT WEEK: For now the rest of next week looks dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s and 60s. Rain will likely return at some point over the following weekend (February 10-11)… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1955: Seen first as a “well-defined cone-shaped funnel” over the Mississippi River, this F3 tornado cut a path from Commerce Landing to Clark in northeastern Mississippi. This tornado killed 20 and injured at least 141 individuals. Most of the deaths were in a plantation school.
ON THIS DATE IN 1996: A winter storm moved into the Deep South. A period of freezing rain followed by light snow brought traffic to a complete standstill across North Alabama. Ice accumulations up to 1 inch downed numerous trees and caused power outages. A number of chicken houses in the northern part of the state collapsed under the weight of the ice and snow. Ice and snow accumulations varied widely with some of the highest amounts reported in the 1 to 3 inch range.
Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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