CALMING DOWN: The big mass of precipitation that brought rain, sleet, and snow to Alabama last night has mostly moved out of the state… the exception is the southeast corner of the state where a tornado watch remains in effect for Geneva and Houston counties until 8a CT. Storms there will be over by mid-morning.
Today will be cloudy and cold over the northern half of the state with temperatures holding in the mid to upper 30s north of U.S. 278… with 40s for the central counties, and 50s to the south. The day will be mostly dry, although some patchy drizzle is possible. A few snow flurries are possible this afternoon and tonight down to I-20, but no impact is expected.
TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Morning clouds will give way to a mostly sunny afternoon tomorrow; highs will be in the 30s over the northern quarter of the state, with 40s for Central Alabama, and 50s over the southern counties. Saturday morning will feature a significant freeze with a low in the 16-24 degree range. Then, a welcomed warming trend begins. Look for a good supply of sunshine Saturday and Sunday with a high in the mid 50s Saturday, followed by low 60s Sunday.
NEXT WEEK: A disturbance could bring a few light rain showers to the state Monday morning, otherwise most of the week looks dry and mild with highs in the 60s and lows mostly in the upper 30s and 40s. Some light rain is possible Friday (February 25), but we see no high impact events for the state for the next seven to ten days as the pattern looks much calmer. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
LAST NIGHT’S SNOW: Snow amounts of 2-5 inches were reported across Northwest Alabama, across counties like Madison, Limestone, Morgan, Lauderdale, Cobert, Lawrence, Marion, and Winston. In some places the snow changed to rain washing some of the snow away.
ON THIS DATE IN 1992: A thunderstorm spawned an unusually strong F4 tornado for so far north for the time of the year in southern Van Wert County in Ohio. The tornado touched down just west of US Route 127 and traveled northeastward for about 3 miles. One house was completely leveled, and nine others experienced severe damage. Six people were injured.
ON THIS DATE IN 2009: A long lived supercell thunderstorm moved from Sumter County eastward to Montgomery County. Damage along the path was the result of straight line winds; localized areas received winds up to 70 mph. Minor to moderate damage was discovered in Sumter, Greene, Hale, Perry, and Dallas Counties. The damage was generally confined to shallow rooted trees and weaker structures. The storm also produced a swath of large hail. The hail covered the ground in many places and was golf ball to baseball size.
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