CALMER DAY: The cold front that brought showers and storms to Alabama yesterday has moved out of the state, and today will be drier and cooler. With a partly to mostly sunny sky, we project a high in the 65-70 degree range this afternoon. The average high for Birmingham on April 7 is 73.
Tomorrow will be a windy, cooler day with cloudy periods and a chance of widely scattered showers over the northern third of the state. The high will be in the 56-62 degree range, and a brisk west wind of 12-25 mph will make it feel cooler.
FROST/FREEZE THREAT OVER THE WEEKEND: Temperatures will drop well down in the 30s early Saturday and Sunday morning, with potential for widespread frost over the northern third of the state. Colder pockets will see a freeze as they drop into the 26-32 degree range. Growers will need to monitor temperature forecasts and take needed precautions to protect plants and tender vegetation.
Otherwise, the weekend will feature a good supply of sunshine as dry air covers the state. The high Saturday will be around 60 degrees, followed by low to mid 70s Sunday as a warming trend begins.
NEXT WEEK: The main risk of severe storms for the first half of next week will be west of Alabama; SPC has defined a severe weather risk for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Around here, moisture levels will rise, and a few showers and storms are possible on a daily basis Monday through Wednesday. A cold front will bring a more organized band of rain and storms in here Thursday; too early to know if severe thunderstorms will be an issue. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
RAIN UPDATE: Here are rain totals since the first of the year, and the departure from average…
Huntsville 23.88″ (+7.41″)
Birmingham 23.86″ (+7.16″)
Tuscaloosa 20.97″ (+4.81″)
Muscle Shoals 20.87″ (+5.23″)
Anniston 19.50″ (+3.26″)
Montgomery 17.59″ (+1.98″)
Mobile 13.31″ (-3.41″)
Dothan 13.29″ (-2.05″)
ON THIS DATE IN 1980: Severe thunderstorms spawned tornadoes that ripped through central Arkansas. The severe thunderstorms also produce high winds and baseball size hail. Five counties were declared disaster areas by President Carter. A tornado causing F3 damage also affected St. Louis and St. Charles counties in Missouri producing $2.5 million in damage.
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