SUNNY BUT COLD: Temperatures are finally above freezing from Birmingham and I-20 south this afternoon, but we still have upper 20s over the northern third of the state. Tonight will feature a mostly clear sky with a low in the 15-25 degree range for most places.
REST OF THE WEEK: Clouds move in tomorrow as temperatures rise into the 40s by afternoon. Light rain is likely tomorrow afternoon into tomorrow night; for now it looks like any “winter mischief” (freezing rain/sleet) will stay in Tennessee this time. Then, another surge of Arctic air begins to arrive Friday as highs drop into the 30s and 40s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Lows will be in the teens again both Saturday and Sunday morning. Colder spots could see single digit lows over North Alabama early Saturday. The weekend will be dry with a sunny sky both days; the northern half of Alabama will stay below freezing all day Saturday, with mid 30s for South Alabama. Then, highs return to the 40s Sunday.
NEXT WEEK: A pattern flip means much warmer weather for the Deep South and the contiguous U.S. We will be dry Monday, but the rest of the week looks fairly wet with periods of rain daily Tuesday through Friday. Highs will be generally in the 50s Monday and Tuesday, followed by 60s Wednesday through Friday.
And, it looks like temperatures will remain above average around here through the end of January. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1982: Strong chinook winds caused severe wind damage in Boulder, Colorado. A wind gust of 118 mph was recorded on the roof of the Environmental Research Laboratories (ERL), and a wind gust of 137 mph was measured atop the roof of the NCAR building
ON THIS DATE IN 1999: An F4 tornado tracked across southern Jacksonville, Tennessee, damaging more than 200 homes and 55 buses. The storm killed six people and injured 106.
ON THIS DATE IN 2013: One to three inches fell across the northern half of Alabama, with locally higher amounts of 4 to 5 inches also reported. Thundersnow, a very rare occurrance here in the South, was observed with the heaviest snow band as it moved across Tuscaloosa, Walker, Jefferson, and St Clair Counties.
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