Nice Warm-Up Today; Rain Returns Tomorrow : The Alabama Weather Blog3 min read
ANOTHER COLD START: Temperatures are below freezing again this morning across much of Northeast Alabama, and we are seeing mid to upper 30s all the way to far South Alabama. But, with a good supply of sunshine we expect a nice warm-up today as temperatures rise to near 70 degrees this afternoon. Clouds will move in tonight ahead of a cold front.
That front will bring rain to the state tomorrow along with a few thunderstorms. SPC maintains a “slight risk” (level 2/5) of severe thunderstorms south of a line from Grove Hill to Georgiana to Dothan, with a “marginal risk” as far north as Moundville, Calera, and Wedowee.
The main risk of strong to severe storms will be south of U.S. 84 across far South Alabama, where the air will be unstable ahead of the front tomorrow afternoon. The main threat will come from strong winds, although an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out. For North Alabama, temperatures will go the wrong way as cold air rushes in after the frontal passage. Temperatures will fall from the low 60s during the morning, through the 50s, and into the 40s by mid to late afternoon.
Rain amounts will be around one inch tomorrow, with isolated heavier amounts.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: While a few showers could linger near the Gulf Coast Saturday, the weekend will be dry for most of the state with sunny cool days and fair cold nights. Temperatures early Saturday will drop into the low to mid 30s, and a freeze is likely early Sunday for most of the state with lows generally in the 22-32 degree range. Highs will be generally in the 50s, but the northern third of the state won’t get out of the 40s Sunday afternoon.
NEXT WEEK: We have taken out the chance of rain Tuesday as global models have taken the Gulf of Mexico system off the board. Dry weather is likely Monday through Thursday with a warming trend. A freeze is likely early Monday with lows in the 20s in many places, but by Thursday afternoon temperatures rise into the mid to upper 70s. A cold front will bring rain to the state Friday… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1942: One of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history was underway, producing 26 significant tornadoes, including five violent ones and 18 killers would cause 148 fatalities from Illinois and Indiana, through Kentucky and Tennessee into Mississippi and Alabama. In Alabama, a tornado killed a couple at Waterloo in Lauderdale County around 6 p.m. Their bodies were blown over 200 yards.
ON THIS DATE IN 1986: A small but rare tornado touched down perilously close to Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
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Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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