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Rain Returns Friday; More Cold Air For The Weekend : The Alabama Weather Blog

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SUNNY AFTERNOON: Temperatures are in the 50s across most of Alabama this afternoon, with a few spots in the low 60s. We have a cloudless sky, and tonight will be clear and cold again with lows in the 30s and 40s. A freeze warning is in effect tonight for Northeast Alabama, where lows will be in the 28-32 degree range. Frost is a good possibility for the rest of North and Central Alabama early tomorrow.

Look for a nice warm-up tomorrow… with a good supply of sunshine expect a high in the 68-73 degree range. Clouds increase tomorrow night.

FRIDAY: Rain returns to the state as a cold front passes through. SPC maintains a “slight risk” (level 2/5) of severe thunderstorms for the southwest corner of the state, including places like Mobile, Gulf Shores, Jackson, and Atmore. A “marginal risk” (level 1/5) extends as far north as Greensboro and Auburn.

The core risk of heavy storms Friday will be near the Gulf Coast, where some surface based instability will be available. The main threat will come from strong, gusty winds… an isolated tornado can’t ruled out. But, most of the state will simply have a cool, rainy day in a stable airmass. Rain amounts Friday will average around one inch, with isolated heavier totals. Temperatures will be in the 60s during the morning hours, but will fall through the 50s and into the 40s over the northern half of the state by afternoon following the frontal passage.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Another shot of cold air rolls into the Deep South over the weekend. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 30s early Saturday with a brisk north wind. The sky will become sunny Saturday with a high in the 50s. Clear weather is the story Sunday with another late season freeze during the early morning hours… lows will dip into the 24-34 degree range. The high Sunday will be in the 50s again, about 10-15 degrees below average.

NEXT WEEK: Another freeze is likely early Monday with a low in the upper 20s and low 30s. The day will be mostly sunny with a high in the 50s and 60s. Then, a low forms in the northeast Gulf of Mexico, and rain is possible statewide Tuesday, but model consistency on this event remains poor. If we see precipitation, it will be a cold rain with temperatures only in the 40s and 50s. Rain will end Wednesday morning as the low moves northeast. Thursday looks dry at this point, followed by a chance of showers Friday. Temperatures will likely reach the 70s by the end of the week… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

THIS MORNING: Here are some lows across Alabama early this morning….

Ashville 20
Tuckers Chapel 21
Margaret 23
Fort Payne 24
Carbon Hill 24
Gadsden 24
Concord 25
Helena 26
Heflin 26
Cottondale 26
Anniston 27
Thorsby 27
Cullman 27
Taylorville 27
West Blocton 27
Birmingham 28
Coker 29
Huntsville 29
Alabaster 29
Tuscaloosa 30
Montgomery 30
Northport 30
Mountain Brook 31
Muscle Shoals 32
Dothan 35
Mobile 38

ON THIS DATE IN 1938: A tornado hit McPaul, Iowa, while moving from southeast to northwest. Another tornado raced through Batesville, Illinois, at 60 to 65 mph. Another tornado causing F4 damage killed 10 and injured 12 in St. Clair County, Missouri. This tornado was part of an outbreak that produced four different tornadoes and was responsible for 11 deaths and 42 injuries.

ON THIS DATE IN 2008: An F2 tornado moved through southern Cherokee County, north of Piedmont. The damage was consistent with winds near 115 mph; thankfully there were no injuries.

BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.

Look for the next video briefing here by 6:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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James Spann

2023-03-15 20:04:12

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