NICE WARM-UP TODAY: Temperatures are below freezing again this morning for much of Alabama, but look for a nice warm-up today with many communities reaching the low 60s by afternoon. Clouds will increase ahead of a cold front, and rain is likely statewide tonight. No risk of severe storms, probably no thunder. Rain amounts will be 1/2 inch or less, and for the northern half of the state the best chance of rain comes from about 6:00 today through 3:00 a.m. tomorrow.
The front will stall out tomorrow morning, and rain remains a possibility over the southern third of the state during the day tomorrow. But, for North/Central Alabama, tomorrow will be dry with potential for a little sun at times. The day will be cooler with a high in the low 50s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A wave forms on the front, and some rain is possible Saturday and Saturday night. During the day Saturday, the best chance of rain will remain over the southern half of Alabama… then rain is likely statewide late in the day into Saturday night. Moisture will be limited, and rain amounts should be 1/2 inch or less.
We note there is some chance a few snow flakes could mix in with the rain over far North Alabama after midnight Saturday night, but no impact is expected if that happens with surface temperatures above freezing. Then, on Sunday, the sky becomes partly sunny as drier air works into the state. Highs over the weekend will be in the mid to upper 50s.
NEXT WEEK: Monday will be dry and mild with a high in the 60s. The next wave/cold front will bring a chance of some scattered light rain Tuesday and Tuesday night, followed by colder air Wednesday.
WINTER MISCHIEF??? Global modes are now showing signals for winter weather problems for Alabama at the end of next week, Thursday into Friday. Very cold air (but shallow) will creep into the state from the north, and the southern branch of the jet will push another wave into the region, pushing moist air from the Gulf over the shallow layer of cold air near the surface.
With this kind of scenario, the biggest problem is usually freezing rain instead of snow. Freezing rain is simply rain that falls in liquid form when surface temperatures are below 32 degrees. This in turn opens the door for ice accumulation on exposed objects. It is very important here to note that there is absolutely no skill in forecasting a winter storm 7-8 days in advance. This idea could totally go “off the table” in a few days… it is simply something to watch for now. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
We do note the CPC (Climate Prediction Center) is forecasting below average temperatures for the Deep South (and much of the nation) February 11-17.
ON THIS DATE IN 1995: A massive nor’easter pounded areas from the southern Mid-Atlantic to northern New England. It would be the only significant storm in the 94-95 winter season. Over 20 inches of snow buried parts of upstate New York. Wind chills dropped as cold as 40 degrees below zero. Behind the storm, arctic air crossing the relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes produced intense lake effect squalls for nearly two weeks from the 4th through the 14th. Snowfall totals for the storm ranged from near two to seven feet. At one point during the storm east of Lake Ontario, snow was falling at the incredible rate of five inches an hour.
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