At 11:00 am, showers are moving northeastward across a good bit of Central Alabama with most of the activity being light in nature. These will continue on through the remainder of your Saturday and into the pre-dawn hours on Sunday before the final push moves the activity completely out of the area before sunrise. Temperatures are in the 40s to right around 50 degrees across Central Alabama. Montgomery and Tuscaloosa were those locations sitting at 50 degrees, while the cool spot was Gadsden at 41 degrees. Birmingham was at 49 degrees. Today’s highs will be in the mid-40s to the lower 50s across the area with lows dipping into the lower 30s to the lower 40s for the overnight. A few flurries may be possible across the northern parts of Central Alabama, but accumulations are not expected.
There still remains a small chance of rain transitioning to snow for the extreme northern parts of North Alabama later this evening and through the overnight hours. The snowfall may just be heavy enough along the Cumberland Plateau region that there may be accumulations from a light dusting to up to 1-inch. With temperatures going below freezing, some slick spots may form on bridges and overpasses, but major travel impacts are not expected.
Sunday’s weather will be dry with clouds decreasing throughout the day. We’ll have clouds to start off with but plan on a decent bit of sunshine by the mid to late afternoon hours with slightly warmer temperatures. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 40s to the mid-50s.
The threat of any wintry precipitation for late Thursday night into Friday morning is really starting to look less likely as the GFS and European models are both keeping the colder air out of Central Alabama. At this point, all activity will be rain as the lows for early Friday morning will be above freezing in the mid-30s to the lower 50s across the area. Rain will have pushed out of the area by the late morning hours on Friday and highs will reach the lower 40s to the lower 60s from northwest to southeast. We are still over five days out from the event, and these models can very easily flip back to a wintry solution. Stay tuned with us through the weekend and into the work week ahead.
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK — FEB. 21-26, 2021: Alabama is no stranger to severe weather, including tornadoes. They can happen any month of the year and any time, day or night. However, our primary severe weather season is considered to be from November to May. Last year, 73 tornadoes touched down across Alabama. Unfortunately, four lives were lost, and over a dozen were injured. Advanced planning and increased awareness will help residents of Alabama survive these deadly storms. Throughout the week, we’ll have special posts and infographics on the blog about severe weather awareness and safety.
At the end of the week, the state of Alabama will hold a sales tax holiday for severe weather preparedness items. Don’t miss this great opportunity to purchase any items you may be missing from your emergency kit. For more information, including tax-exempt items and participating counties and municipalities, please visit https://revenue.alabama.gov/sales-use/sales-tax-holidays.
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Scott Martin is an operational meteorologist, professional graphic artist, musician, husband, and father. Not only is Scott a member of the National Weather Association, but he is also the Central Alabama Chapter of the NWA president. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides forecasts for many racing series across the USA. He also supplies forecasts for the BassMaster Elite Series events including the BassMaster Classic.