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THIS AFTERNOON: We have a mix of sun and clouds across much of Alabama this afternoon; showers are confined to the far southern counties of the state. Temperatures remain above average, mostly in the 60s. The average high for Birmingham on January 26 is 54.
TONIGHT/TOMORROW: A wave of low pressure forms off to the west, and will bring periods of rain to Alabama late tonight and tomorrow. Cooler air will slip in from the north; temperatures tomorrow won’t get out of the 50s, and could fall into the 40s over the Tennessee Valley. Additional rain amounts should be 1/2 inch or less, and there is no risk of severe thunderstorms. The sky will slowly clear late tomorrow night.
THURSDAY/FRIDAY: The weather will be dry both days with cold mornings; the low early Thursday will be in the 27-32 degree range, and low to mid 20s are likely early Friday. The sky will be mostly sunny with a high Thursday in the upper 40s, followed by mid 50s Friday.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be dry with a high around 60 degrees; morning sun will give way to increasing cloud cover by afternoon. Rain and thunderstorms return to Alabama Saturday night into Sunday morning… for now it looks like the main window for rain comes from 6:00 p.m. Saturday through 9:00 a.m. Sunday. For now no severe storms are expected, and rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely. The weather stays fairly mild Sunday with a high in the low to mid 60s.
NEXT WEEK: Much of next week looks dry with seasonal temperatures… highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Rain and possibly a few thunderstorms will return Friday (February 5). See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1772: Possibly the greatest snowfall ever recorded in Washington started on this day. When the storm began, Thomas Jefferson was returning home from his honeymoon with his new bride, Martha Wayles Skelton. The newlyweds made it to within eight miles of Monticello before having to abandon their carriage in the deep snow. Both finished the ride on horseback in the blinding snow. The newlyweds arrived home late on the night of January 26th. In Jefferson’s “Garden Book,” he wrote “the deepest snow we have ever seen.
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