COLD START: Temperatures are mostly in the 20s across Alabama early this morning… even Gulf Shores is below freezing at daybreak with 31 degrees. The air remains very dry, and sunny weather continues today with a high around 50 degrees this afternoon. The average high for Birmingham on February 3 is 56. Tonight will be mostly fair; another freeze is likely early tomorrow morning.
RAIN RETURNS: The sky becomes mostly cloudy tomorrow ahead of a cold front, and rain is likely tomorrow night. Most of the rain comes from about 7:00 p.m. tomorrow through 6:00 a.m. Friday, and amounts should be 1/2 inch or less. No severe weather threat, probably no thunder. Then, the sky becomes partly to mostly sunny Friday as dry air returns. Temperatures warm into the low to mid 60s Thursday; Friday’s high will be about ten degrees cooler following the front.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be dry with a mix of sun and clouds; the high will be in the mid 50s for most communities. The next wave will bring a good chance of light rain to the state Saturday night… there is some chance a few snow flakes could mix in with the rain early Sunday morning before it ends over far North Alabama, but if that happens no impact is expected with surface temperatures above freezing. Then, much of the day Sunday looks dry with intervals of sun possible by afternoon. The high Sunday will be in the 50-55 degree range as new model data continues the trend of holding the cold Arctic air north of Alabama.
NEXT WEEK: Monday looks dry with a high in the 50s; the bitterly cold Arctic air earlier advertised by the models is now off the table for Alabama. Forecast confidence for the rest of the week is not high as a series of waves will bring the chance of some scattered light precipitation from time to time. And, there is evidence much colder air will creep into the state over the latter half of the week. We will have better clarity in coming days… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1947: The record-low temperature for continental North America was recorded in Snag in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The temperature was 81.4 degrees below zero.
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