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Mild Tomorrow; Much Colder Saturday

| 3:16 pm February 11, 2016

FINE WINTER AFTERNOON: Temperatures are not too far from 60 degrees this afternoon across North/Central Alabama with a good supply of sunshine, and tomorrow will stay dry and pleasant with a high close to 60.

WEEKEND COLD SNAP: A cold front will pass through the state in dry fashion tomorrow night, and will pull down much colder air for the weekend. Despite sunshine in full supply, the high Saturday will be only around 40 degrees, and we drop down into the low 20s early Sunday (teens are very possible for the colder valleys and protected areas).

Sunday will feature a decent amount of sunshine with a high between 47 and 50 degrees. Clouds thicken quickly Sunday night.

WET WEATHER EARLY NEXT WEEK: A wave will bring a soaking rain to Alabama Monday and Monday night; still some risk of a light “wintry mix” of sleet or freezing rain as the precipitation begins late Sunday night across far North Alabama, but models continue to trend warmer, and it looks just like a cold rain for most places. If we have any risk of icy travel early Monday, it will be over the far northeast corner of the state. And, even there the risk looks very marginal for now.

Rain amounts could exceed one inch across North Alabama by late Monday night, thanks to a surface low that will track right on top of us. I guess some thunder is possible, but there is no risk of severe weather. And, the rain will end from west to east after midnight Monday night/early Tuesday morning.

The sky becomes mostly sunny Tuesday with a high in the 50s.

WARMER DAYS: A pattern change will bring mild temperatures to the state over the latter part of next week; looks like we will enjoy highs in the 60s Wednesday through at least Friday. The mild pattern should hold through the rest of February. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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More Cold Air This Weekend

| 5:22 am February 11, 2016

SHORT TERM WARM-UP: Temperatures are mostly in the 20s across Alabama early this morning, but we warm up nicely today; most communities will reach the mid 50s this afternoon with a partly sunny sky. Tomorrow, we will forecast a high between 57 and 60 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Another surge of very cold air blows in here tomorrow night, and Saturday will be mostly sunny but cold, with a high close to 40 degrees. Areas north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 30s, and we drop down to near 20 degrees by daybreak Sunday. The air stays dry Sunday, and we expect a high between 47 and 50 degrees.

SUNDAY NIGHT: Clouds move in quickly, and some light precipitation will begin over the northern counties around midnight. This could begin as a light mix of sleet, freezing rain, and snow over far North Alabama, but it looks like temperatures at the surface will be generally above freezing when this happens. The main risk of icy travel will come over far Northeast Alabama, especially counties like Jackson, DeKalb, and Cherokee, where temperatures could get down to near 30 by daybreak Monday.

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MONDAY: Other than far Northeast Alabama, it just looks like a rain event Monday. Rain totals could approach one inch by Monday night, and the high will be in the 40s with clouds and rain. We should mention the potential for freezing rain and icy travel Monday morning will be higher east of Alabama, where cold air damming will keep temperatures lower. Our friends in Atlanta and Athens (Georgia) will need to be aware of the potential for winter weather woes Monday morning.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: A nice warm-up begins Tuesday with a partly sunny sky and a high in the 50s. Then, we reach the 60s Wednesday through Friday with dry conditions continuing. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Warmer Tomorrow/Friday… Colder This Weekend

| 3:15 pm February 10, 2016

DRY, COLD WINTER DAY: Temperatures are generally in the upper 30s and low 40s across North Central Alabama this afternoon with a good supply of sunshine. Up north, clouds have moved into the Tennessee Valley, and we even note some light snow showing up on radar…

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But no worries; the air over North Alabama is extremely dry, and most all of this precipitation is not reaching the ground. Most of the state will be mostly fair and cold tonight with a low in the 26-30 degree range.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: A warming trend headlines the forecast. Expect a partly sunny sky both days; we reach the mid 50s tomorrow, and Friday’s high will be close to 60 degrees. A cold front then passes through in dry fashion Friday night.

MORE COLD AIR FOR THE WEEKEND: Temperatures will drop about 20 degrees Saturday; the high will be close to 40, despite a good supply of sunshine. Then, we drop down into the low 20s early Sunday morning, followed by a high near 50 degrees Sunday afternoon. The air stays dry and the sky will be mostly sunny, although clouds will move in Sunday night.

EARLY NEXT WEEK: Rain is likely across Alabama Monday; models have trended warmer, and it looks like any winter weather mischief early in the day will be confined to the far northern counties of the state, and even there the threat is somewhat marginal. Highest risk of icy travel will be east of Alabama, over North Georgia, where cold air damming (CAD) will bring colder surface temperatures and the risk of freezing rain.

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Drier air returns Tuesday, and we begin to warm up nicely by mid-week with highs in the 60s by Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details…

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Dry Through The Weekend; Still Cold Today

| 6:08 am February 10, 2016

FRIGID MORNING: Here are some temperatures at daybreak across the great state of Alabama…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 14
Millport 16
Russellville 16
Concord 17
Bessemer 18
Gadsden 18
Cullman 19
Valley Head 19
Centre 19
Haleyville 20
Jemison 20
Tuscaloosa 22
Anniston 22
Center Point 22
Lake View (Tuscaloosa County) 23
Birmingham Airport 24

THE DAY AHEAD: Our weather will be cold, dry, and breezy today with a good supply of sunshine; we project a high in the low 40s for most communities this afternoon. Some places north of Birmingham will stay in the 30s all day.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: The weather stays dry; we are forecasting a partly sunny sky both days with a high in the mid 50s. A cold front will pass through Friday afternoon in dry fashion.

COLDER FOR THE WEEKEND: Another surge of cold air arrives Friday night, and Saturday will be sunny but cold with a high only around 40 degrees along with a chilly north wind. We will drop down into the low 20s early Sunday, followed by a high in the mid 40s Sunday afternoon. The air stays dry, and the sky will remain mostly sunny. But, clouds will increase Sunday night.

WINTER ISSUES EARLY MONDAY? The next wave will bring precipitation into Alabama Monday morning, and there is still a window for a “wintry mix” over the northern third of our state as the day begins. However, there is great uncertainty as you might expect five days in advance. The GFS remains bullish on the idea of a short term mix of sleet, freezing rain, and maybe a few snow flakes, but the ECMWF (European) model is slower, and has trended warmer, with just rain on Monday for our state.

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Just be aware of some potential for icy travel early Monday morning, otherwise the day looks cool and wet with periods of rain and a high in the 40s. We do note a cold air damming (CAD) pattern in place, and with colder air over North Georgia, that might open the door for some significant icing for parts of our neighboring state to the east. Check out the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: The upper air pattern begins to flip, and we should turn considerably warmer by mid to late week with afternoon highs rising into the 60s.

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Snow Showers/Flurries End This Evening

| 3:03 pm February 9, 2016

COLD NIGHT AHEAD: The weather across Alabama today behaved as expected; the most numerous snow showers have been over the northeast counties, where a few spots have measured over one inch. Marshall, Jackson, DeKalb, and Cherokee Counties remain under a “winter weather advisory” due to the potential for slick/icy spots…

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There has been basically no impact from the snow flurries for places like Birmingham, Anniston, Gadsden, and Tuscaloosa, as expected. Flurries and snow showers will end this evening across the state as the sky becomes clear. We drop into the low 20s early tomorrow, some of the colder pockets could see upper teens.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: Cold air stays in place tomorrow; despite sunshine in full supply the high will be only in the low 40s. Then, we begin to warm Thursday with a high between 55 and 58 degrees along with a partly sunny sky.

A cold front will pass through Friday; it will bring scattered clouds, but it looks like the air will be too dry for any rain. The high Friday will drop back to near 50 degrees.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Another surge of colder air will arrive just in time for the weekend. Expect a sunny sky Saturday and Sunday, but highs will be only in the 40s. And, the coldest morning will come early Sunday; most communities will see a low between 20 and 23 degrees, with upper teens for colder valleys and protected areas.

WINTER MISCHIEF MONDAY? The next wave will bring precipitation into the state Monday morning, and thermal profiles will be close to supporting an initial mix of freezing rain, sleet, and maybe a few snow flakes over parts of North Alabama. Understand there is absolutely no way to resolve details on a system like this six days away… it could be just a cold rain, or we could have some type of winter weather impact for the Monday morning commute over the northern third of the state. Just understand this possibility is on the table, and we will fine tune the forecast in coming days. But, for now, we will mention a “wintry mix” Monday morning, followed by rain Monday afternoon with a high in the 40s. Check out the Weather Xtreme video for all the maps, graphics, and more details.

WARMER DAYS: A pattern change is in the cards, and it sure looks like we will enjoy warmer weather in the February 17-24 period with highs well up into the 60s; we might even touch 70 degrees one afternoon.

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