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Cold Front Moves In Tonight

| 6:26 am March 26, 2015

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BIG CHANGES AHEAD: We will squeeze out one more mild day; temperatures will reach the mid to upper 70s this afternoon across the great state of Alabama. Clouds will increase during the day, and we could see a few showers this afternoon. The organized band of showers, and possibly a thunderstorm, along the cold front will pass through between 5:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. Despite the severe weather event yesterday in Oklahoma and Arkansas, no severe storms are expected in Alabama with marginal instability and weakening dynamics.

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COLD AIR RETURNS: Tomorrow’s high will be only in the mid 50s, over 20 degrees colder than today, and well below the average high of 69 degrees for March 27. The sky will be partly sunny, and a north wind of 12-22 mph will make it feel colder.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Temperatures will drop into the 30-35 degree range early Saturday. A freeze is possible, and some frost is likely across North/Central Alabama. Then, the day will be cool with a high in the low to mid 50s. The GFS is now back on the idea of an impulse riding down the back side of the upper trough over the eastern U.S., and suggests a little light rain is possible Saturday afternoon over the northern counties of the state. The airmass will be pretty dry, so rain amounts, if any, will be light and spotty. But I do think we need to insert that risk of a few raindrops.

Sunday morning will be cold with lows in the 30s, but a warm-up begins Sunday afternoon as temperatures rise into the mid 60s along with a good supply of sunshine.

NEXT WEEK: The warming trend continues Monday and Tuesday; we will mention a small risk of a shower Monday, with a better chance of scattered showers Tuesday. Then, a more significant storm system should bring a round of organized showers and storms by Wednesday night. Strong storms are possible, but it remains to seen if this will be a severe weather threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have weather programs today at Paine Intermediate School in Trussville, and at McGuffey Health Care in Gadsden. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Colder Air Returns By Friday

| 3:40 pm March 25, 2015

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MILD LATE MARCH DAY: Temperatures are in the 70s across the great state of Alabama this afternoon with a mixture of sun and clouds; no rain on radar, and tonight’s weather will stay dry.

TO THE WEST: A severe thunderstorm watch is up for parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and some of the adjacent states ahead of a push of colder air; large hail is the main threat in that region this evening, although an isolated tornado is not out of the question.

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COLD FRONT MOVES IN HERE TOMORROW NIGHT: Clouds will increase tomorrow ahead of the front, and a shower is possible by mid to late afternoon, but the better chance of showers will come early tomorrow night. Seems like the core window for showers will be from about 3:00 p.m. tomorrow through 3:00 a.m. Friday. Some thunder is possible with a little surface based instability available, but no severe weather is expected, and rain will average around a quarter of an inch.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Friday will be a rather blustery day with a chilly north wind of 12-22 mph and a high only in the 52-55 degree range. The day will be dry with a partly sunny sky. The weekend weather headline continues to be the potential for freezing temperatures early Saturday and Sunday morning. Early morning lows both mornings will be in the 30-35 degree range…. but the air will be dry and both days will feature a good supply of sunshine. The high Saturday will remain in the low to mid 50s, but we rise into the mid 60s Sunday afternoon as a warming trend begins.

NEXT WEEK: Just a slight risk of a shower Monday, otherwise dry weather continues Monday and Tuesday with the warm-up continuing. The GFS continues to advertise a potent mid-week system that could bring the threat of strong to severe storms to the Deep South by Wednesday night… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I had a great time today visiting with the 3rd and 4th graders at Hamilton Elementary School… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Cold Front Arrives Tomorrow Night

| 6:19 am March 25, 2015

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ACTIVE WEATHER TO THE WEST: Rather benign weather continues across Alabama today with a mix of sun and clouds and afternoon highs in the 70s. An isolated shower is not completely out of the question, but most places stay dry.

Severe storms are possible west of Alabama later today and tonight; SPC has an “enhanced” severe weather risk of parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas…

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This is one of the new severe weather risk categories; it is between a “slight” and “moderate” risk.

COLD FRONT ARRIVES TOMORROW NIGHT: Clouds increase tomorrow, and showers are likely late in the day and tomorrow night as the cold front passes through. There could be some thunder, but there is no risk of organized severe weather. The main window for showers will come from about 5:00 p.m. tomorrow through 3:00 a.m. Sunday, and rain amounts will be under 1/2 inch.

COLDER AIR FRIDAY: Friday will be dry, but colder and blustery with a north wind of 12-22 mph. Temperatures won’t get past the mid 50s despite a decent amount of sunshine. And, by Saturday morning, temperatures will drop into the low 30s setting up the potential for a late season freeze.

Saturday will be dry but pretty chilly for late March; the GFS is printing a high of only 52 degrees for Birmingham… some North Alabama communities won’t get out of the 40s. Another freeze is possible early Sunday with a low back down in the low 30s.

Then, a warming trend begins Sunday afternoon with a good supply of sunshine and a high in the mid 60s.

NEXT WEEK: We warm into the low 70s Monday and Tuesday; a few isolated showers are possible on these days, but the weather will be generally dry. Then, a potent system could bring strong storms and heavy rain to Alabama at mid-week on Wednesday, and possibly into Thursday. Way too early to define a specific severe weather threat… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have a weather program this morning at Hamilton Elementary School in Marion County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Showers Thursday Night; Colder Friday

| 3:45 pm March 24, 2015

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THIS AFTERNOON: Much like yesterday, the sky is generally sunny north of I-20, and mostly cloudy south of I-20…

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Where the sun is out, temperatures are in the 70s… with 60s elsewhere. Nothing showing up on radar.

NORTHWEST OF ALABAMA: We finally have the first severe weather watch issued by SPC during the month of March for parts of OK/MO/KS/AR… the latest “first-March” watch since 1970.

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TOMORROW: A few small, isolated showers are possible, but most Alabama communities will stay dry tomorrow with a mix of sun and clouds; the high will be in the mid to upper 70s. Severe storms are possible tomorrow west of Alabama, with the higher probabilities over East Oklahoma.

LATE WEEK COLD FRONT: Clouds increase Thursday ahead of a Polar cold front, and showers will move through the state Thursday night. The latest GFS suggests the main window for showers will come from 5:00 p.m. Thursday through 5:00 a.m. Friday. No severe weather expected, and rain amounts should be generally under 1/2 inch.

Friday will be much colder with a high only in the low 50s; communities north of Birmingham could hold in the 40s all day with a very chilly north wind of 12-22 mph. The sky will be partly sunny during the day.

LATE SEASON FREEZE POTENTIAL: The low early Saturday will be in the 29-32 degree range, and Sunday morning could be just as cold. Saturday for now looks mostly dry, although a few morning snow flurries are possible over the northwest corner of the state around Muscle Shoals. The high Saturday will be in the 50-55 degree range with intervals of sunshine.

A warming trend begins Sunday afternoon with a high in the low 60s along with a good supply of sunshine.

NEXT WEEK: Monday and Tuesday look dry, but a vigorous weather system will have the potential to bring heavy rain and strong storms to Alabama Wednesday, and possibly into Thursday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I had a great time today visiting with the 3rd graders at Concord Elementary School in Jefferson County… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Dry and Mild Today; Much Colder Friday

| 5:57 am March 24, 2015

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MILD AFTERNOONS: We are starting this day in the 40s, but look for a high up in the mid 70s this afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds. Tomorrow will be a bit warmer with a high between 77 and 80 degrees; moisture levels will rise a bit and we will probably need to mention the risk of a few isolated showers, but a majority of the day will be dry.

TO THE WEST: Severe storms are possible today and tomorrow northwest of Alabama; there is an “enhanced” risk of severe storms tomorrow just southeast of Oklahoma City; this is one of the new severe weather risk categories that is between “slight” and “moderate”.

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COLDER AIR ARRIVES LATER THIS WEEK: Clouds increase Thursday, and a few showers are possible late Thursday afternoon and Thursday night as the cold front passes through our state. No severe weather is expected, and rain amounts should be under 1/2 inch… and maybe even under 1/4 inch. Seems like the main window for showers will come from about 4:00 p.m. Thursday through 4:00 a.m. Friday.

A cool breeze develops Friday; we won’t make it past the mid 50s with a mix of sun and clouds.

LATE SEASON FREEZE POTENTIAL: The GFS is printing a low of 31 degrees for Birmingham early Saturday morning… the day Saturday looks breezy and cold. As the deep upper trough passes overhead, it will bring cloudy periods, and maybe even a sprinkle or a snow flake during the morning hours. Best chance of snow flurries Saturday morning will come over the northwest corner of the state around Muscle Shoals. Parts of North Alabama will struggle to get out of the 40s.

Another freeze is possible early Sunday with a clear sky and light wind; lows in the 28-34 degree range are likely. Then, a warming trend begins Sunday afternoon with a high in the low to mid 60s along with a good supply of sunshine.

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NEXT WEEK: For now Monday and Tuesday look dry and warmer for North/Central Alabama… but the GFS continues to advertise a robust mid-week system that could bring potential for heavy rain and strong storms by Wednesday or Thursday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have a weather program this morning at Concord Elementary School in Jefferson County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Warming Trend Through Wednesday, Then Colder

| 3:42 pm March 23, 2015

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SLOW CLEARING: While the Tennessee Valley has enjoyed a mostly sunny sky much of the day, clouds have lingered along and south of I-20…

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Temperatures are in the low 70s over far North Alabama where the sun is shining; elsewhere we are seeing mostly 60s.

TOMORROW AND WEDNESDAY: These two days look dry and mild with a mix of sun and clouds, and highs generally in the 70s. The NAM model is suggesting we could be close to 80 degrees in spots Wednesday afternoon.

To the west of Alabama, strong to severe storms are possible on these days across parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri, but those won’t bother us.

LATE WEEK COLD FRONT: Clouds will increase Thursday, and we will mention a chance of showers, and possibly a thunderstorm Thursday afternoon and Thursday night. No severe weather is expected, and rain amounts should be under 1/2 inch. Much colder air will return to the state Friday; we won’t make it past the mid 50s with a chilly north wind. A lingering shower is possible Friday morning in spots, but most of the day should be rain-free.

RAW, COLD SATURDAY: A cold, deep upper trough will set up a mostly cloudy and rather raw day Saturday. Some light rain, and maybe even a snow flake or two will be possible as the trough passes; temperatures will struggle to get out of the 40s with a very cool north breeze. It sure won’t feel like a spring day.

There is potential for a late season freeze early Sunday morning with a clear sky and light wind; we project a low in the 28-33 degree range for North/Central Alabama, so growers beware. Then, we expect a good supply of sunshine during the day Sunday with a high back in the 60s as a warming trend begins.

NEXT WEEK: Monday and Tuesday look mostly dry with highs in the 70s; some risk of showers and storms will return by mid-week, but model consistency has not been good with that next feature.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly dry weather through Wednesday on the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores; a few scattered showers are possible Thursday night and Friday. Highs will be in the low 70s tomorrow through Thursday, but back in the 60s Friday. Then, a cool weekend is ahead… mostly sunny Saturday and Sunday, but with a high in the 50s Saturday and 60s Sunday. Early morning temperatures will reach the 40s on the coast this weekend. The sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is up to 71 degrees.

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I enjoyed seeing 2nd graders today at Meadow View Elementary in Alabaster and West Elementary in Vestavia Hills… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…