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MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS: Quite the mixed bag of weather across Alabama this afternoon. Up north, north of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden), the sky is sunny with temperatures in the 60s. But, a persistent band of clouds sticking around I-59/20 has kept temperatures in the 50s, although big breaks in the overcast are opening up at mid-afternoon. Then, to the south, Montgomery has enjoyed some sunshine today and they have reached the low 70s. The few patches of light rain on radar have pretty much vanished.
REST OF THE WEEK: Tomorrow promises to be a nice day, with a good supply of sunshine and high in the 64-67 degree range. But, clouds return tomorrow night, and wet weather returns Thursday with occasional rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Rain amounts should average around one-half inch, with some spots possible getting heavier totals, especially over South Alabama. Temperatures will hold in the 50s much of the day Thursday due to clouds and rain. No severe weather is expected.
Then, on Friday, the sky becomes partly sunny as drier air works back into the state. The high Friday afternoon will be in the low 60s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Not much change in the overall thinking. Saturday looks delightful, with lots of sun and a high between 65 and 68 degrees; clearly the best day to get things done over the weekend. Clouds will increase Sunday as low level moisture surges northward ahead of a developing storm system over the Southern Plains. While we might see a shower Sunday afternoon, the most widespread rain Sunday should be north and west of here. The weather stays mild Sunday with a high in the low to mid 60s.
Rain and storms will become likely Sunday night into Monday as the main system gets closer. The threat of heavy rain and strong storms will be in play, but SPC does not have any severe weather risk defined at this point due to the uncertainty in how the upper trough lifts out of the Southwest U.S. Rain amounts of 1-2 inches are likely, and some spots could see more.
Drier air arrives on Tuesday, with sharply colder weather toward the end of next week. And, out in the land of voodoo, the GFS is still hinting at some snow threat for parts of the Mid-South in the 2/17-18 time frame, but the latest runs show the highest risk north of Alabama. All pure speculation for now.
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February 7 Holt – Holt High School
February 12 Jasper – CHS Community Building
February 21 Clanton – Jeff State Performing Arts Center
February 26 Ohatchee – Ohatchee High School
February 28 Clay – Clay/Chalkville High School
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