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RADAR CHECK: Rain has been falling all day along the I-20 corridor… Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston… heaviest rain statewide has been down over the far southeast corner, where serious flash flooding issues were reported earlier over Geneva and Houston Counties. The rain has stopped north of a line from Fayette to Cullman to Fort Payne for now.
Looks like rain tonight, while still possible, will be a little more scattered across North-Central Alabama. Temperatures should hold in the 50s all night with low clouds going nowhere.
MORE RAIN TOMORROW: A surface wave will develop on the front over Texas tomorrow morning, and as the wave moves east rain will increase during the day. We could see some heavy rain at times tomorrow afternoon into the evening hours; additional amounts of one to two inches are likely here, and the NWS continues a flash flood watch for Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Anniston (I-20) south since the ground is totally saturated.
Finally, the rain ends Wednesday morning as the wave moves on to the northeast. The sky will clear Wednesday night as drier air works into the state, and we will finally enjoy two bright, mostly sunny days Thursday and Friday. Afternoon highs should be in the mid to upper 50s, exactly where they should be in mid-February.
ARCTIC SHOT ON SATURDAY: Not much change in our thinking for the weekend. The GFS and the ECMWF are in very good agreement; very cold, Arctic air invades our state Friday night, and it sure looks like we won’t get out of the 30s Saturday with a chilly north wind. And, as a deep upper trough moves overhead, we will have a chance of snow flurries or snow showers during the day, even as far south as Montgomery. Moisture will be very limited, and I doubt if we see any really significant accumulation, but the heavier snow showers could bring a dusting to a few communities.
Sunday morning will be cold, with lows in the 18-23 degree range for most places. Then, we warm nicely during the day Sunday with a high in the low 50s for most spots along with a good supply of sunshine.
We stay dry early next week with a slow warming trend.
THE LAND OF VOODOO: The 12Z GFS shows an active pattern for the latter half of the month, with rain/storm events around Feb 19, Feb 22, and Feb 26. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.
STORM ALERT 2013 COMES TO JASPER TOMORROW NIGHT: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama continues through February. We will share lessons learned after the April 27, 2011 generational tornado event, along with other amazing weather stories. Learn how to keep your family safe during severe weather, and have a chance to win some cool prizes as well. Here are the remaining Storm Alert tour dates…
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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