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ON THE MAPS: A cold front is passing through North Alabama this afternoon with little fanfare. We will still hang on to the risk of a little light rain, or a sprinkle or two along the front, but there is very little moisture to work with. Ahead of the front, temperatures are in the 60-65 degree range, but behind the front Huntsville reports mid 50s at mid-afternoon.
COLD SATURDAY: Much colder air will blow into the state late tonight, and tomorrow will be a different kind of day. We will have a hard time getting out of the 30s with a chilly northwest wind. Despite strong forcing from a deep upper trough, moisture is very limited, and any snow flurries tomorrow should be very light and very spotty.
Sunday morning will be cold; most places will see a low in the 22-26 degree range, but the coldest spots across North Alabama could reach the upper teens. The good news is that the cold snap won’t last long; we rise into the low 50s Sunday afternoon with a good supply of sunshine.
ACTIVE WEATHER NEXT WEEK: The first storm system will bring rain and thunderstorms back to Alabama from about midnight Monday night through noon Tuesday. Severe weather is not expected since there won’t be any surface based instability, and rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely.
We have a break in the rain with a sunny day Wednesday, then comes another round of thunderstorms Thursday night. SPC has actually issued a severe weather risk of parts of the Deep South, including West Alabama, for Day 7, which is Thursday. A dynamic system will have some instability to work with, and could very well bring a threat of strong to severe storms to our state; for now it looks like the main threat will come from about 6:00 p.m. Thursday through 3:00 a.m. Friday, but we all know that could change since the event is so far off.
ACTIVE END OF FEBRUARY: Still evidence of frequent rain/storm events for Alabama the last week of February into early March; see the Weather Xtreme video for details, graphics, and maps.
STORM ALERT 2013: 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 21 Clanton – Jeff State Performing Arts Center
February 26 Ohatchee – Ohatchee High School
February 28 Clay – Clay/Chalkville High School
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I had a great time today visiting with the kindergarten students at Alexandria Elementary School… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. Monday… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!