Frigid Morning; Warmer Days Ahead

| March 16, 2017 @ 6:02 am

TOO COLD FOR MARCH: Here are some temperatures just before sunrise across the great state of Alabama…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 16
Centre 18
Valley Head 18
Fort Payne 19
Gadsden 19
Cullman 20
Heflin 20
Sycamore 20
Anniston 22
Cottondale 23
Alexander City 23
Concord 25
Center Point 26
Coker 26
Birmingham Airport 27
Greenville 29
Evergreen 29
Tuscaloosa 31
Gulf Shores 35

WARMING TREND BEGINS LATER TODAY: We rise into the mid 50s this afternoon with a good supply of sunshine as we begin to dig out of the deep freeze. Tonight will be cold, but not as cold as recent nights with most places seeing a low in the 35-39 degree range early tomorrow. But, colder pockets over the eastern half of the state will probably see another freeze. Tomorrow will be dry with a mix of sun and clouds; temperatures reach the mid to upper 60s, back to where we should be in mid-March (based on averages).

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We will need to mention a chance of showers Saturday thanks to a cold front; data from the high resolution NAM suggests the best chance of rain will come during the morning hours, from 5:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. And, with limited moisture and weak dynamics, rain amounts should be 1/4 inch or less for most communities. The sun could break out Saturday afternoon, and the high will be in the mid 60s. Then, Sunday will feature a good supply of sunshine with a high in the low 60s.

NEXT WEEK: A good chance temperatures exceed 70 degrees Monday with a good deal of sunshine. Clouds increase Tuesday, and a few showers are possible Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night with another front approaching from the north. Again, moisture will be limited and it doesn’t look like a big rain event. A stronger system will impact the state late in the week; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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