Warmer Days Ahead; Showers Early Saturday

| March 16, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

THIS AFTERNOON: We have scattered clouds over parts of West and Southwest Alabama this afternoon, but the sun is out in full force over North and East Alabama. Temperatures are climbing through the 40s after another sub-freezing morning. Coldest spot I can find so far was Black Creek with 16 degrees.

Tonight will be fair and cold, but not as cold as last night. Most places will see a low between 34 and 39 early tomorrow, but colder spots over East Alabama will most likely see another freeze. Then, during the day tomorrow, temperatures will rise into the 60s with a mix of sun and clouds.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Clouds increase tomorrow night ahead of a cold front, and we will have a band of showers dropping southward through the northern half of the state. The latest data from the high resolution NAM model suggests the best chance of rain comes form about 12:00 midnight tomorrow night through 8:00 a.m. Saturday. Rain amounts should be 1/4 inch or less for most places with limited moisture and dynamic support. And, it now looks like the sun will break out Saturday afternoon with temperatures pushing toward the 70 degree mark.

Sunday looks to be a mostly sunny day with a high in the 60s.

NEXT WEEK: Monday looks dry and mild with low 70s likely, then we will mention a chance of showers Tuesday with the next surface front, but once again it looks like rain amounts will be light and spotty. Still some chance of a stronger system in here toward the end of next week; it remains to be seen if it will bring a severe weather threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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