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Cold Is The Word

| 3:20 pm December 10, 2012

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FRIGID AIR MOVES INTO ALABAMA: Temperatures at 3:00 include 44 at Hamilton, 45 at Haleyville, Muscle Shoals, Courtland, and Russellville, and 48 at Cullman. Temperatures will fall rapidly into the 40s down to near I-20 during the next 90 minutes, and everybody will be in the cold air across Alabama late tonight.

Showers and storms continue south of a line from Wedowee to Marbury to Selma to Grove Hill; all severe weather watches and warnings have been cancelled, and the rain will exit the state tonight. We note there was a quick hitting EF-1 tornado in North Birmingham around 4:45 this morning… see the storm report below.

MID-WEEK: While the surface front has pushed through, the upper trough will stay west of Alabama tomorrow with a shallow layer of cold air over North Alabama. The persistent southwest flow aloft could keep clouds in place at times tomorrow; the day will be raw and cold with a high in the upper 40s after starting the day around freezing.

Some rain should push into Southeast Alabama Wednesday ahead of the upper trough; places like Dothan and Geneva will see rain, but we stay dry up this way. The low early Wednesday will be near freezing, followed by a high in the mid 50s. Thursday will be dry with a high in the upper 50s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Friday stays cool and dry with a high near 60, but clouds will increase Saturday ahead of the next storm system over the Plains states. The 12Z GFS shows a band of showers moving through mainly in the time period from 5 p.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday. Moisture will be pretty limited, and the latest guidance shows only light amounts. Then, cooler air arrives Sunday night into Monday as the high will drop back into the low to mid 50s.

THE LAND OF VOODOO: Always fun to look at the medium range charts in early December as we get ready for Christmas. The 12Z GFS shows a cold front moving through Dec 24 with a chance of showers, followed by the coldest air so far this season Christmas Day with a high only in the 30s. But, we all know this is pure speculation… I do think we will have one or two good cold shots over the latter half of the month, but way too early to know when, and how cold. See the Weather Xtreme video for the graphics and details.

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