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Light Rain At Times; No Ice So Far

| 6:05 am January 25, 2013

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AT DAYBREAK: The good news is that temperatures are well above freezing at daybreak, and so far no bridge icing issues over Northeast Alabama. The NWS offices in Huntsville and Birmingham are continuing a freezing rain advisory for some NE Alabama counties, but odds of any really significant bridge icing have really faded. I figure they will cancel that advisory soon.

During the day today we will have a few periods of light rain with a high in the 50s; rain amounts will be well under one-half inch.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weekend looks mostly dry and pleasant; highs generally in the 50s and lows in the 30s. We might flirt with 60 Sunday afternoon. The NAM does show enough moisture to consider a slight risk of a shower late Sunday afternoon, but for now we won’t mention it in our forecast. Lows will be in the 30s.

WARM-UP NEXT WEEK: We get a nice spring preview early next week as temperatures rise into the 60s Monday through Wednesday. In fact, the 00Z GFS is printing a high of 72 degrees for Birmingham on Tuesday. Not sure we get that warm, but it will feel very good. I guess you can’t rule out a shower Monday and Tuesday with a good bit of low level moisture, but there really isn’t much upper support for rain.

A big upper trough lifting out of the Southwest U.S. will bring a good rain/storm event at mid-week, but model consistency has not been good in the details, and for now SPC has dropped all severe weather risks in their day 4-8 convective outlook due to the uncertainty. We will no doubt have a chance of strong storms Wednesday/Wednesday night, but it remains to be seen if there will be a significant severe weather threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for the graphics and details.

We turn much colder following the rain on Thursday and Friday of next week.

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Another busy day… I will be doing a weather program this morning at Crestline Elementary School in Mountain Brook, then speaking to the Alabama Court Reporters Association later. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day…

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