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Frigid Friday

| 5:52 am February 1, 2013

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SUNNY, BUT COLD: A surge of Arctic air is moving into Alabama this morning in the wake of an Alberta Clipper. A few snow flakes fell during the pre-dawn hours over the northeast counties of the state, but there was no accumulation. We expect a good supply of sunshine today, but temperatures won’t rise much. We don’t expect to get past the low 40s along the I-20 corridor (Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston), and some folks up in the Tennessee Valley might have a tough time getting above freezing.

Tonight will feature a significant freeze; most communities around here will be in the 22-25 degrees at daybreak tomorrow, but some of the colder pockets could wind up in the upper teens.

QUICK WEEKEND CHANGES: A cold front will bring clouds into the state during the day tomorrow, and a little scattered light rain is possible late in the day into the evening hours. Needless to say, the air is very dry, so rain amounts should be light and spotty; under one tenth of an inch. Any snow with this band of precipitation should be northeast of Alabama. Then, on Sunday, sunshine returns in full force. Highs both tomorrow and Sunday will be in the mid 50s.

NEXT WEEK: The weather looks pretty calm. We might consider a small risk of a shower Tuesday with a weak disturbance, but amounts, if any, will be very light. We rise into the low 60s Tuesday, but highs back down slightly into the upper 50s Wednesday and Thursday. And, at the end of the week, another small risk of a shower will be needed on Friday (one week from today), but again it doesn’t look like a big deal for now.

The next decent chance of rain should come at some point over the following weekend, followed by another cold air shot. But, the pattern is progressive, so the cold air blasts won’t last long. See the Weather Xtreme video for all the maps, graphics, and details.

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