**No Afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am at Academy sports in Gadsten at a WeatherRadio programming event**
A FEW ICE PELLETS: Despite a very dry air mass, a few sprinkles and patches of sleet developed across North Alabama this afternoon. Temperatures are in the 40s, well above freezing, and no issues are reported or expected. This light precipitation will be ending soon and most of tonight will be rain free.
Temperatures by daybreak tomorrow should be near the freezing mark across much of North Alabama, then a warm-up begins tomorrow afternoon with temperatures reaching the low 60s. The sky will stay generally cloudy, and southerly winds will increase by mid to late afternoon ahead of a major storm system across the Great Plains.
To the west, the Storm Prediction Center maintains a slight risk of severe weather over most of Louisiana and parts of Central and South Mississippi. We believe the storms will weaken as they move into Alabama tomorrow night since the air mass here will be relatively stable.
TOMORROW NIGHT/FRIDAY: Periods of rain and a few thunderstorms will be likely state wide; rain amounts of about 1 inch are likely, with isolated amounts to 2 inches.
There could be a break during part of the day Friday but rain should increase again Friday night as a wave of low-pressure develops along a nearly stalled frontal boundary nearby.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: For now it looks like most of North and Central Alabama will be rain free this weekend. Temperatures should peak in the 60s with a mix of sun and clouds both days. Any rain should be confined to the far southern part of the state, especially over Southeast Alabama near Dothan.
We will bring in another chance of showers and thunderstorms on Monday of next week ahead of a major storm system; some of those storms could be strong as the air will be relatively unstable. Too early to be specific about any potential severe weather risk.
See the morning Weather Xtreme video for thoughts on the longer-range; it looks like the month of March could get off to a cold start across the Deep South with even the GFS hinting at some snow opportunities for Alabama along the way. Winter isn’t over yet.
Don’t forget we are in Gadsden at Academy Sports; if you need help programming your WeatherRadio, bring it to us… We will be here until 630 this evening.
And, tomorrow night, we will be in Clanton for Storm Alert 2013, our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama. The show begins at 6:30 at Jefferson State Jr College.
Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7 AM tomorrow…
Category: Alabama's Weather