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Clouds Stick Around; Much Colder This Weekend

| 6:14 am February 26, 2013

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MOSTLY CLOUDY: While the heavy rain is well east of here, the clouds will linger pretty much all day over the northern half of Alabama thanks to a deep, stacked low north of Memphis. That feature could squeeze out a little light rain or drizzle at times, especially north of I-20, and temperatures will hover in the 50s most of the day. And, the day will be windy with southwest winds of 12-25 mph, with occasionally higher gusts.

REST OF THE WEEK: We will forecast a mix of sun and clouds tomorrow and Thursday; the high tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 50s, but closer to 50 on Thursday as colder air begins to drop into the state.

COLD AIR BLOWS IN AS MARCH BEGINS: It sure won’t feel like spring this weekend; a deep, cold core upper low will move right over North Alabama Saturday. Ahead of that feature, the high will drop into the upper 40s Friday, and we are projecting a high Saturday only in the 40-45 degree range with a very chilly north wind. And, we will know some very strange things can happen with a cold core ULL, after all it is a weatherman’s woe. No doubt there will be snow showers underneath the low over Alabama Friday night and Saturday. Moisture will be limited, and with temperatures about ten degrees above freezing we don’t expect any really significant accumulation, but I would not be totally surprised if the ground turns white briefly in a few spots. The day will be windy, cold, and blustery.

We drop well down in the 20s early Sunday, and again Sunday afternoon we won’t reach 50 degrees. Any snow flurries Sunday should be confined to the Tennessee Valley of extreme North Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: We warm back into the 50s Monday, and a cold front will bring a chance of showers Tuesday. For now it doesn’t look like a big rain event. See the Weather Xtreme video for the details, graphics, and maps concerning long range ideas.

STORM ALERT 2013 COMES TO OHATCHEE TONIGHT: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama continues this week. We will share lessons learned after the April 27, 2011 generational tornado event, along with other amazing weather stories. Learn how to keep your family safe during severe weather, and have a chance to win some cool prizes as well. Here are the remaining Storm Alert tour dates…

TONIGHT February 26 Ohatchee – Ohatchee High School
Thursday February 28 Clay – Clay/Chalkville High School

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I will be doing a weather program this morning at Ohatchee Elementary School, and then tonight we will be at Ohatchee High School for Storm Alert 2013. This is a very busy week… we are programming NOAA Weather Radio receivers at Academy Sports in Hoover tomorrow from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m… Thursday night we have a Storm Alert 2013 program at Clay Chalkville High School, and Friday night I am live at a function at the BJCC in downtown Birmingham. Due to the travel schedule there will be just one Weather Xtreme video per day through Friday, but I will post forecast notes every afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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