Cold Tonight; Then A Warm-Up Begins

| March 6, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

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TOO COLD FOR MARCH: Temperatures are generally in the 40s across North-Central Alabama this afternoon, a good 20 degrees below average for March 6 (we should see a high in the mid 60s this time of the year). Clouds have been hanging tough over the northern third of the state; elsewhere the sky is blue and sunny.

A freeze is ahead tonight… we project lows early tomorrow in the 24-29 degree range. But, the good news, a warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The high tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 50s, followed by mid 60s Friday. The weekend will be very mild; the GFS is printing 70 on Saturday, and 73 Sunday afternoon for Birmingham. Lots of sun both days; just a few scattered clouds Sunday along with an increasing south wind ahead of a developing storm system over the Great Plains.

NEXT WEEK: The 12Z runs of the GFS and the ECMWF agree the next round of showers and storms for Alabama will come Monday afternoon into Monday night. Rain amounts of 1/2 to one inch can be expected, and while a strong storm is certainly possible, the lack of surface based instability for now makes the severe weather threat look low around here.

Drier air arrives Tuesday with clearing sky; the sun returns in full force on Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for the details, maps, and graphics….

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