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THIS AFTERNOON: On radar this afternoon a few showers are widely scattered across North Alabama ahead of a cold front approaching from the north. The showers are north of I-20, and should fade away this evening as they encounter drier and the sun does down, making the air more stable.
Temperatures are generally in the mid to upper 70s this afternoon, although some places up in the Tennessee Valley are in the 60s because of clouds and showers.
JACK FROST IN APRIL: Much cooler air blows into Alabama late tonight, we will start the day tomorrow in the 40 to 45 degree range. The sky will be brilliantly sunny tomorrow with a high in the 60s along with a cool north breeze.
No change in our thinking for early Thursday. Most places will see a low between 32 and 39 degrees with frost likely. The best chance of a freeze will be across the colder valleys of Northeast Alabama, but frost is likely down into Central Alabama, even in places south of Birmingham.
Frost advisories will be issued by the NWS offices in Huntsville and Birmingham for tomorrow night and early Thursday, and growers will need to protect tender vegetation that could be harmed by frost.
We should note the last time we had a low below 40 degrees was back on March 10, when the low in Birmingham was 37.
FRIDAY: I probably need to stress here that scattered light frost is also possible at daybreak Friday, mainly for the colder valleys of Northeast Alabama. Most places will see a low early Friday in the low 40s. The day will feature a good supply of sunshine with a high in the mid 70s.
OUR WEEKEND: The GFS is printing a high of 78 on Saturday, followed by 82 Sunday. Looks pretty good to us, and most of the weekend will be dry. We might consider a small risk of a shower late Sunday over West Alabama, but the 12Z GFS looks pretty dry statewide. The sky will be partly sunny both days with humidity levels slowly on the rise.
NEXT WEEK: The 12Z GFS is dry Monday, followed by a round of showers and storms late Tuesday and Tuesday night. Remains to be seen if there will be a severe weather; the 12Z GFS looks rather marginal, but we have to remember that this is mid-April and all systems like this have to be watched closely. See the Weather Xtreme video for more long range ideas and details.
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