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Cool, Wet Weather Continues

| 6:21 am April 14, 2016

PERIODS OF RAIN: Some of the heaviest rain at daybreak is over Southeast Alabama, with light to moderate showers showing up over the northern half of the state…

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An upper low west of the state will keep us cloudy and cool with occasional showers through tonight. We stay in the 60s today, well below the average high of 74 for April 14.

TOMORROW: A cold air damming pattern (CAD) will bring cooler air into the eastern counties of the state, where they will hold in the cool 50s most of the day. Periods of mostly light rain will continue; additional rain totals from now through tomorrow night will be close to 1/2 inch for the northern half of the state, with amounts closer to 1 inch for South Alabama.

SATURDAY: CAD patterns often take longer to break down that models suggest, and no doubt there is a good chance clouds will linger into Saturday morning. And, the high resolution (4km) NAM and European (ECMWF) models suggest we will need to hang on to some risk of lingering showers. and we will lean in that direction in the forecast. The high Saturday afternoon will be in the 67-70 degree range.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Delightful weather for Alabama, with sunny warm days, and clear pleasant nights. We reach the mid 70s Sunday, followed by 80 degree warmth Monday and Tuesday.

Showers should return toward the end of next week, but no sign of any severe weather problems around here. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: The big event is coming up at the Barber Motorsports Park April 22-24… too early for a specific forecast, but at this point the weather looks warm and rather showery. Get ticket information here.

AT THE BEACH: Occasional showers and storms will continue through tomorrow, but the weekend will be brighter with sunshine returning Saturday and Sunday. The dry weather continues into early next week with highs generally in the 70s on the immediate coast… See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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I have a weather program today at Coldwater Elementary School in Calhoun County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Cool, Wet Weather Through Friday

| 3:23 pm April 13, 2016

RADAR CHECK: Light rain is falling over parts of Central Alabama this afternoon… otherwise the sky is cloudy with temperatures in the 60s.

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TONIGHT/TOMORROW: A wave of low pressure on a stalled surface front to the south will mean cool, wet weather with periods of rain, and possibly a thunderstorm. Additional rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are expected, and while there could be some thunder, there won’t be a severe weather threat. A cold air damming (CAD) pattern setting up means some East Alabama communities will hold in the 50s all day tomorrow; highs will be in the 60s elsewhere.

FRIDAY: Cloudy, cool weather continues. The “wedge” front pushes deeper into Alabama, and most places along and east of I-65 won’t make it out of the 50s. Some patchy light rain will linger, but amounts should be fairly light.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Clouds could linger over parts of the state Saturday morning, but the sky becomes sunny by afternoon as the CAD pattern breaks down. Sunshine will be out in full force Sunday. Highs will be in the 60s Saturday, followed by mid 70s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: The overall pattern looks pretty quiet as an upper ridge builds; the high will be around 80 each day for much of the week. A few showers are possible by Wednesday or Thursday, but it certainly doesn’t look like a big event. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Showers and storms continue at times through Friday, but the weekend will be brighter with sunshine returning Saturday and Sunday; highs from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach will remain mostly in the 70s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: The big event at the Barber Motorsports Park is April 22-24… too early for a specific forecast, but the pattern favors mild to warm temperatures. Get ticket information here.

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I had a great time today visiting with the 1st graders at Margaret Elementary in St. Clair County… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Good Soaking Tonight

| 3:31 pm April 11, 2016

RADAR CHECK: Rain has become widespread across the northern half of the state this afternoon; thunderstorms are over the western counties…

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Rain and storms will continue across Alabama tonight with rain amounts of around one inch for most places. The overall severe weather threat is very low with a stable airmass.

TOMORROW: Rain and storms will end during the morning hours, and by tomorrow afternoon most of the rain will be over South Alabama, where SPC has defined a “marginal risk” of severe storms…

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A few peeks of sunshine are possible tomorrow afternoon over the northern half of the state, and the high will be in the 67 to 70 degree range.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: The surface front will remain stationary over South Alabama, and it will drift back and forth as a couple of waves move along the front. This means the sky will be generally cloudy on these days, and there will be a risk of scattered showers. Nothing too heavy, and the most widespread rain will most likely come over South Alabama. Highs both days will fall between 65 and 70 degrees for most communities.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: A drier airmass will drop into the state Friday, and it looks generally dry at this point, and the weekend looks delightful, with sunny mild days and clear nights. We reach the mid 70s Saturday, and have potential for upper 70s Sunday as high pressure aloft builds in.

NEXT WEEK: Warm, dry weather is the story Monday and Tuesday; there will be a risk of showers during the latter half of the week, but for now we see no evidence of a really big rain event, or a severe weather threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Generally cloudy weather continues on the coast through Friday with some risk of showers and storms each day from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores, but the weekend ahead looks great with sunshine returning in full force. Highs will stay mostly in the 70s… See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it live here.

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I had a great time today visiting with the first graders at Elvin Hill Elementary in Columbiana… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Rain Returns To Alabama Tonight

| 6:14 am April 11, 2016

WET WEATHER AHEAD: After a delightful weekend, clouds return to Alabama today; most communities will see a high in the low to mid 70s this afternoon. West of the state, active weather is likely; there is an “enhanced risk” of severe storms around the Ark-La-Tex region.

While some rain could reach West Alabama this afternoon, showers and storms will become widespread tonight. There is a “marginal risk” of severe storms for extreme West Alabama after midnight, but the overall severe weather threat looks low with the main upper support well to the north, and very little surface based instability.

A surface low will move right through North Alabama, and it should be a good soaking, with rain amounts of around one inch likely.

TOMORROW: Showers and storms should end during the morning, with most of the activity shifting down into South Alabama by afternoon, where SPC has a “marginal risk” of severe storms defined.

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The high tomorrow afternoon will be close to 70, and we might see a few intervals of sun late in the day.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: The surface front will be stationary over South Alabama, and with a wave of low pressure forming along the front, we will need to mention some risk of showers on these two days. Nothing especially heavy or widespread, but just understand a shower is possible from time to time. The sky will feature more clouds than sun, and the highs should be in the 68-72 degree range.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: The weather looks very nice, with mostly sunny days and clear nights. The high Friday will be in the low 70s, followed by mid to upper 70s this weekend.

NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues Monday and Tuesday, followed by a chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday with an approaching upper trough. A good chance we see low 80s early in the week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: The weather on the Gulf Coast this week from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores will be unsettled; very little sunshine through Friday with some risk of showers and storms on a daily basis. But, the weekend looks great with sunshine back in full force Saturday and Sunday. Highs will remain mostly in the 70s; the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 68 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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I have a weather program this morning at Elvin Hill Elementary in Columbiana… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Severe Weather Risk Today – South Alabama

| 5:59 am April 1, 2016

RADAR CHECK: There is a broad mass of showers and storms early this morning from near Pensacola to Atlanta…

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We note Covington County in far South Alabama is under a severe thunderstorm warning, issued at 5:41.

The severe weather risk today is primarily for the southern half of the state; SPC has the standard “slight risk” defined south of a line from Thomasville to Prattville to Lafayette…

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The main threat today will come from straight line thunderstorm winds and some hail. We should also mention a flash flood watch remains in effect today for most of the state, except the Tennessee Valley.

Showers and storms this morning will be mostly confined to South Alabama, but high resolution model data shows the rain mass moving northward, reaching I-20 late this afternoon. Some rain is likely for places like Birmingham, Anniston, and Tuscaloosa in the 3pm – 10pm time frame. No severe storms, but some thunder is possible. The day will be mostly cloudy with a high in the 70s.

THE WEEKEND: Dry air returns, and we expect sunshine in full supply tomorrow and Sunday with a high both days in the mid 60s. Sunday morning will be pretty cold with a low in the 37-43 degree range; colder valleys will see low to mid 30s with some frost. Growers beware.

NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues Monday and Tuesday with pleasant afternoons and cool nights. Next chance of rain comes Wednesday night into Thursday morning thanks to a passing cold front; some thunderstorms are possible, but at this time the risk of severe weather looks low. Then, a pretty cool airmass will follow, and the GFS continues to suggest we will see lows by Friday morning (April 8) in the 30-35 degree range. Another situation growers and gardeners will need to monitor in coming days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Showers/storms are likely today, but the weather improves over the weekend with returning sunshine. Dry weather holds into early next week… See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

STORM SPOTTER TRAINING: Storm Spotter Xtreme is coming up Saturday, April 9 at the BJCC from 9am to 2pm. This will feature both the basic and advanced SKYWARN classes, along with a session from Kevin Laws of the Birmingham NWS office. And, if you come, you get free admission to the Alabama International Auto Show, going on at the BJCC that same day. There is no cost and no need to register. Just show up with a curious mind. Kids 10 and older will also enjoy this if they love weather and want to learn more. Please help us make the severe weather warning process better!

We will also offer a basic class at the Helena Civic Center next Tuesday (April 5) at 6:30.

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I have a weather program this morning at Englewood Elementary in Tuscaloosa… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Most Widespread Rain Over West Alabama

| 6:15 am March 11, 2016

RADAR CHECK: Rain is falling in spots over West Alabama this morning around sunrise… the eastern counties are generally dry.

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Only three counties in Alabama are under a flash flood watch…Choctaw, Washington, and Mobile (down in the southwest corner of the state). Many counties and parishes in Mississippi and Louisiana are under flash flood warnings.

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While a few showers are certainly possible over East Alabama today and tonight… the most widespread and heaviest rain will stay over the western counties, generally west of I-65. No severe weather or major flooding issues are expected over the northern half of the state; but flooding is a very real possibility for far Southwest Alabama, where the flash flood watch is in effect.

Bottom line… if you are in places like Tuscaloosa, Haleyville, Fayette, Greensboro, or Demopolis, today will be pretty wet, but if you are in Anniston, Gadsden, Ashland, or Talladega, just a few scattered showers. The high today should be in the mid 70s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The upper low, now over far South Texas, will lift out. Most guidance still suggests a decent part of the day tomorrow will be dry, at least during the morning. Understand, we do expect showers, but the most widespread rain remains west of the state. Then, coverage of showers and storms should increase late tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night as dynamic support increases.

Showers and storms should end Sunday from west to east as the upper trough pulls away from Alabama. The sky will remain cloudy, and afternoon temperatures reach the 70s again.

NEXT WEEK: Only a small risk of a shower Monday, and Tuesday looks warm and dry with a high around 80 degrees. Forecast confidence in the mid-week period is lower than usual due to inconsistent model output; the latest GFS runs are now showing no rain for Wednesday night/Thursday. Still looks like considerably cooler air will arrive toward the end of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Rain and storms are likely today for Dauphin Island, Gulf Shores, and Pensacola Beach, with showers more scattered in nature down toward Destin and Panama City Beach. A risk of showers/storms will continue into part of the weekend… See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

STORM SPOTTER TRAINING: We are offering basic SKYWARN training at several locations across North/Central Alabama in March, followed by the big event, Storm Spotter Xtreme on Saturday, April 9 at the BJCC from 9am to 2pm. This will feature both the basic and advanced SKYWARN classes, along with a session from Kevin Laws of the Birmingham NWS office. And, if you come, you get free admission to the Alabama International Auto Show, going on at the BJCC that same day. There is no cost and no need to register. Just show up with a curious mind. Kids 10 and older will also enjoy this if they love weather and want to learn more. Please help us make the severe weather warning process better!

We will be in Cullman Tuesday evening.

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I have a weather program today at Myrtlewood Elementary in Tuscaloosa County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Wet Thursday For Alabama

| 6:09 am March 3, 2016

RAIN MOVING IN: A large mass of rain is pushing into Northwest Alabama this morning…

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Expect some sleet as the rain begins due to evaporative cooling; the sleet won’t last long.

Needless to say, this will be a wet day for the state with some thunder possible, but no severe storms. Rain amounts will be around 1/2 inch, and the rain will end from northwest to southeast by mid to late afternoon. Temperatures won’t rise much today due to the clouds and rain, most places north of Birmingham will hold in the 40s all day.

TOMORROW: Clouds could linger into the morning hours, but the sky becomes sunny by midday as dry air takes over; the tomorrow tomorrow afternoon will be in the mid 50s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Delightful weather with sunny days, fair nights, and a warming trend. Expect a high in the mid 60s Saturday, followed by upper 60s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Looks like the warmest overall week this year, with highs up in the 70s. We stay dry Monday and Tuesday, and the latest GFS runs have tended to keep the bulk of the rain and storms west of the state on into Wednesday, Thursday, and maybe even Friday. Some big rain amounts and flooding issues could develop over states like Louisiana and Arkansas, but most of that should stay to the west. Showers and storms finally push into Alabama the following weekend (March 12-13)… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Rain is likely later today and tonight, but the weather looks very nice tomorrow through the weekend along the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores. Sunny days, fair nights, and highs in the 60s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

STORM SPOTTER TRAINING: We are offering basic SKYWARN training at four locations across North/Central Alabama in March and April, followed by the big event, Storm Spotter Xtreme on Saturday, April 9 at the BJCC from 9am to 2pm. This will feature both the basic and advanced SKYWARN classes, along with a session from Kevin Laws of the Birmingham NWS office. And, if you come, you get free admission to the Alabama International Auto Show, going on at the BJCC that same day. There is no cost and no need to register. Just show up with a curious mind. Kids 10 and older will also enjoy this if they love weather and want to learn more. Please help us make the severe weather warning process better!

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I am doing a weather program today at Opelika Middle School… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Rain Ends Tonight

| 2:45 pm February 15, 2016

RADAR CHECK: Lots of rain, and a little thunder, across North/Central Alabama this afternoon, but temperatures are cool and the air is stable…

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Severe storms have developed, as expected, over the southern part of the state today, and a number of warnings remain in effect…

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A tornado watch remains in effect for South Alabama until 9:00 p.m… severe storms remain possible mainly south of U.S. 80, or south of a line from Demopolis to Selma to Montgomery to Opelika.

Rain will end from northwest to southeast tonight as a surface front sweeps through the state, pulling in drier air.

TOMORROW: We project a high between 57 and 60 degrees tomorrow with a mix of sun and clouds; a clipper will bring an increase in clouds late in the day, and it could squeeze out a little light rain over the northern third of the state during the evening hours, but moisture will be very limited, and rain amounts should be light and spotty.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Dry weather is the story with mostly sunny days and fair nights. The high Wednesday will be in the mid to upper 50s, but we rise into the low 60s Thursday, and then we approach 70 degrees Friday afternoon. It will be a nice preview of spring.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A weak front approaching from the north could trigger a few showers over the northern third of the state Saturday, but a decent part of the day should be dry with a high in the 67-70 degree range. Then, on Sunday, the front sags south and stalls, so the day will feature more clouds than sun, and the risk of a few rain showers. The weather stays mild with a high in the low to mid 60s Sunday afternoon.

NEXT WEEK: Showers remain possible early in the week… and the chance of rain could continue through mid-week as another wave pushes in from the west. And, no sign of any really cold air for the rest of February. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I had a great time today visiting the kids at C.J. Donald Elementary in Fairfield… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Rain Changing To Light Snow Today

| 6:32 am January 22, 2016

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: No changes in the “winter weather advisory” from the National Weather Service offices in Birmingham and Huntsville; it is in effect basically for areas north of a line from Tuscaloosa to Calera to Roanoke. Remember, for the Birmingham NWS office the criteria for an advisory is snow 1/4″ to 2″.

RIGHT NOW: Showers, and even a few thunderstorms, continue over Alabama at daybreak…

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Temperatures are generally in the low 50s, and as we have discussed in recent days, they will go the wrong way today. We fall through the 40s, and wind up in the 30s this afternoon as cold air rushes into the state. Dynamic cooling from the very deep upper trough will also be a factor.

RAIN TO SNOW: We have adjusted the timing a bit on the projected change from rain to light snow based on radar trends; snow should begin to fall up in the Shoals area of far Northwest Alabama around 8:00 a.m. The rain/snow line will work eastward during the day as temperatures fall.

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IMPORTANT NOTES….

*Temperatures are not expected to drop below freezing until tonight. Initially during the day, roads will be just wet with temperatures in the mid to upper 30s. The possible exception is far Northwest Alabama, where icy travel could begin around Muscle Shoals by afternoon. Slick spots are possible on roads tonight, especially after 9:00 (for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden).

*Slick spots/icy patches will remain possible through about mid-morning tomorrow; conditions will improve by midday tomorrow as temperatures rise into the mid to upper 30s.

*Much of the snow will come in the form of convective showers, much like rain showers on summer afternoons. This means the distribution will not be even, and snow amounts will vary greatly. Some will get nothing, others will see the ground go white very quickly. No way of resolving where the heavier snow showers develop. For most of North/Central Alabama, some will see 1 inch, others will see nothing, and most will see something in between.

*As the cold core upper trough swings through here late today and tonight, expect a surprise or two; these things are always interesting and can do things you don’t expect.

NORTHEAST OF ALABAMA: A major winter storm will unfold, with a blizzard warning up for the Washington/Baltimore area…

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Travel will become difficult, and in many areas impossible, in the heavier snow zones later today and tonight.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Tomorrow will be breezy and cold with a few lingering morning snow flurries; we won’t get of of the 30s. Sunday morning will be cold with a low in the lower 20s, but we rise to near 50 degrees by afternoon with a good supply of sunshine.

NEXT WEEK: Monday will be dry and warmer… some places could reach 60 degrees. Then, showers are possible Tuesday thanks to a passing cold front, followed by colder air Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Active Weather Pattern Continues

| 6:29 am January 20, 2016

THIS MORNING: The NWS Huntsville is maintaining the “winter weather advisory” for far North Alabama; Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Jackson, and DeKalb Counties. However, temperatures are generally above freezing, and so far there have been no ice issues in our state. If we have any freezing rain, it will most likely come over Jackson and DeKalb Counties, where temperatures are colder. And, even there problems will be pretty limited, and of very short duration.

Otherwise, today will be cloudy with a chance of some light rain at times; we rise into the upper 40s this afternoon.

TOMORROW/TOMORROW NIGHT: A deepening surface low will move from near Shreveport to Tupelo, and a warm front will lift slowly northward through Alabama. Rain is likely tomorrow, and thunderstorms are possible tomorrow night as the surface low gets closer. We note SPC has now defined a “marginal” severe weather risk for extreme West Alabama late tomorrow and tomorrow night, with the standard “slight” risk to the west…

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Seems like the core severe weather threat will come over Louisiana and South Mississippi; instability values will be very limited over Alabama tomorrow night. Still, we will watch radar trends closely. This will be a good rain event for the state, with most communities seeing one inch.

FRIDAY: The surface low moves northeast of Alabama, and the big eastern U.S. snow storm begins. Here at home, the day will be cloudy and breezy with some lingering light rain. Temperatures at daybreak should be in the 50s, but they fall through the 40s, reaching the 30s by afternoon as strong cold air advection begins. And, as the cold air arrives, the light rain should change to light snow or snow flurries by mid to late afternoon.

We will maintain the risk of flurries Friday night; accumulation potential remains low, and no impact is expected. I do believe high terrain locations over East and Northeast Alabama could see enough snow to make the ground white; if you really need to build a snow man, I would suggest Cheaha State Park, Alabama’s highest mountain (just south of Anniston). They might see an inch or two at their elevation, which is 2,400 feet.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be cold, breezy, and blustery with a risk of light morning snow flurries. Temperatures will have a hard time getting past the mid 30s, and the wind chill index will stay below freezing all day. We will drop into the low 20s by daybreak Sunday.

Then, during the day Sunday, we will warm to near 50 degrees with sunshine in full supply.

EASTERN U.S. SNOW: Snow amounts of two feet will be possible through parts of West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland Friday and Saturday. Baltimore and Washington will receive over one foot of snow, and travel in this region will become difficult, if not impossible. The snow expands up into Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston as well later in the weekend. This will be a high impact event for this big population corridor.

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NEXT WEEK: Looks like some light rain is possible Monday night and Tuesday, possibly into Wednesday. No sign of any winter weather mischief for Alabama, and with the Arctic Oscillation and North Atlantic Oscillation trending positive later in the month, we might see a spell of “winter warmth” around the first of February with highs up in the 60s for a few days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have a weather program today at Bluff Park Elementary School in Hoover… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!