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A Slow Warm-Up Ahead

| December 1, 2008 @ 2:40 pm | 9 Replies

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RIGHT NOW: We are still seeing snow showers and snow flurries on radar this afternoon, generally along and east of I-65. I drove through some very light snow on the way in to work early this afternoon. Scroll down for lots of excellent snow pictures from our readers; seems like most of the light accumulation today was around the U.S. 278 corridor, or along a line from Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden. Some school systems in Northeast Alabama shut down today due to the possibility of icy bridges over high terrain, but overall the system behaved as expected.

We will become clear tonight as the trough axis moves to the east; most spots will wind up in the 25 to 29 degree range by daybreak tomorrow. We will warm to near 50 degrees tomorrow, and around 60 on Wednesday as a slow warming trend kicks in. Dry air means lots of sunshine both days.

NEXT RAIN: Still looks a chance of rain between around 12:00 midnight Wednesday night and 12:00 noon Thursday; with only limited moisture I figure most spots will see a quarter inch of rain, or less. Sure doesn’t look like a big event. Then, more cool and dry air will flow in here for Thursday night and Friday.

WEEKEND PEEK: The 12Z GFS looks really dry for Saturday, and for now I think we can drop any mention of rain with just a few scattered clouds. Temperatures will remain cool, with highs mostly in the 50 to 55 degree range, and lows down around freezing.

INTO THE LAND OF VOODOO: The GFS continues the idea of a decent rain event one week from tomorrow, Tuesday December 9. Then, toward mid-month, the model is suggesting a wet period for Alabama as we are right between the cold Polar trough to the north, and a sub-tropical ridge to the south. The model shows a surface boundary meandering around here, which could mean a shot at some beneficial rain. Not a bad thing considering that we have a rain deficit for 2008.

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Be sure and scroll down to see some great images sent to us by our readers… some really beautiful scenes on this first day of meteorological winter. I will have the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m tomorrow…

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