Wet Today; Colder Wednesday

| February 24, 2020 @ 5:44 am

WET MONDAY: An approaching upper trough will bring lots of rain to Alabama today along with some potential for thunder. There is very little surface based instability, and no severe storms are forecast here… although SPC does have a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) defined for areas just to the northwest, including Memphis. Temperatures will hold in the 50s over the northern half of the state today, and rain amounts should be in the 1/2 to 1 inch range. No flash flooding problems are anticipated. The rain will end from west to east tonight.

A slot of dry air will cover Alabama tomorrow… we are forecasting a mix of sun and clouds with a high in the mid 60s.

COLDER AIR WEDNESDAY: A cold front will pass through Alabama Wednesday morning; it could squeeze out a few showers over North Alabama, but moisture will be very limited, and most places won’t see any meaningful rain. Otherwise the day will be occasionally cloudy, breezy, and colder with a high between 48 and 52 degrees.

Thursday and Friday will be dry with cold mornings. Morning lows will be in the 25-30 degree range… the high Thursday will be close to 50, followed by low 50s Friday. These values are about ten degrees below average for late February in Alabama.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A disturbance passing down the back side of an upper trough over the eastern U.S. might squeeze out a few sprinkles or flurries Saturday morning, but with very little moisture for now it doesn’t look like anything significant, and most places will be dry Saturday with a mix of sun and clouds. The high will be in the low 50s. Then, on Sunday, the day will be sunny with a high in the upper 50s after a sub-freezing morning.

NEXT WEEK: Temperatures rise into the 60s Monday and Tuesday, and global models suggest the next rain event comes Tuesday night into Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

RAIN UPDATE: Birmingham’s official rain total for the month of February so far is 12.31″. That makes 2020 the third wettest February on record… behind February 1961 (17.67″) and February 1903 (15.86″). Current rain projections for the next seven days suggest February 2020 will most likely stay in third place.

ON THIS DATE IN 1969: The famous “100-Hour Storm” began in Boston, MA. Snow fell much of the time between early on the 25th through noon on the 28th. The 26.3 inches at Logan Airport is the 2nd greatest snowstorm in Boston’s history. 77 inches fell at Pinkham Notch Base Station in New Hampshire, bringing their February total to 130 inches. Their snow cover on the 27th was 164 inches. Mt. Washington, NH, received 172.8 inches of snow in the month.

BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute show anytime on your favorite podcast app. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

Snapchat: spannwx

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

Tags: , ,

Category: Alabama's Weather, ALL POSTS, Weather Xtreme Videos

About the Author ()

James Spann is one of the most recognized and trusted television meteorologists in the industry. He holds the AMS CCM designation and television seals from the AMS and NWA. He is a past winner of the Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year from both professional organizations.

Comments are closed.