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Dry/Warmer Tomorrow; Some Snow Early Saturday

| March 9, 2022 @ 3:35 pm

COOL MARCH DAY: Temperatures are mostly in the 50s across Alabama this afternoon with a mostly cloudy sky; look for gradual clearing tonight with a low in the 38-42 degree range. Tomorrow will be noticeably warmer with a high in the mid to upper 60s along with a partly to mostly sunny sky.

The warming trend continues Friday… we reach the low to mid 70s with a mix of sun and clouds. Then, a cold front will bring rain and thunderstorms to the state Friday night. SPC maintains a “slight risk” (level 1/5) of severe thunderstorms for areas south of a line from Mobile to Phenix City… there is a “marginal risk” (level 2/5) as far north as Thomasville, Prattville, and Roanoke.

Storms Friday across South Alabama could produce strong winds, and a few tornadoes are possible as well. Severe storms are not expected over the northern half of the state at this point.

MARCH SNOW: Cold rushes in from the north after midnight Friday night, and the rain will change to snow across much of North Alabama. The latest guidance suggests snow amounts of 1-2 inches are possible over the northwest corner of the state around Florence/Muscle Shoals, elsewhere amounts should be under 1″ area areas north of I-20. The snow will accumulate on grassy areas, and amounts will be limited by warm soil temperatures (remember, we will be in the 70s Friday afternoon).

Temperatures early Saturday will drop into the 28-34 degree range, and there could be a few isolated slick spots on bridges across the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama. No travel impact is expected at this point for the I-20 corridor (Tuscaloosa-Birmingham-Anniston).

The sky will clear Saturday afternoon, but temperatures won’t get out of the 30s over the northern third of Alabama with wind chill indices hovering around the freezing mark all day. Then, a very significant late season freeze is likely by early Sunday morning with a clear sky and light wind. Freezing temperatures are likely all the way down to the Gulf Coast, and the range for North/Central Alabama will be from 18 to 25 degrees. Growers need to make preparations for this late season chill.

Sunday will be a sunny day with a high in the 50s as a warming trend begins.

NEXT WEEK: An upper trough will bring a chance of showers to the state Tuesday; then the weather looks dry and mild Wednesday and Thursday with highs rising into the 70s. Another system will bring rain and storms by late Friday or Friday night… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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