Warm Tomorrow; Snow Early Saturday For North Alabama

| March 10, 2022 @ 3:12 pm

WILD RIDE AHEAD: Get ready for a wild ride on the Alabama weather roller coaster. We are enjoying a beautiful day today with ample sunshine and temperatures in the 60s… we rise into the mid to upper 70s tomorrow with a mix of sun and clouds. It will be the warmest day of the week, but don’t get used to it. A sharp cold front will bring rain and storms to the state tomorrow night, and some of the storms could be severe over the southern half of the state. SPC has pulled the risk area northward a bit on their latest update; a “slight risk” (level 2/5) is now defined for areas south of a line from Citronelle to Prattville to Roanoke, and a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) extends as far north as Demopolis, Alabaster, and Jacksonville.

Storms across South Alabama could produce damaging winds and a few tornadoes… storms across Central Alabama will bring gusty winds as they pass through. The main window for severe storms in the risk areas will come from about 6:00 p.m. tomorrow until 2:00 a.m. Saturday.

SNOW TO START THE WEEKEND: Much colder air rushes into the state late tomorrow night, and the rain will change to snow over North Alabama during the pre-dawn hours Saturday. Snow amounts of 1-2 inches are a good possibility along and north of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden)… with 1/2 inch possible down to Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Anniston. The snow will accumulate on grassy areas; most roads will be wet… remember temperatures will approach 80 degrees tomorrow, and this will greatly limit accumulation potential.

But, remember that some icing is very possible on bridges across North Alabama early Saturday morning… highest chance of bridge icing is north of U.S. 278, but isolated slick spots could develop down to I-20.

The sky will clear during the day Saturday, but temperatures won’t get out of the 30s over the northern third of the state, with wind chill indices hovering around freezing all day thanks to an icy north wind.

Then, by Sunday morning, temperatures drop into the 17-24 degree range over North/Central Alabama… a very signifiant late season freeze. Growers will need to make preparations now for the cold. Some spots will be below freezing for 8-12 hours Saturday night, and freezing temperatures are likely down to the Gulf Coast.

Sunday will be a sunny day with a high in the 50s.

NEXT WEEK: Monday will be dry and warmer with a high in the 60s… showers return to the state Tuesday into Wednesday morning as an upper trough passes through. We will see highs in the 70s over the latter half of the week, and other system will likely bring showers or storms by Friday or Friday night. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1986: Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes hit Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. A total of 19 tornadoes occurred. Three of the tornadoes in Indiana reached F3 intensity. A densely populated subdivision of Southeast Lexington, Kentucky, was heavily damaged by a tornado. Twenty people were injured, and 900 homes were destroyed or demolished. A very strong thunderstorm downburst hit the Cincinnati area. At the Greater Cincinnati Airport, windows were blown out of the control tower, injuring the six controllers on duty.

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