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Warm February Weather Ahead; A Few Spotty Showers

| February 21, 2023 @ 5:37 am

RADAR CHECK: We have a few showers over Central Alabama early this morning, and widely scattered showers will remain possible through the day with a mostly cloudy sky. Tomorrow will be generally dry with only a small risk of a shower, then we will bring back the risk of scattered showers over the northern half of the state Thursday and Friday. Nothing especially heavy, nothing widespread, no risk of severe storms. And, the southern third of the state will be mostly dry through the week thanks to a strong upper ridge over the Gulf of Mexico.

The big story is the warmth in coming days. Look for highs in the 70s today… we will be close to 80 tomorrow, followed by low 80s Thursday.

These are the record highs for Birmingham…

February 22 (tomorrow) 81 set in 1897 and 2018
February 23 (Thursday) 83 set in 2018 (also this is the warmest February temperature on record)

Other record highs across Alabama for Thursday (February 23)…

Montgomery 85 (2019)
Anniston 84 (1996)
Tuscaloosa 84 (1996)
Huntsville 83 (1996)
Mobile 82 (2022)

Friday will be much cooler for North Alabama as highs drop into the 55-60 degree range; highs will range from 65-75 across South Alabama.

NORTHERN U.S.: While the Deep South enjoys warm weather, a prolonged major winter storm will spread a large swath of heavy snow from the West Coast to the Northeast through Friday, and confidence is high that this winter storm will be extremely disruptive to travel, infrastructure, livestock, and recreation in affected areas.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The sky will be generally cloudy Saturday and Sunday over North/Central Alabama with some risk of scattered showers, but the southern counties will stay dry with some sun possible both days. Highs will be mostly in the 70s.

NEXT WEEK: A weather system could bring some potential for strong thunderstorms to Alabama by late Monday afternoon and Monday night, followed by a shot of dry air Tuesday and Wednesday. More rain is possible by Thursday… See the daily Weather Briefing video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1971: A tornado outbreak struck portions of the Lower Mississippi River Valley and the Southeastern United States on February 21–22. The two-day tornado outbreak produced at least 19 tornadoes, probably several more, primarily brief events in rural areas, and killed 123 people across three states. The tornadoes “virtually leveled” entire communities in the state of Mississippi, where the storms killed 107 people, injured 1,060, and hospitalized 454 others.

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

Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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