Cool, Wet Weather To Start The New Year

| December 31, 2012 @ 6:12 am

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First off thanks to Brian Peters, Bill Murray, J.B. Elliott, and the rest of the gang for allowing me a little down time last week. Wasn’t as long as expected due to the Christmas Day severe weather outbreak, but it was a nice break and appreciated.

RAIN ON THE WAY: Clouds will thicken across Alabama today ahead of a storm system that will bring rain to the state late tonight and tomorrow. While there might be a rumble of thunder over South Alabama tomorrow, the air will be cool and stable, and there is no chance of severe weather. Just a rainy day to start 2013. Rain amounts of 1/2 to 3/4 inch are likely before the rain tapers off tomorrow night.

REST OF THE WEEK: Winds aloft will remain out of the southwest, and the next impulse will bring more rain to Alabama late Wednesday, Wednesday night, and early Thursday. The best chance of rain with this feature will come along and south of I-59, with rain totals around here generally on the light side. The best chance of rain will come from about 9pm Wednesday through 6am Thursday. Again, no threat of severe weather and not cold enough for any winter weather issues. Not sure we see any sunshine Thursday, but we will finally get clearing by Thursday night.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Cold and dry weather is the story. We won’t get out of the 40s Friday despite a sunny sky, and temperatures will drop well down into the 20s by daybreak Saturday. The weekend will feature a good supply of sunshine Saturday and Sunday, but temperatures will remain chilly; we will have a hard time moving past 50 degrees both days.

THE LAND OF VOODOO: Snow fans are wanting to know if they have a shot at seeing flakes flying somewhere in Alabama anytime soon. Remember, Alabama is a low latitude state, and snow is NOT a “normal” thing here. And, for now, modeling does not offer any winter weather threats for Alabama through mid-January. We usually have one or two decent snow threats per winter, and most of them tend to come in January, February, or the first week or two or March. I fully expect a decent threat or two this season, but again, no sign of it in the short term. See the Weather Xtreme video for details.

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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.

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