Clouds Hang Around; Brighter Tomorrow

| February 13, 2013 @ 5:58 am

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LOW CLOUDS/DRIZZLE TO START THE DAY: While the really significant, heavy rain is out of here, low clouds and fog continue over Alabama this morning with some scattered light rain and drizzle. We figure the clouds will hang tough all day with a high in the low to mid 50s. But, the sky becomes clear tonight as the surface low and upper trough move away from Alabama.

BRIGHTER WEATHER: The sun finally comes out tomorrow with a high near 60 degrees. Friday will be dry as well with a partly sunny sky; a cold front will come through in dry fashion; up in the Tennessee Valley their high Friday will be close to 50, but we should see mid to upper 50s here (the I-20/59 corridor).

QUICK HITTING ARCTIC BLAST SATURDAY: A deep upper trough will bring a one day shot of very cold air into Alabama Saturday. The northern third of the state won’t get out of the 30s with an icy north wind along with a mix of sun and clouds. Strong forcing with the trough could squeeze out a few snow flurries, but with very limited moisture we don’t expect anything really significant for now. And, by early Sunday with a clear sky and diminishing wind, we figure most places will drop into the 20 to 25 degree range, with potential for upper teens across the colder valleys of North Alabama.

But, we begin to warm up Sunday afternoon as we rise into the 50s with a sunny sky.

NEXT WEEK: A strong disturbance will bring a round of rain and storms into the state after midnight Monday night into Tuesday. I doubt if there is enough time for the air to recover for any significant severe weather threat, but we will keep an eye on things. Rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch look likely with this feature.

LONG RANGE: Out in the land of voodoo the GFS advertises a very active pattern for Alabama, with strong storm systems blowing through with rain and storms Feb 21, 24, and 27. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

STORM ALERT 2013: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama continues through February. We will share lessons learned after the April 27, 2011 generational tornado event, along with other amazing weather stories. Learn how to keep your family safe during severe weather, and have a chance to win some cool prizes as well. Here are the remaining Storm Alert tour dates…

February 21 Clanton – Jeff State Performing Arts Center
February 26 Ohatchee – Ohatchee High School
February 28 Clay – Clay/Chalkville High School

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