Wet Tomorrow; Colder Wednesday

| March 4, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

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PLEASANT MONDAY: Temperatures are near 60 degrees across much of Alabama this afternoon; the actual range at mid-afternoon is from 52 at Fort Payne to 64 at Tuscaloosa. The sky is partly to mostly sunny as dry air remains in place.

ON THE MAPS: A strong disturbance moving through the Northern Plains is bringing blizzard conditions to parts of the Dakotas, and that will push eastward and will help to drag a cold front across Alabama tomorrow. Rain amounts tomorrow should be in the 1/4 to 1/2 inch range, and while there could be some elevated thunder, severe storms should not be a problem with no surface based instability.

ONE DAY SHOT OF COLDER AIR: We turn colder for one day on Wednesday; the sky becomes mostly sunny with a high around 50 degrees along with a chilly north wind. Then, by early Thursday, we will be below freezing with lows in the 27-32 degree range.

LATE WEEK WARM-UP: Thankfully the cold snap won’t last long. We warm into the upper 50s Thursday afternoon, followed by mid 60s Friday. The sky will be sunny each day Wednesday through Friday as dry air stays in place.

MILD WEEKEND: Sure looks nice here Saturday and Sunday. Lots of sun Saturday with a high in the upper 60s; we could touch 70 degrees Sunday with a mix of sun and clouds. The latest GFS run keeps the rain west of Alabama Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: The GFS finally brings in the next batch of showers Monday night, while the ECMWF holds off the rain until Wednesday. We will have to wait on future runs for better clarity.

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