James Spann: Another Freeze tonight; then a warming trend in Alabama

COLD MARCH AFTERNOON: Temperatures are 25-30 degrees below average across the great state of Alabama this afternoon despite sunshine in full supply… we are seeing readings mostly in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

Another freeze warning is in effect tonight. Most places will see a low between 22 and 26 degrees, but with a clear sky and calm wind, colder pockets will have a good chance of reaching the upper teens. Birmingham’s record low for March 16 is 23 set in 1916… we will be very close to that level.

A warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon as we rise into the mid 50s with a sunny sky. It won’t be as cold tomorrow night, although some of the traditionally colder spots could see a freeze early Friday morning. Then, the high Friday afternoon will be well up in the 60s with a mix of sun and clouds.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be a cloudy day with a high in the 60s, and we will mention the chance of a few passing rain showers thanks to a surface front approaching from the north. With limited moisture and little upper support, rain amounts should be light, generally under 1/4 inch. Then, Sunday looks very nice with ample sunshine and a high in the 60s.

NEXT WEEK: The warming trend continues as we hit the 70s Monday afternoon. We will introduce the chance of a few showers Tuesday with another surface boundary, but again rain amounts should be light and spotty. A stronger system could impact the state later in the week; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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