James Spann: Frigid morning for Alabama, but warmer days ahead

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TOO COLD FOR MARCH: Here are some temperatures just before sunrise across Alabama:

  • Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) — 16
  • Centre — 18
  • Valley Head — 18
  • Fort Payne — 19
  • Gadsden — 19
  • Cullman — 20
  • Heflin — 20
  • Sycamore — 20
  • Anniston — 22
  • Cottondale — 23
  • Alexander City — 23
  • Concord — 25
  • Center Point — 26
  • Coker — 26
  • Birmingham Airport — 27
  • Greenville — 29
  • Evergreen — 29
  • Tuscaloosa — 31
  • Gulf Shores — 35

WARMING TREND BEGINS LATER TODAY: We rise into the mid 50s this afternoon with a good supply of sunshine as we begin to dig out of the deep freeze. Tonight will be cold, but not as cold as recent nights, with most places seeing a low in the 35- to 39-degree range early tomorrow. But colder pockets over the eastern half of the state will probably see another freeze. Tomorrow will be dry with a mix of sun and clouds; temperatures reach the mid to upper 60s, back to where we should be in mid-March, based on averages.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We need to mention a chance of showers Saturday thanks to a cold front; data from the high-resolution North American Mesoscale suggests the best chance of rain will come from 5 a.m. until noon. With limited moisture and weak dynamics, rain amounts should be one-quarter inch or less for most communities. The sun could break out Saturday afternoon, and the high will be in the mid 60s. Sunday will feature a good supply of sunshine, with a high in the low 60s.

NEXT WEEK: There’s a good chance temperatures exceed 70 degrees Monday with a good deal of sunshine. Clouds increase Tuesday, and a few showers are possible Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night with another front approaching from the north. Again, moisture will be limited and it doesn’t look like a big rain event. A stronger system will impact the state late in the week.

STORM SPOTTER TRAINING: We will be on the road through early April offering free storm spotter classes. We need more trained spotters in Alabama; by attending you can make the severe weather warning process better. No need to register; just come with a curious mind. And there is no age limit; kids who love weather will enjoy it. You will never look at a storm the same again. We will be in Clanton this evening; the class begins at 6:30 at Jefferson State Community College’s Chilton campus.

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