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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