James Spann: Another frigid night for Alabama, but warmer days ahead

SUB-FREEZING AFTERNOON: Temperatures are mostly in the 20s across Alabama this afternoon; the average high for Birmingham on Jan. 17 is 54. At least the sun is shining brightly as dry air has moved into our state after a messy 24-hour period of snow and ice. Visible satellite imagery shows the snow cover nicely:

We project a low between 12 and 18 degrees for most places early tomorrow, but where snow cover lingers, a few spots could reach the single digits again. The lowest temperature I saw this morning was 2 degrees, atop Chandler Mountain in St. Clair County near Steele.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The weather will be dry on these four days with a warming trend. We reach the low 40s tomorrow, and low 50s Friday with a good supply of sunshine. Saturday will be a sunny day with a high in the mid to upper 50s, and low 60s are likely by Sunday with a partly to mostly sunny sky.

NEXT WEEK: A deep low will develop over the Great Lakes Sunday night, and the trailing cold front will bring a band of showers into Alabama Monday. Some thunder is possible, but for now no severe weather is expected with the lack of instability and weak dynamic support. Rain amounts Monday should be around one-half inch.

Then, dry, cool weather is the story for the rest of the week with highs mostly in the 50s and lows in the 30s, right at seasonal averages for late January in Alabama.

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