James Spann: Rain returns to Alabama this weekend

James Spann: Another freeze for most of Alabama Friday morning from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

COLD MARCH MORNING: Here are some temperatures across Alabama near daybreak this morning:

  • Morris — 26
  • Hueytown — 27
  • Gadsden — 27
  • Pell City — 28
  • Alexander City — 28
  • Bessemer — 29
  • Sylacauga — 29
  • Anniston — 30
  • Cullman — 30
  • Selma — 30
  • Talladega — 31
  • Heflin — 31
  • Birmingham — 32
  • Haleyville — 32
  • Fort Payne — 32
  • Marion — 32
  • Tuscaloosa — 34

A north wind of 5-10 mph is keeping frost from forming in most places, but it is also pushing wind chill index values down into the mid 20s. Today will feature a sunny sky, a cool north breeze, and a high in the low to mid 50s. Another freeze is likely tonight; a freeze warning is in effect for most of the state.

Low temperatures early tomorrow morning across north and central Alabama will be in the 25- to 32-degree range, with low 20s for colder spots. Widespread frost is likely with a nearly calm wind. Then, we warm into the low to mid 60s tomorrow afternoon with a sunny sky.

RAIN RETURNS OVER THE WEEKEND: A surface low will form west of the state Saturday and will pull moist air northward into our state. Clouds will increase with a risk of showers, but a decent part of the day should be dry with a high between 67 and 70 degrees. Rain becomes widespread across the state Saturday night and Sunday as a surface low passes over the northern counties of Alabama. Some thunder is possible, but this is not a setup for severe storms (the surface low needs to be farther north). Rain amounts will be in the 1- to 2-inch range, and the most widespread rain should come from about 7 p.m. Saturday through noon Sunday. The latest guidance does suggest, however, that some rain could linger into Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s high should be in the low to mid 60s.

NEXT WEEK: Another nor’easter forms on the Atlantic coast early in the week, and more cold air will be pulled down into Alabama. Most of the week will be dry with below-average temperatures; subfreezing lows are likely on several mornings.

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