CHANGES BEGIN TONIGHT: Rain becomes more likely across Alabama tonight into tomorrow morning; looks like the main window for rain will come from 7pm today through 9am tomorrow. This won’t be a heavy rain event, and I don’t think there will be any thunder; rain amounts will be generally 1/4? or less.
COLD AIR RETURNS: As the rain moves out tomorrow morning, colder air will blow into the state on brisk northwest winds of 15-30 mph. Temperatures will go the wrong way… we begin the day tomorrow with temperatures in the low 60s, but they will fall through the 50s during the day, perhaps reaching the upper 40s by late afternoon in some places. The strong northwest wind will make it feel colder.
The sky will clear tomorrow night, and a freeze is likely by daybreak Thursday with lows generally in the 27-32 degree range.
THURSDAY/FRIDAY: These two days will be sunny; the high Thursday will be only in the lower 50s, but we reach the 60s Friday. We should also mention Friday morning will cold with potential for another light freeze.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: No doubt we will mention a chance of showers Saturday and Sunday, but we do note the last few model runs have come in drier both days. A decent pool of moisture will be in place over the state, but there isn’t a big trigger for a large scale rain event, so for now we will just mention a chance of showers Saturday and Sunday, and we will fine tune the forecast as the weekend gets closer. I don’t think either day will be a “wash-out”. Highs will be in the 60s.
NEXT WEEK: The first half of the week looks dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 60s and lows in the upper 30s and low 40s. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1993: I was working at WBRC-TV in March 1993, and on March 11 I was nervously forecasting 5 to 8 inches of snow beginning the following evening, into the early morning hours of Saturday March 13. Considering it was the middle of March, and flowers were beginning to bloom, many didn’t believe the forecast. And, we got even more than the 5 to 8 inches. More tomorrow.