Read ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist James Spann's weather update on the freeze warning for much of the state late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.
From Spann on the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog:
LONG NIGHT AHEAD FOR GROWERS:
We are still projecting lows in the 25 to 35 degree range for most of North-Central Alabama early tomorrow morning with a clear sky and light wind. The colder readings will be in the lower valleys some of the ridgetops will stay above freezing, but even there frost is likely. A freeze warning remains in effect for most of Alabama, and many communities will be below freezing for around 3 hours, generally between 4 and 7 a.m.
Birmingham's record low for April 16, 32 set in 1983, is very much in danger. This won't be the latest freeze on record, however that came on April 23, 1986 when the low in Birmingham was 30.
Chilton County Peach Farmer Paul Knight told ABC 33/40 News today
"The freeze that we had a couple of weeks ago wiped out about 40% of the early crops for Chilton County, and a freeze tonight could bring that number up to a 60% loss. Some farms in lower elevations could be wiped out completely. The early crop is where farmers make most of their money due to demands on the market. He also said that the real damage may not show up for weeks or even months from now. And if the temperatures stay below freezing for more than an hour they could see a total loss on all crops."
Tomorrow will be a sunny day with a high in the mid 60s as a warming trend begins.
We need to mention that we expect mid to upper 30s across the colder pockets of North/Central Alabama at daybreak Thursday, and some frost is possible. Won't be as cold as early tomorrow, but growers need to be aware of the potential.
Thursday will be another sunny day with a high in the upper 60s.
SOME RAIN FRIDAY:
A disturbance will bring the risk of showers to Alabama Friday, but with weak dynamics and limited moisture, rain should be light and spotty. Amounts will be generally under 1/4 inch, and a decent part of the day will be dry.
Looks very nice. Mostly sunny mild days, fair cool nights. Highs in the mid 70s, lows in the 50s.
We will bring in the chance of some rain early next week on Monday, but at this point it doesn't look like a heavy rain or severe weather threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.
From Spann on the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog:
MORE LIKE JANUARY:
This won't be a "Chamber of Commerce" kind of day around here as strong north winds of 15-30 mph usher in much colder air. Places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston will struggle to reach the low to mid 50s today, and many communities to the north of these cities won't get out of the 40s.
We begin the day with clouds and some drizzle; we will forecast gradual clearing this afternoon. But, it will be a raw day.
FREEZE WARNING TONIGHT:
Most of Alabama is under a freeze warning for late tonight and early tomorrow. Not much change in our thinking; the sky will become clear tonight and the wind will die down, setting up a late season freeze.
The range tomorrow morning for most communities will be from around 25 to 35 degrees. The colder readings will be in valleys; some ridge tops will avoid a freeze with mid 30s, but even there frost is likely. It is possible some of the coldest places (like Black Creek and Valley Head) will reach the low 20s.
Most places across North/Central Alabama will be below freezing for about 3 to 4 hours. And, the record low for Birmingham tomorrow (April 16) of 32, set in 1983, is very much in danger. Growers will need to protect all tender plants and vegetation tonight.
On the positive side, it is likely this is the last freeze threat of the season around here.
A warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon with a sunny sky as we rise into the mid 60s, and upper 60s are likely Thursday.
FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND:
We will bring in the chance of rain showers statewide Friday. This won't be a heavy rain event, and there won't be any severe weather, but confidence is high there will be some rain at times during the day Friday, and possibly Friday night; Friday's high will be around 70 degrees.
The news for the weekend is generally good. Both the GFS/ECMWF models are suggesting the chance of a shower Saturday is very small, and most places will be dry, and Sunday for now looks like a dry day with a decent amount of sun. Highs over the weekend will be in the mid 70s.
Moisture levels rise and a few showers are possible Monday and Tuesday, but it doesn't look like a big rain event. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.