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The Weather Authority: Freeze Warning for North/Central Alabama tonight

The Weather Authority: Freeze Warning March 13, 2018

From James Spann and the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog:

BLUE SKY AND SUNSHINE: With a good supply of sunshine this afternoon, temperatures are in the mid 50s across much of North/Central Alabama, about ten degrees below average for mid-March in Alabama. Tonight will be clear and cold; a freeze warning is in effect for areas north of a line from Tuscaloosa to Brent to Clanton to Opelika…

We expect lows early tomorrow morning in the 23-32 degree range; colder pockets will drop down into the low 20s with lots of frost as the wind will be near calm. The day tomorrow will be sunny and cool with a high in the mid 50s again.

Another freeze is likely early Thursday, but a warming trend begins Thursday afternoon as we rise into the upper 60s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Confidence is growing in the weekend forecast as model consistency improves. The daytime hours Friday should be mild and dry with a high in the low 70s, but clouds will increase late in the day. We will forecast periods of rain, and a few thunderstorms Friday night into Saturday morning. For now, it looks like the main window for rain comes from about 6:00 p.m. Friday through 9:00 a.m. Saturday. At this point we don’t expect any severe thunderstorms, and rain amounts should be in the 1/2 to 1 inch range.

The sky becomes partly sunny Saturday afternoon as we get into a dry slot, and temperatures rise into the mid 70s. And, Sunday looks dry and pleasant with a partially sunny sky and a high close to 70 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: A cold front will bring a chance of showers late Monday and Monday night, followed by much cooler air during the mid-week period. Highs drop into the 50s Tuesday and Wednesday, and we might be looking at yet another late season freeze Wednesday or Thursday morning.

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