Friday February 24, 2017
Forecaster: James Spann
COLD FRONT MOVES IN TONIGHT: A blizzard continues today over parts of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa in the cold air sector of a strong surface low moving through the Great Plains. Severe storms are likely in the warm sector this afternoon and tonight south and east of the surface low; an "enhanced" severe weather risk has been defined for parts of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky...
The "marginal" risk clips the northeast corner of Alabama tonight; showers and storms will pass through our state with the trailing cold front then, but the best dynamic support for storms is far to the north, and moisture levels will be limited. Bottom line is that the overall threat for severe weather across North Alabama tonight looks very low for now.
COOL CHANGE: Much cooler air blows into Alabama over the weekend, coming across the fresh snow pack up north. Tomorrow and Sunday will be sunny; the high Saturday will be in the upper 50s, followed by low 60s Sunday. A freeze is likely for most communities early Sunday morning with a low between 28 and 32 degrees.
NEXT WEEK: The first half of the week will be wet and unsettled. Rain and storms arrive Monday with the first short wave; the surface front will stall out around I-20, meaning showers are still possible Tuesday. Then, the next wave arrives Wednesday with another round of rain and storms. Strong storms will be possible Wednesday, but it remains to be seen if they will reach severe limits. Then, Thursday and Friday look dry and sharply cooler. Another freeze seems very possible by Friday morning March 3.
Today's Record Temperatures