CLOUDLESS SKY: We have a cobalt blue sky over Alabama this afternoon with temperatures mostly in the 50-55 degree range. Tonight will be clear… most places will see a low between 25 and 32 degrees early tomorrow.
The sky becomes mostly cloudy tomorrow, and the warming trend continues as temperatures reach the low 60s. Periods of rain are likely tomorrow night ahead of a cold front; no risk of severe storms, and probably no thunder. Rain amounts will be 1/2 inch or less, and the rain ends very early Friday morning. During the day Friday the sky becomes partly sunny, and the high will be in the low 50s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: For Saturday the day looks dry with a mix of sun and clouds and a high in the mid 50s. Some light rain is likely Sunday night… moisture will be limited and rain amounts will be mostly likely under a quarter of an inch. There is a chance a few snow flakes could mix with the rain before ending early Sunday morning over the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama, but if that happens we expect no impact with surface temperatures above freezing. Then, during the day Sunday, the sky becomes partly sunny with a high in the upper 50s.
NEXT WEEK: Monday looks dry; after a low in the 30s we are now expecting a high in the 60-65 degree range by afternoon; a far cry from the Arctic air advertised by global models a few days ago. Confidence in the forecast for the rest of the week is low with little model agreement and an active wave pattern. New guidance hints at some light rain Tuesday, followed by drier, colder air for the rest of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
LONG RANGE IDEAS: While the idea of Arctic air entering the Deep South next week is now off the table, we note very cold air will be looming north of here through next week. Temperatures this morning over Alaska were as cold as -40F, and that kind of air covers much of western Canada and the Arctic region. That air is heavy, and at some point will have to move.
One run of the American GFS model today shows a big snow/ice event for Alabama in 10 days. You will see that plastered all over social media, but it is meaningless at this point. Having said that, the players are on the field for some potential for winter mischief by mid-month. Arctic air and an active southern branch of the jet stream will be watched closely. But, we could go through the entire month of February without a winter storm threat; this is Alabama after all. But, it wouldn’t be a big shock if we have at least a chance of wintry precipitation within the next three weeks. We will see.
ON THIS DATE IN 1947: The record-low temperature for continental North America was recorded in Snag in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The temperature was 81.4 degrees below zero.
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