Alabamians Should Expect Severe Storms Friday, Weekend Cold Snap
The Meteorological spring started on March 1 and astronomical spring starts on March 20 but we are facing more severe weather on Friday, a cold snap over the weekend, and a possible threat of another late-season freeze.
Friday Weather Details
The Storm Prediction Center has the southwest corner of Alabama under a "slight risk" and a swath right above that under a "marginal risk" for severe thunderstorms. The “marginal risk” area includes portions of our coverage area like Greene, Hale, Perry, and Sumter.
James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist said that “the core risk of heavy storms Friday will be near the Gulf Coast, where some surface-based instability will be available. The main threat will come from strong, gusty winds and an isolated tornado can't be ruled out.”
“But, most of the state will simply have a cool, rainy day in a stable airmass. Rain amounts Friday will average around one inch, with isolated heavier totals. Temperatures will hold in the 50s over the northern counties,” said Spann.
Weekend Weather Information
After the cold front advances across the Yellowhammer State temperatures will become sharply different.
Saturday you can expect “temperatures will be in the low to mid-30s early Saturday with a brisk north wind. The sky will become sunny Saturday with a high in the 50s,” said Spann.
You can look forward to clear weather on Sunday with “another late season freeze during the early morning hours... lows will dip into the 24-34 degree range. The high Sunday will be in the 50s again, about 10-15 degrees below average,” said Spann.
Another Late Season Freeze?
Weather-wise it is shaping that we will have another late-season freeze on Monday with lows expected between the upper 20s and lower 30s.
Will Spring Ever Arrive?
With below-average temperatures right now, it sure doesn’t feel like spring. However, there is a glimmer of hope that by the end of next week, temperatures will get into the 70s.
My answer to almost everything weather related is ... “it’s the South.”
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