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Weather Information and Forecasts for the North Alabama Area
Jan
24.
: Posted: 3:45 pm
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Sun has returned to North Alabama on this Thursday afternoon, but a brisk north wind is making for chilly conditions with temps generally in the upper 30s/lower 40s. Despite the chilly conditions, it will be a pretty nice evening with a mostly sunny sky and dry conditions.
 
A developing storm system over the Southern Plains will move east tonight and bring a chance for rain and/or freezing rain to portions of North Alabama after midnight tonight into early Friday morning. Precipitation could begin as early as 2-3am over Northwest Alabama, around 6:00am for Northeast Alabama. The best chance for freezing rain exists EAST of I-65, especially over portions of Dekalb and Jackson counties.
 
Even where freezing rain and ice accumulations occur, temperatures are expected to warm ABOVE freezing by midday on Friday across North Alabama, ending the threat for icy conditions. For most of North Alabama though, temps will be above freezing much earlier than that.
 
For the Huntsville area westward, including all areas along/west of I-65, this is expected to be a very minor and short-term inconvenience at worst. Any ice accumulations here will only be on elevated surfaces such as trees.
 
BOTTOM LINE: For the majority of North Alabama, roadways will be just wet on Friday morning. Be cautious of slick spots on bridges/overpasses early Friday morning. However, Slick spots cannot be ruled out on roadways in NE Alabama including Dekalb and Jackson counties up until around noon.
 
Here is a map showing the BEST potential for freezing rain and ice accumulation Friday morning:
 

 
Below are some images of surface temperatures as forecast by one of many computer models for various times on Friday…
 
6AM Friday:
 

 
9AM Friday:
 

 
NOON Friday:
 

 
3PM Friday:
 

 
Computer models do not tend to handle shallow cold air (like we will see Friday) very well, so those temperatures could still be a couple of degrees too warm. However, temperatures will warm during the morning hours above freezing for all except extreme NE Alabama.
 
Rain will end Friday evening, and Friday night will be rather cold with overnight lows falling into the mid to upper 20s.
 
THE WEEKEND: The weekend looks mainly sunny and dry, there could be an increase in cloud-cover on Sunday but a warming trend will begin. Afternoon highs in the upper 40s to near 50 on Saturday, with mid 50s on Sunday afternoon. Morning lows 25-30.
 
A brief shower is possible on Monday as warmer, and more moist air begins to move into North Alabama from the south. Monday afternoon will be much warmer with highs in the low/mid 60s. A strong storm system will bring our next chance for rain and thunderstorms late Tuesday into Wednesday.


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