Wet Start to Weekend, Colder End to Weekend

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FOR TONIGHT: Widespread rain will continue as a cold front approaches the region tonight. Not expecting severe weather in Central Alabama, but we are forecasting periods of rain, which could be heavy at times. There will likely be some lightning and thunder along with gusty winds and even some hail. Temperatures will be in the lower 60s for most locations.

SATURDAY: The last day of winter will feature a hodgepodge of weather. We start the day off with clouds and rain and some storms. Once again, no severe weather expected in Central Alabama. As the frontal system pushes south through the state, the rain will end from northwest to southeast during the day tomorrow. Most of the day will be cloudy, breezy, and much cooler with a high around 70 degrees, while many communities may stay in the 60s all day. A northwest wind of 10-20 mph will make it feel cooler. We may see a few peeks of sunshine late tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow night at 11:30 PM CDT, spring officially arrives.

SUNDAY: The first full day of spring will not be feeling like it. We will start the day off quite chilly with lows in the mid-40s, with 30s across North-Central Alabama. It will be another breezy and cool day with more sun than clouds. The high will be in only in the lower 60s, which is about ten degrees below average.

GREEN COMET APPROACHES EARTH: There’s no danger of a collision. However, a small green comet named “252P/LINEAR” is about to make one of the closest approaches to Earth of any comet in modern times, sailing just 5.4 million km from our planet on March 21st. Moreover, the comet appears to have company: A possible fragment of 252P/LINEAR will fly by just one day later. A weak meteor shower could follow the double flyby near the end of March.

FROSTY CONDITIONS?: Some areas of patchy frost are possible Monday morning with a clear sky and light wind. The GFS and NAM are both printing lows of 36F for Montgomery on Monday morning. For now, we project lows in the 32-38 degree range, and growers may need to protect plants and vegetation that might be harmed by freezing temperatures. Though we see plenty of sunshine, it will remain a cool day with highs in the mid-60s.

DRY AND SUNNY: Great weather will continue through midweek and we are going to see a warming trend. Highs go from near mid-60s on Monday to lower 70ss Tuesday, and we are back to near 80 on Wednesday. These day we are forecasting lots of sunshine and overall a terrific first few days of spring. Our next significant chance of rain looks to arrive late in the week, and we may have to watch this system carefully as it could bring the threat of strong to potentially severe storms.

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