Patchy Frost Possible, Sunny & Warmer Days Ahead
While most of you all were asleep, spring officially arrived Saturday night at 11:30PM CDT. However, waking up this morning and stepping outside, it was feeling more like winter. It was a chilly start to the day with temperatures in the 30s and 40s this morning. It was a brisk morning with a northwest wind of 10-20 mph, which made it feel colder. A cold front moved through the state yesterday and behind it came the cold air. This afternoon, temperatures have been able to climb into the 50s, with a few lower 60s on the maps.
GROWERS BEWARE: Areas of frost are possible tomorrow morning with a clear sky and light winds. We project lows in the 32-38 degree range, and growers will need to protect plants and vegetation that might be harmed by freezing temperatures. If the winds stay up some, the threat for frost will be more patchy, but if the winds go calm, it could be more widespread. To be safe, I will urge everyone to take precautions, especially in our northern communities.
MONDAY-WEDNESDAY: These days will feature plenty of sunshine and a warming trend. Highs go from near lower 60s on Monday to lower 70s Tuesday, and we are back in the upper 70s Wednesday. There is no threat of rain, and it is going to be feeling like spring once again. Certainly some great days to enjoy meals or any other plans outdoors, and a treat for many folks that are on spring break this week.
END OF WEEK STORMS: The next good chance of rain comes Thursday as a surface low moves through the Great Lakes region dragging a cold front through the Southeast. This is not a favorable setup for severe weather in Alabama with the low so far north, however, model output shows enough instability and shear, that some strong storms will be possible. We are going to be watching model trends the next several days, to see if severe weather parameters increase or decrease, stay tuned…For our current forecast, rain and storms will arrive late Thursday and will move out early Friday. Highs should be near 80F Thursday, but temperatures will drop off again but only into the lower 70s for Friday.
WEEKEND SNEAK PEEK: The front looks to stall across South Alabama so we are going to leave the chance of showers in the forecast as we head into Easter Weekend. Lows Saturday morning will be in the lower 50s and highs Saturday afternoon will be in the lower 70s. Easter Sunday looks to have a mix of sun and clouds, with a few widely scattered showers, but I think most spots will stay dry. Widespread showers and storms should return for Monday March 28th.
Have a great night and enjoy the first full week of spring!!!