(Courtesy WHNT; Huntsville)
Updated 0947; 01 March 2014
Warming Trend Continues
Cloudy and mild today, with highs near 60 degrees and some peeks of sunshine possible during the afternoon. Wind increases overnight, into Sunday, with highs around 70 degrees Sunday afternoon.
Rain moves in mainly after sunset Sunday evening, with a big drop in temperatures Monday.
Rain has tapered off this morning, but clouds remain across the Tennessee Valley. Temperatures are mostly in the mid 40s. Clouds will hang around for much of the day, but expect some thinning and breaking up of the clouds this afternoon, so some peeks of sunshine are possible. Despite the cloud cover, temperatures will likely be milder than Friday, highs will mainly range in the upper 50s and low 60s, right around average for early March.
Today is the first day of March and meteorological spring (March, April, May), which is based on the monthly average temperature. The coldest months of the year (December, January, February) are behind us, but that doesn't mean that we're necessarily done with winter! A big temperature swing occurs Sunday night into Monday.
The majority of the weekend will be dry. Clouds will be on the increase tonight and with the combination of a light southeasterly breeze, temperatures will only cool to around 50°. A southerly will increase throughout the day Sunday as a strong storm system and associated cold front approach the Tennessee Valley from the northwest. The daylight hours of Sunday should be dry, with rain entering northwest Alabama around 6:00 pm. Rain will progress east and south overnight, departing around daybreak Monday morning.
This same storms system is expected to bring crippling snow and ice to parts of the Mid-Mississippi Valley, Ohio River Valley and the Northeast. Winter Storm Watches and Warning are just to the west, including Memphis, Tennessee. The Tennessee Valley will be on the southern, warmer end of this system, with only liquid precipitation expected. If you are traveling northwest early next week, expect some delays, issues on the roads and flight cancellations.
Blustery and Cold Monday: The official high temperature for Monday will occur likely just after midnight Sunday night. As a much colder air mass moves into the region temperatures will fall into the upper 30s and low 40s by Monday afternoon. A stiff northwesterly breeze could make for wind chills in the upper 20s and low 30s.
TODAY: Milder. Mostly dry and breezy. High: 61. Rain: 20%(AM) Wind: SE 10-15.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy and cool. Low: 50. Wind: SE 6-12.
SUNDAY: Mainly dry, windy and warm. A few showers possible in NW Alabama late in the day. High: 70. Wind: S 10-25. Rain: 20%.
MONDAY: Early morning rain likely. Cold air and strong winds follows the rain. High: 42. Wind: NW 20-30 Rain: 50% (Before Noon).
TUESDAY: A slight rebound. High: 49. Wind: ESE 5
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy. Small chance for showers. High: 54.
THURSDAY: Showers possible. High: 52. Rain: 30%.