The weather service offices in Huntsville and Birmingham have issued Freeze Warnings for late tonight and early Wednesday morning for much of the state of Alabama.
Temperatures…will range from the upper 20′s north to the lower 30′s south…by early Wednesday morning.
The freezing temperatures may damage or kill vegetation that has already bloomed or budded out for the Spring.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect from Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon for central Alabama.
Counties included in the watch are Autauga… Bibb… Blount… Chilton… Coosa…Dallas… Elmore… Jefferson… Perry… Shelby… St. Clair… Talladega and Walker. In east central Alabama… Calhoun… Chambers… Clay… Cleburne… Randolph and Tallapoosa. In northeast Alabama… Cherokee and Etowah. In northwest Alabama… Marion and Winston. In west central Alabama…Fayette… Greene… Hale… Lamar… Marengo… Pickens… Sumter and Tuscaloosa.
Widespread heavy rainfall of 1 to 3 inches is expected in the watch area… with localized higher amounts.
The accumulated rainfall expected with this system will be enough to aggravate some rivers and streams that are already running above normal.
Some rivers are forecast to reach stages of minor flooding. Roadways in low lying areas will likely flood… especially roads that are close to creeks and streams. Ponding of water will be likely in urban areas where poor drainage exists.
Monday Morning: Some strong storms possible as showers and thunderstorms move in from the west.
Main threats will be wind gusts up to 50 mph and locally heavy rainfall, which could lead to some localized flash flooding.
Monday Afternoon and Night: Another round of showers and thunderstorms, some possibly severe.
Main threats damaging winds and flooding due to heavy rainfall. Hail will also be possible, and a brief/isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
Generally 1-3 inches of storm total rainfall is forecast for the area. This could lead to localized flash flooding and additional rises along rivers and streams.
High pressure is in control of our weather over the next several days.
Dry conditions will continue into the weekend.
A gradual warm up each day with highs in the upper 70′s, and lower 80′s expected by Saturday.
Overnight lows will average down into the 50′s.
A mid level wave pattern amplifies Saturday as a shortwave drops into the Pacific Northwest.
This will shift a surface low system eastward through the weekend.
As a result, rain and thunderstorm will return to Alabama Sunday night through Monday with the passage of a cold front.
High pressure dropping southward out of Canada will bring more cooler temperatures into the region by Tuesday night.
In the meantime, enjoy the spring like weather we have in store through the weekend.