SATURDAY UPDATE:  Rain Returns Next Week – Arctic Surge Late Week

     We are enjoying a dry weekend, and we are looking forward to our second day of sunshine in a row!   It’s just what the doctor ordered.

It’ s a cold Saturday morning, with upper 20’s at dawn across most of central Alabama.   But, we’re in for a great day.  Sunshine will dominate today.  We’re headed close to another freeze tonight.  Sunday will be a dry, milder day.

Rain returns Monday through Tuesday.  Then, get ready for another big Temperature Plunge.  Another surge of Arctic Air arrives by Wednesday night.  Winter is not done with us yet.

TODAY AND TONIGHT:   After a bone chilling start this morning, sunshine will help the recovery.  Today’s high in the upper 50’s is below normal, but it’s a big improvement from yesterday, and without the gusty wind.  Tonight…mostly clear.  Overnight low 33.

SUNDAY:  The warm-up continues.  Clouds will increase during the day, but we will stay dry.  High in the low 60’s.  Chance of a couple of showers in the wee hours of late Sunday night.

NEXT FEW DAYS:    Rain returns Monday & Tuesday.  Tuesday will be the warmest day, near 70.   Colder air starts to filter in Wednesday.  An Arctic Cold Front arrives Wednesday night.  It will turn sharply colder.  Thursday will be a windy, raw Winter’s day, with highs only in the 40’s.  We’ll be sub-freezing Thursday night.

Here’s the set-up Monday as the next formidable storm system spreads rain into the area.  No Severe weather is expected.

ARCTIC SURGE:  This late week Arctic Surge will be at least as cold as this last “taste”, perhaps a bit colder.  Once again, this next surge will effect Florida, too.  It appears another Arctic Surge  may arrive by about March 5th.

RIVER FLOODING;  Many rivers across central & South Alabama are experiencing either Minot flooding (orange) or moderate flooding (red).  The Tallapoosa River at the Tallapoosa Water Plant has peaked at 32.8 feet and will begin falling.  Moderate flooding continues in Selma along the Alabama River, and along some points of the Tombigbee River in West Alabama.  The Alabama River at Montgomery will peak 7.8 feet above flood stage this morning.

I’ll have another Blog update for you in the morning.  Have a nice Weekend

-Rich