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Fred: Warm, then wet, then cold...followed by...

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(Source: Fred Hunter/WBRC) (Source: Fred Hunter/WBRC)
(Source: Fred Hunter/WBRC) (Source: Fred Hunter/WBRC)

A ridge of high pressure will shift east into the Southeast by tomorrow and with mostly sunny skies, afternoon temperatures will continue well above average through Monday with highs ranging from 65 to 72. There will likely be an increase in cloud cover and the south-southeasterly winds will continue to strengthen Monday as a deepening surface low lifts north. We will still see unseasonably warm temperatures in the afternoon with highs ranging from 69 to 74. Rain chances will likely hold off until Tuesday ahead of a cold front and during the day on Tuesday, forecast models indicate a period of heavy rainfall and there could be a few strong storms with the potential for damaging winds but tornadoes do not appear likely at the moment.

Scattered showers will likely linger through a good part of Tuesday night before dissipating by daybreak on Wednesday as the main cold front pushes through the area during the early morning hours. Temperatures will range from 28 to 31 by sunrise Thursday morning with northwest winds between 10 and 15 mph making it feel even colder! Highs will struggle to make 50-degrees both Thursday and Friday afternoon. One last disturbance swinging through North Alabama could even produce a few snow showers or flurries Thursday night, although with only a light dusting possible; there should not be any travel issues. However, there could be a little more than a dusting if the moisture doesn't entirely clear the air before the cold air arrives. Either way it is going to be colder still by next weekend. Stay tuned.

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