CLOUDY AND COOL AT MIDDAY, WITH RAIN LIKELY TODAY
Scattered showers are moving across the southern half of the area at the midday hour, but more rain is likely during the afternoon and evening hours tonight. Skies are currently cloudy where the rain is not falling at this point.
Looking back to our west, you can see a mass of rain in the northern half of Mississippi that will make its way into the state within the next hour or so. We also have plenty of showers across the Gulf Coast and up into the panhandle of Florida and up into the southern parts of Alabama and Georgia.
FOR THE REST OF YOUR MONDAY
The main line of showers will start to move into the northwestern locations of Central Alabama around the 12PM-1PM time frame, and move into the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham areas between 4PM-6PM. The line should reach the Gadsden and Anniston areas by the 5PM-7PM time frame, and move completely out of the state and into Georgia right after midnight tonight. There will be some scattered showers out ahead of the main line, but skies will remain cloudy otherwise. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 40s to the mid 50s across Central Alabama. Lows tonight will fall into the upper 30s to the lower 40s.
TEMPERATURES ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA
At 12:05 PM, temperatures are ranging from the lower 40s in the northern parts of Central Alabama, to the upper 40s to the south. The warm spots are currently Montgomery and Selma at 48ºF, with the cool spot being Haleyville at 42ºF.
BREEZY AND COLD FOR TUESDAY
We’ll have a little bit of wrap around moisture on the back side of the system passing through, and a few sprinkles or even a few snow flurries could be possible over the northern parts of Central Alabama. Skies will remain mostly cloudy throughout the day, and afternoon highs will make it into the mid 40s to the mid 50s across the area from north to south. Winds will be out of the northeast at 5-15 MPH, with gusts up to 20 MPH, so bundle up when heading out. Skies will begin to clear out during the overnight hours, and combined with decreasing winds, temperatures will drop to below freezing area wide, mid 20s to right at 30 degrees from north to south. A freeze warning will likely be issued.
CLIMATOLOGY AND RECORDS FOR BIRMINGHAM
The normal high for March 13th is 66ºF, while the normal low is 42ºF. The record high for today was set back in 1900 at 84ºF. The record low was set back in 1993 at 12ºF.
TODAY IN WEATHER HISTORY
March 13, 1993: It will be a day that will go down as a once-in-a-generation event, as every county in the state of Alabama had snow cover from the “Blizzard of 93.” In Central Alabama, snow totals ranged from 4-5 inches in the southern parts of the area, to 20 inches in the extreme northeastern parts of the area. Snow drifts in some locations reach unbelievable depths of 5 to 6 feet. The coldest low temperature ever recorded in Birmingham for the month of March happened on the night of the 13th and into the morning of the 14th, when the mercury dipped down to 2 degrees.