Temperatures to warm for weekend; groundhogs split on early spring

Published 3:37 pm Monday, February 2, 2015

Weather prognostication is a tricky business.

Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most well-known groundhog, saw his shadow Monday morning, portending six more weeks of winter.

But Phil isn’t the only furry foreteller who has an opinion about the changing of the seasons.

At 8:33 a.m. Central Time, General Beauregard Lee awoke to 44 degrees and overcast skies after overnight rain at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Atlanta, according to the ranch’s website.

Lee did not see his shadow, which would mean an early spring.

Perhaps the groundhogs are telling us that the South can expect temperatures to warm early, while the Northeast might be in for more winter storms like the ones that have frozen the region recently.

Alas, an even more localized forecast wasn’t available, as the Birmingham Zoo’s Birmingham Bill took the year off, according to the zoo’s website.

Slightly more certain is the National Weather Service’s forecast for the coming week and weekend.

After a cold day Monday, with highs in the low-40s and overnight lows in the mid-20s in Chilton County, temperatures are expected to be closer to average on Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs in the mid-50s and lows in the mid-30s, according to meteorologist Jason Davis.

The county has about a 30-percent chance of receiving rainfall Wednesday or Wednesday night, Davis said, and with the chance for rain will come more cold temperatures.

The forecasted high for Thursday is in the mid-40s.

On Friday, temperatures will be close to average again, while the weekend should be warm.

The high temperature for Saturday is forecasted at 60 degrees, while Sunday could be even warmer, at 63 degrees.

There’s a 30-percent chance of rain on Sunday.