It is Monday March 18, 2024.

A Freeze Warning is in effect tonight through tomorrow morning. Temperatures are expected to fall into the middle to upper 20s north of Tuscaloosa County and at or just below freezing to the south.

It is not unusual for sub-freezing temperatures to return after days or weeks of spring like temperatures. There have been numerous freezes in late March and even as late as April 2nd in North Alabama.  That is why many experts recommend waiting until late March to plant.

There will be a nice warmup as the week progresses. Highs will return to near 70 each day from Wednesday on. Lows will be in the upper 40s to near 50s.

The Forecast:


Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.
Clear, with a low around 30. North wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Widespread frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 59. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Clear, with a low around 37. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Areas of frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 70. West wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Partly sunny, with a high near 70.
Thursday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.
A 20 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 66.
Friday Night

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Topping the News:

West Alabama is shrinking, as least population wise. Seven rural West Alabama counties are losing population according to a recent estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau,
Bibb, Choctaw, Fayette, Greene, Marengo, Perry and Sumter are all seeing residents leave the county for hoped for better prospects elsewhere. Lack of job opportunities and poverty are blamed as the prime reasons.
Bibb County is bucking that trend as one of the faster growing counties. The county saw 2% growth which is unusual for a rural West Alabama County.

Alabama U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville is courting controversy again with comments made in Salt Lake City, Utah. While campaigning for U.S. Senate candidate Trent Staggs in the race to replace Utah Sen. Mitt Romney in Congress,
he told a crowd that, "We are losing our kids to a satanic cult."
Brandishing an upside-down pocket Constitution, Tuberville said the 2024 election wasn’t Republican vs. Democrat but “anti-American vs. American.”

“We’ve lost our moral values across the country. We’ve got to get back to the Constitution, and we have got to get back to the Bible. We’ve got to get God back in our country,” Tuberville said. “There’s not one Democrat that can tell you they stand up for God.”

The City of Northport will break ground for River Run Park at 1:30 this afternoon at the construction site just off Oliver Locks and Dam Road. The facility will be a 36-acre state-of-the-art baseball and softball complex.

Ultimately the facility will feature the existing Kentuck Park and the six ball fields already used by the Warrior Baseball League, plus nine new fields at River Run Park, a recreation and events center, a pickleball and tennis facility, walking trails connecting to the Levee Trail and Van de Graaff Park and more.

Residents of Arcadia, Cherokee Hills, Beach Hills and other neighborhoods will gather at 5:00 this after on the pedestrian bridge that the City of Tuscaloosa is considering tearing down.

The city claims the bridge across the busy four-lane Veteran's Memorial Parkway has seen diminished use since it was constructed four decades ago.

Residents claim use of the structure is picking up as young families with children move into the area.

The Tuscaloosa City Council will consider a demolition order at its Tuesday night meeting.

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office is waiting to hear from a request by West Alabama Republican Congressman Robert Aderholt for $450,000 in federal money to remodel and improve their substation in Samantha.

Deputies currently work out of a trailer, but improvements would include community meeting space.

East Alabama Republican State Senator Andrew Jones believes the Alabama Department of Veteran's Affairs is not doing enough to provide military veterans quality healthcare. “There are wait times for medical care of 60-plus days, there are wait times for mental health appointments of 20-30 days in places around the state… really, our military veterans deserve better,” he told a meeting of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs committee.

He is proposing two bills that would require improvement. The ADVA claims it was blindsided by the legislation.

Topping Sports News:

NCAA March Madness will have a decidedly State of Alabama look to both men's and women's brackets.

State roundball fans heard the names of Alabama, Auburn, Samford and UAB called during Sunday's big reveal on the men's side. On the women's side Alabama and Auburn drew bids.

The Crimson Tide will play College of Charleston Friday night at 6:35 in Spokane, Washington on truTV. Charleston is a mirror image of the Tide with fast play and the have a 7-footer too. ESPN Matchup Predictor gives Bama a 90.3% chance of winning.

Auburn is also in Spokane to play Yale who won on a last second shot to over Brown to take the Ivy League title. The Tigers are a 90.2% favorite.

UAB is also in Spokane to play San Diego State Friday. They only have a 16.2% chance to win according to ESPN.

Samford is the crowd favorite, but they play Kansas with only an ESPN called 16.2% chance of winning Thursday night.

On the Women's side, Alabama plays Florida State at 4:30 Friday afternoon in Austin, TX.

The Auburn women play Arizona in the play-in game 5:00pm Friday in Portland.

5th ranked Tennessee is the odds-on favorite by many to win the SEC and to get to the College World Series. It looked like the Vols were following the script during Friday night's SEC opening series with an 11-3 win at The Joe.

The 14th ranked Crimson Tide flipped that script Saturday and Sunday securing 6-3 and 7-6 wins to run their record to 17-3 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. The Vols fall to 18-3 overall, 1-2 SEC. Friday's win ended the Vol's 17 game win streak Saturday.

Alabama will travel to Montgomery to take on Alabama State Tuesday in a 6 p.m. matchup at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex.

Crimson Tide softball avoided being swept by Georgia for the first time in SEC history by holding off a seventh-inning Georgia rally to win the Sunday game three, 5-4, as a strikeout stranded the bases loaded and the potential winning run in scoring position.

Alabama (22-5, 2-4 SEC), Georgia (23-4, 2-1 SEC).

Have magnificent Monday filling out your brackets. 

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