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Whither now, gentle flower of spring? A cherry tree blooms at Calhoun Community College this week, seemingly unaware that freezing weather is on its way.
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Whither now, gentle flower of spring? A cherry tree blooms at Calhoun Community College this week, seemingly unaware that freezing weather is on its way.

Potent Canadian storm system to bring freezing weather here

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

Cherry blossoms are poised to spread color on the Calhoun Community College campus. Jonquils and other small plants are pushing up in yards across the Tennessee Valley.

But don't let thoughts of an early spring lull you into thinking the bitter cold of winter has passed us by.

Plant lovers, don't say we didn't warn you.

If you have potted plants outside that you want to live, prepare space for them inside.

If you have plants in the ground, cover them.

You have a little time, but not much, according to Kurt Weber of the National Weather Service in Huntsville.

Weber said temperatures will be well above normal through the weekend and Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday.

"Our highs this weekend will reach the middle to upper 60s with lows in the middle 50s," Weber said.

"Typically, we have a high of 48 and a low of 29."

Weber said the area will still be experiencing above normal temperatures Monday with a high of 55 and a low of 50.

'Extremely cold air'

"Then the cold comes," he said, "because of a potent storm system in south central Canada that's bringing cold air behind it into the Midwest area and the Rockies. The system will push the front slowly east with time, and we'll be on the fringe of this extremely cold air."

Weber said the coldest air will remain in the Ohio Valley, the Midwest and the Northeast, but it will be heavy-coat weather here, too.

"The cold air definitely will be in place Tuesday with highs in the lower 40s and lows in the middle 30s," he said. "Our coldest days will be Wednesday and Thursday, with highs expected to get only to the lower to middle 40s with lows below freezing, in the middle 20s. And it could get colder than that."

Weber said a warm-up will start Friday "but not a quick warm-up, with highs expected to range between 47 and 51 and lows in the middle to upper 20s. It will still be a little chilly for next weekend. Sunday morning will be a little warmer with lows around 30.

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