Hello Friday – and thanks for everything, Jay...
Weather: Okay, it wasn't snow – at least not much. The fear of another busted forecast went away about as quickly as the snow itself, as Thursday's snow showers came and went through metro Birmingham with few issues. Today it will be sunny with a high in the upper 40s. Tonight there's a chance of light snow around midnight, with lows just below freezing. Little or now accumulation is expected. This weekend will be warmer with highs in the upper 50s and lows in the 30s.
Last call. Candidates have to file to run in their respective primaries for state offices. The deadline is 5 p.m. at their respective state party headquarters. We'll be at Republican headquarters this afternoon to see if any last-minute surprises show up.
“I bid you all a heartfelt goodnight.” In quoting the parting words of his predecessor Johnny Carson, “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno said goodbye at the end of his final show Thursday night, ending a run of 22 years as the host of the iconic late-night talkfest. Leno's tenure was second in length only to Carson himself, and was split into two separate stints – in between, he hosted a short-lived weeknight prime time show with Conan O'Brien taking the 10:35 slot. After a break for Winter Olympic coverage on NBC, Jimmy Fallon moves up an hour, while Seth Myers moves into Fallon's old “Late Night” time slot at 11:35.
Sports: Wipeout. The threat of icy roads caused school officials to postpone last night's AHSAA girls basketball area tournaments until today. We don't have revised schedules as of this morning, so call your favorite school to see who's playing when. Tonight's boys basketball tournaments will go on as scheduled... Wrestling: The AHSAA begins the first day of its new super-sectional playoff format, with most local teams making the trek down to the Cramton Bowl Multiplex in Montgomery. Gardendale will be the lone holdout – they get to go to the north meet at the Birmingham Crossplex.