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Record Cold

| 6:56 am January 7, 2014

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RECORDS: Here are the “official” lows from the larger Alabama cities with the old record in parenthesis. All records…

Huntsville 4 (5 in 1912)
Birmingham 7 (11 in 1970)
Anniston 8 (11 in 1970)
Tuscaloosa 10 (13 in 1970)
Montgomery 14 (15 in 1970)
Mobile 14 (18 in 1970)
[Just a note, Pensacola, FL, tied their record low of 19 set in 1924.]

Here are some daybreak temperatures from our team of Skywatchers…

Haleyville 2
Black Creek (Etowah County) 2
Broomtown (Cherokee County) 2
Pinson 3
Gardendale 4
Trussville 6
Helena 8
Chelsea 6
Cottondale 6
Northport 7
Meadowbrook (Shelby County) 6
Bessemer 7
Pleasant Grove 7
Coker 8

STILL SUB-FREEZING: Despite a strong January sun, we won’t get close to freezing today. The high will be in the mid 20s, but at least the wind won’t be as fierce as yesterday.

TOMORROW: We start the day in the 10 to 15 degree range, but we finally climb above the freezing mark late in the morning… most places will wrap up a period of 60 or more consecutive hours below freezing. Tomorrow’s high will be at or just over 40 degrees with a good supply of sunshine.

WARMER DAYS: We rise into the 50s Thursday and Friday; some precipitation will break out west of Alabama (maybe some freezing rain Thursday morning over Arkansas), but it looks like we stay dry on these two days.

WET WEEKEND: Rain should move into Alabama after midnight Friday night, and we start the weekend will a good chance of rain at least the first half of the day Saturday. It will be much warmer with a high in the 60s, and with a little surface based instability we might even hear a little thunder, especially over South Alabama.

Sunday’s forecast is a lower confidence one… the last couple of GFS runs bring in another surface low right over us with another big rain mass (other runs yesterday were dry). We will lean toward the wetter solution now and forecast a good chance of rain Sunday. Rain totals over the weekend will be in the one to two inch range.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND: Monday and Tuesday of next week look dry with temperatures where they should be for January; highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s.

Looks like another cold shot could impact Alabama (nothing like the one we are dealing with now) around January 17-20, followed by a big pattern change and mild weather over the last 10 days of the month. Check out the Weather Xtreme video for the latest maps, graphics, and details.

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