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Much Colder Today; A Few Snow Flakes

| 6:02 am January 15, 2014

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RADAR CHECK: A few sprinkles/flurries are showing up at daybreak, but precipitation is very light in a relatively dry airmass across Alabama. We have reports of snow flurries on Blount Mountain between Springville and Onenota, and some sleet at Black Creek northeast of Gadsden early this morning. Scattered sprinkles of rain in other places.

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Much colder air will flow into the state today; temperatures will fall this morning into the mid 30s with a brisk northwest wind, and we won’t get past the low 40s this afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds.

We will maintain the risk of a few snow flurries or sprinkles this morning, and later today a few convective snow showers could form, mainly over the northern third of the state. No accumulation for most places, and no travel issues.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: We drop down into the low 20s early tomorrow, then with sunshine in full supply we reach the mid to upper 40s tomorrow afternoon. Then, another shot of cold air arrives Friday as the high will drop back down into the low 40s Friday afternoon with a biting north wind. A few light snow flurries are possible early Friday morning, but they won’t pose any problems.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday morning will be cold. The low will range from 18 to 24 in most places, but we warm into the low 50s Saturday afternoon with a good supply of sunshine. Yet another “Alberta Clipper” will push slightly cooler air in here Sunday as the high will slip back into the upper 40s Sunday afternoon. The air stays dry, and the sky will remain mostly sunny on Sunday.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND: We will enjoy a high in the upper 50s Monday and Tuesday, but colder air arrives later in the week. The pattern for the rest of January seems to favor these quick hitting cold air shots that don’t last long. That keeps the air dry, and for now we don’t see any major winter weather issues, or severe weather threats through the end of the month. Rather quiet, benign mid-winter weather. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

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