Arctic Air To Invade Next Week

| January 7, 2009 @ 3:08 pm | 5 Replies

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SHORT TERM: A band of light precipitation, mostly drizzle mixed with some graupel (or soft ice), is moving through Northeast Alabama; otherwise the state is generally clear with temperatures in the low to mid 50s thanks to the morning clearing we enjoyed.

The weather will be dry tomorrow and Friday; the high tomorrow will be in the mid 50s, with upper 50s likely on Friday. Temperatures at daybreak Friday morning will be close to freezing. And, dry air means a good supply of sunshine on both days.

THE WEEKEND: We will maintain the chance of a few showers on Saturday with a surface boundary passing through, but rain should be light due to very limited moisture. Then, Sunday should be a sunny, cool day.

ARCTIC AIR INVASION NEXT WEEK: Confidence continues to grow in the idea of the coldest air so far this season reaching Alabama next week. The Arctic front will pass through Monday, and by Tuesday we are expecting highs only in the low to mid 30s with an icy north wind. A few sprinkles or flurries could accompany the front, but nothing really significant. Don’t be shocked if we reach the 10 to 15 degree range by Wednesday morning. The GFS MOS won’t be able to handle this kind of shallow cold air.

The 12Z GFS continues the idea of a band of freezing rain developing across the Deep South on Thursday and Friday of next week, with could set up a nasty icing situation for somebody around here. Once again, this is no forecast; we won’t be able to really handle this with confidence until the end of this week. The screaming message is that some very cold air will settle into Alabama by Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, with some potential for wintry precipitation issues by Thursday or Friday. Stay tuned….

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