Frigid Air Stays In Place Through Friday

| January 1, 2018 @ 3:27 pm

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TOO COLD: So far this afternoon, Birmingham’s high temperature is 27 degrees. The only New Year’s Day with a lower maximum on record came on January 1, 1928 when the high was 24.

We note the average high for January 1 at Birmingham is 54, so we are 27 degrees below average. A hard freeze warning and wind chill advisory remains in effect for tonight; we project a low between 8 and 12 degrees for most North/Central Alabama communities. The wind chill index could very well drop below zero at times.

The record low for Birmingham for January 2 is 5 set in 1928; that record is most likely safe (but only by a few degrees).

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: We project a high tomorrow between 30 and 35 degrees, so some spots could climb above freezing by afternoon, but just for a brief time. The sky will be partly to mostly sunny. Wednesday morning will feature yet another hard freeze with a low between 10 and 15, then we rise to near 40 degrees Wednesday afternoon with a partly sunny sky.

Another surge of Arctic air arrives Thursday; we will have a hard time getting above freezing. And, we expect lows in the teens both Thursday and Friday morning. Bottom line is that very cold air stays in place through Friday. No ice or snow issues, however.

Be sure and check on elderly people and others that might not have an adequate source of heat, be sure pets are in a warm place, insulate exposed pipes, and don’t walk on frozen ponds.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We drop into the teens again early Saturday, but temperatures reach the low 40s Saturday afternoon, and by Sunday afternoon upper 40s are likely. Clouds will increase Sunday, and rain should return to the state by late Sunday night and Monday. Thermal values suggest no issues with winter mischief at this point.

Temperatures next week will remain below average, but not as cold as what we are experiencing this week.

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