Mild Through Tomorrow; Much Colder Wednesday

| January 7, 2019 @ 5:51 am

ANOTHER PLEASANT MID-WINTER DAY: After a chilly start with lows in the 30s and 40s, we expect a high in the mid to upper 60s across North/Central Alabama this afternoon, with readings near 70 for the southern counties of the state. The air stays dry, and the sky will be partly to mostly sunny.

An approaching cold front will bring some clouds in here tonight and tomorrow, and the system could squeeze out a few widely scattered showers. Nothing heavy or widespread, and rain amounts will be light and spotty. We stay mild tomorrow with a high in the 60s.

TURNING COLDER: Colder air flows into the state tomorrow night, and Wednesday will feature a high only in the 48-52 degree range despite sunshine in full supply. A northwest wind of 10-20 mph will make it feel colder. Wednesday night will be cold; we drop into the 20s early Thursday morning with a clear sky and light wind.

The weather will stay dry but rather chilly Thursday and Friday with a high between 45 and 52 degrees both days with a good supply of sunshine. Another freeze is likely early Friday morning with lows in the 20s. Clouds will return Friday night.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be a cloudy and cool day, and some light rain is possible as a surface wave moves eastward along the Gulf Coast. The high will be close to 50 degrees; some North Alabama communities won’t get out of the 40s. For now it looks like most of Sunday will be dry as the wave moves east of the state, but model consistency has not been good, and forecast confidence is not especially high at this point. The high Sunday should be in the 50s. Just be aware that forecast changes could be required for the weekend in coming days.

NEXT WEEK: For now most of the week looks dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Seems like the next chance of rain comes toward the end of the week, around Friday January 17. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For tonight’s national championship game (Alabama vs Clemson, 7p CT, Levi’s Stadium) in Santa Clara, California, the sky will be cloudy, but we are not expecting anything more than widely scattered showers. Temperatures will be in the 50s.

ON THIS DATE IN 1988: A major southern snow storm; heaviest snow in Alabama was over the Tennessee Valley, where Huntsville measured 9.6″. Storm total accumulations ranged from around 2 inches in the Smith Lake area of southern Cullman County to over 10 inches in the far northeast corner of Alabama, with the majority of the area seeing over a half a foot. At least a trace of snow remained on the ground in Huntsville for nine days after the snow began, with at least a half a foot of snow remaining on the ground for four days. Around a million chickens were killed when the houses they were in collapsed due to snow and ice accumulations. Around a quarter million birds survived, but were not economically salvageable. Damage to poultry houses were estimated to be over $15 million in Cullman, Morgan, Marshall, DeKalb, and Lawrence counties. This prompted Governor Guy Hunt to declare a state of emergency for North Alabama.

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