Spotty Showers Today; Colder, Dry For The Rest Of The Week

| January 8, 2019 @ 5:47 am

ONE MORE MILD DAY: A cold front is approaching Alabama today, and ahead of it we have a few spotty showers on radar this morning. We will maintain the chance of widely scattered showers today, but rain amounts will be light, and some communities won’t see enough rain to measure. Otherwise, the sky will be mostly cloudy today, and temperatures remain unseasonably mild for January with 60s for North Alabama, and low 70s down across the southern counties. The average high for January 8 at Birmingham is 53.

CODLER AIR RETURNS: The sky will clear tonight, and tomorrow will feature sunshine in full supply, but the day will be colder with a high in the 50s. A north wind of 10-20 mph will make it feel colder. The wind dies down tomorrow night, and by early Thursday morning we expect lows below freezing for most of the state, with 20s from I-20 north.

Thursday and Friday will be cold and dry; ample sunshine both days with highs in the 40s over the northern half of the state, with 50s for South Alabama. Another freeze is likely early Friday morning.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Clouds return Friday night, and we will forecast a cool day Saturday with periods of rain as a surface wave passes through the state. The high will be in the 50s, and rain amounts of around 1/2 inch are likely. North of Alabama some snow is possible over parts of Missouri, Kentucky, and maybe far northern Tennessee.

Most of the rain will move out late Saturday night, and Sunday looks cloudy and cold with temperatures holding in the 40s over the northern half of the state. The sky will clear Sunday night.

NEXT WEEK: The weather looks dry Monday through Wednesday with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s… rain returns Thursday, followed by a clearing sky Friday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

For now we see no sign of any snow, ice, or bitterly cold temperatures for Alabama and the Deep South for the next 10-15 days.

ON THIS DATE IN 1973: Georgia’s worst ice storm since 1935 occurred on from the 7th through the 8th. Freezing rain and sleet began during the early morning hours on Sunday the 7th and ended in most areas during the day on Monday. Total damage was estimated at well over $25 million. The electric power companies suffered losses estimated at $5 million and telephone companies had another $2 million in damages. Some schools were closed for more than a week. Icing in Alabama was much lighter.

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