Trending Colder In The Days Ahead

| January 9, 2019 @ 5:45 am

WINDY, COOLER TODAY: Look for sunshine in full supply across Alabama today, but the day will be cooler with a high in the 50s, and a brisk northwest wind of 12-22 mph will make it feel colder. The winds will calm down tonight, allowing temperatures to drop into the 20s across North/Central Alabama early tomorrow morning… freezing temperatures are likely deep into South Alabama.

Tomorrow and Friday will be sunny with cold mornings; the high tomorrow will be in the 40s for the northern half of the state, with low 50s Friday. Clouds will move in Friday night.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be a cloudy, cool day with periods of rain as a surface wave of low pressure moves across the state. The latest data from global models suggests the best chance of meaningful rain will come from about 12:00 noon until 12:00 midnight; rain amounts will be around 1/2 inch. The air will be stable, so no worries with severe storms, and most will hear no thunder.

Sunday will be cloudy and cool, and there will be some risk of a little lingering light rain or drizzle during the morning hours. The high Sunday will be in the 48-54 degree range for most communities across North/Central Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: The weather looks dry with seasonal temperatures Monday through Wednesday; highs will be mostly in the 50s, and lows in the 30s. Rain will return late in the week; the latest data suggests rain is most likely Thursday night into Friday. No sign of any “winter weather mischief” for Alabama anytime soon (snow, sleet, freezing rain, etc). See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 2006: With cold air sweeping in from the Himalayas, New Delhi reports frost for the first time in 70 years with a low temperature of 0.2°C (32.3°F). The cold prompted officials to order all schools to close for three days.

ON THIS DATE IN 2011: Snow and freezing rain developed across Alabama during the afternoon and evening hours, and by daybreak the following day (January 10, 2011), areas north of Interstate 20 were reporting anywhere from 1 to 14 inches of snow with the heaviest totals near the Alabama-Tennessee state line. Ice reports were as high as 0.50 inches in multiple counties south of Interstate 20. Businesses and schools had declared they would be closed on Monday January 10 and for good reason. Road conditions around central Alabama caused many counties to declare that roads would be closed. Unfortunately, this winter weather event caused the loss of at least 2 lives on area roadways because of slick conditions.

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