Weather Xtreme Video: A Decent But Cool Weekend, Snow Arrives On Tuesday

| January 26, 2019 @ 7:37 am

We have a few snow flurries showing up out there across the north and western parts of the area as of 6:45 this morning. As you can see on the satellite image, we have some clouds over the northern half of the state and back over into Mississippi. Temperatures across the area were in the mid-20s to the right at 30 degrees.

Taking a look at the 06z run of the GFS valid today at noon, high pressure will be centered just to our west in northeastern Mississippi. After the snow flurries, we have out there at the moment dissipate, we’ll have partly cloudy skies in the northern parts of the area with mostly clear in the south. Afternoon highs will be up in the upper 40s to the mid-50s. Skies will be partly cloudy tonight with overnight lows in the upper 20s to the mid-30s.

On Sunday, we’ll be in between a high to the north and a low out over the Gulf of Mexico. For us, that means we’ll have a mix of sun and clouds throughout the day but those clouds will mostly clear out by the late afternoon and into the evening. Highs will be in the lower 50s to near 60 degrees across the area, with lows in the lower to mid-30s.

On Monday, a low will be centered up in the Great Lakes region and an associated cold front will begin to approach the state, but we’ll stay dry during the daylight hours with mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 50s to the lower 60s. By the late night hours, the cold front will be close enough that showers will begin to move into the northwestern parts of the area at or just before midnight.

On Tuesday, the rain will quickly change over to snow as temperatures begin to fall below the freezing mark and we’ll see snow falling across the area from as early as 2:00 am in the northwest and leaving the eastern parts of the state by noon or just after. Temperatures will be warmest at midnight, starting off in the upper 20s to the lower 40s across the area from northwest to southeast, falling into the upper 20s to the mid-40s by 6:00 am, and into the upper 20s to the lower 40s across the area by noon.

Accumulations across the area look to range from around 1/4 inch from as far south as Demopolis to Clanton to Wedowee, to as much as 1/2 inch along the I-59 corridor and up to as much as 1-1/2 inches in the northwest corner of the state.

Now understand, we are still around 68 hours away from the start of this event. We’ll continue to get better information as the higher resolution models start to come in, and we’ll be able to nail down more precise timing and accumulation amounts as we get closer to Tuesday.

Wind will be another factor as they will be quite gusty at times, and that will send those wind chill factors much lower than the actual temperatures. Winds will be out of the northwest at 5-15 MPH with gusts as high as 25 MPH. Wind chills will be running as much as 10 degrees colder than actual at times.

Once the wintry precipitation leaves the area, those temperatures will continue to fall and any moisture out on the exposed surfaces including roadways will likely freeze leading to icing. Overnight lows will get down into the mid-teens to the lower 20s.

We’ll have much-improved conditions on Wednesday, but we could have icing issues lingering around through much of the morning as most places will not climb above the freezing mark until late morning. We’ll have plenty of sunshine with just one or two clouds and highs reaching the lower to mid-40s across the area, with upper 40s in the extreme southern portions of the area.

Thursday’s weather looks to be relatively nice and a little warmer than Wednesday. We’ll have mostly sunny skies and highs topping out in the lower 40s to the lower 50s.

And on Friday, the GFS is keeping Central Alabama dry, but the European shows some shower activity close by. At this point, we’ll go with mostly cloudy skies and a very small chance of a shower or two with afternoon highs in the mid-40s to the lower 50s.

And out in Voodoo Land, the GFS is showing that the next chance of showers may come on Monday, February 4th, and staying wet through Tuesday night. Once we get through the big drop-off in temperatures on Tuesday, those highs start to climb back up to around normal values at the end of the next 10 days with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s and 40s.

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Scott Martin is an operational meteorologist, professional graphic artist, musician, husband, and father. Not only is Scott a member of the National Weather Association, but he is also the Central Alabama Chapter of the NWA president. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides forecasts for many racing series across the USA. He also supplies forecasts for the BassMaster Elite Series events including the BassMaster Classic.

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