Another Very Cold Night Ahead; Warming Trend Begins Tomorrow

| January 21, 2020 @ 3:12 pm

CLOUDLESS SKY: All 67 Alabama counties are completely cloud-free this afternoon as a cold, dry airmass stays in place. Temperatures are only in the mid 30s over North Alabama, with low 40s to the south. These values are about 20 degrees below average for late January in Alabama. Tonight will be clear and very cold; most places will see a low between 20 and 25, but teens are likely for the colder spots.

REST OF THE WEEK: Tomorrow will be dry with a partly to mostly sunny sky; temperatures reach the low 50s by afternoon as a warming trend begins. Clouds will increase tomorrow night.

Then, on Thursday, rain will likely push into West Alabama by afternoon ahead of the next approaching weather system. Rain becomes widespread Thursday night, then ending from west to east during the day Friday. For now it looks like the main window for rain will come from 4:00 p.m. Thursday through 12:00 noon Friday… amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely. Some thunder is possible over Southwest Alabama, but for most of the state it will be a stratiform rain event. The high Thursday will be in the 47-51 degree range, followed by mid 50s Friday.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Dry weather is expected over the weekend with seasonal temperatures. With a partly sunny sky, we project a high in the mid 50s Saturday and Sunday. A light freeze is possible early Sunday morning.

NEXT WEEK: Temperatures could reach 60 degrees by Tuesday, then rain returns at mid-week on Wednesday and Wednesday night. No sign of any extremely cold air next week… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

THIS MORNING: Here are some lows this morning across Alabama from the ABC 33/40 Skywatchers…

Black Creek 15
Heflin 18
Jacksonville 18
Remlap 20
Grayson Valley 21
Alexander City 21
Mountain Brook 22
Dunnavant 22
Hueytown 23
Cottondale 24
Millport 24
Northport 26
Coker 26

ON THIS DATE IN 1985: The temperature at Birmingham dropped to -6F… the second coldest on record for the city. Jacksonville, Florida recorded its all-time record low of 7 degrees. Macon, Georgia had its coldest day ever with a temperature of 6 degrees. It was the coldest Inauguration day in history as President Reagan is sworn in for a second term during cold and winds that resulted in wind chill readings of 30 degrees below zero. Because of the bitter cold temperatures, many of the outdoor Inauguration events were cancelled and President Reagan was sworn in the Capitol Rotunda.

ON THIS DATE IN 1999: A major tornado outbreak occurred from southwest into central and northeast Arkansas during the afternoon and evening. A total of 30 tornadoes tracked across 15 counties. Homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed in areas like Little Rock, Beebe, McRae, and in areas farther north and east. Eight deaths resulted from the tornadoes with 140 to 150 injuries also reported.

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I had a great time today visiting the kindergarten students at Weaver Elementary, and the 2nd graders at Briarwood Christian… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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