Rain Tonight; Much Colder Air Returns Tomorrow

| January 19, 2022 @ 5:44 am

MILD AFTERNOON; RAIN TONIGHT: Temperatures will warm to near 60 degrees across Alabama today… it will be the warmest day of the week, and most likely the warmest day for the next two weeks. Clouds will increase, and rain will creep into the northwest corner of the state by late afternoon ahead of a cold front. Rain is likely over the northern half of the state tonight as the front pushes southward.

A fairly complex winter weather pattern is ahead for the next two days.

TOMORROW: As cold air rushes into the northern counties of Alabama tomorrow morning, there is a chance there could be some light freezing rain or freezing drizzle north of a line from Sulligent to Cullman to Scottboro, and an attendant chance of some light bridge icing. Not expecting widespread issues, but travelers need to be aware of that potential. A cold rain will fall on the rest of the state, ending from north to south during the day. Temperatures will hold in the 30s, and some communities across the Tennessee Valley will hover around freezing all day.

FRIDAY: A wave of low pressure forms along the front in the northern Gulf of Mexico, and precipitation will spread northward again. With cold air in place, a period of freezing rain is likely Friday morning in a broad zone from Mobile to Montgomery to Lafayette. This won’t be a crippling ice storm, but it could lead to some bridge icing, so if you area traveling over the southwest or central part of Alabama be aware of that potential during the morning hours.

To the north, some light snow, or snow flurries are possible Friday over parts of East and Northeast Alabama, where the cold air is deeper. But models continue to trend drier, and odds of accumulating snow, or travel impact, look low at this point.

Temperatures will remain in the 30s all day Friday pretty much statewide.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weekend will be cold and dry with mostly sunny days and fair nights. After a low well down in the 20s Saturday morning, the high Saturday afternoon will be in the mid to upper 40s, followed by a high in the 47-51 degree range Sunday afternoon.

NEXT WEEK: Monday will be dry with a high in the 50s. Then, another low forms in the Gulf of Mexico Monday night, and rain will return to the state Tuesday. For now thermal values look too warm for any wintry precipitation…. dry weather returns Wednesday through Friday with temperatures at or below average. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1961: Eight inches of snow fell and caused crippling traffic jams around the Washington D.C. area on the eve of John Kennedy’s inauguration. The president-elect had to cancel dinner plans and, in a struggle to keep other commitments, reportedly had only 4 hours of sleep. Former President Herbert Hoover was unable to fly into Washington National Airport due to the weather, and he had to miss the swearing-in ceremony.

ON THIS DATE IN 2008: A winter storm brought 3 to 5 inches of snow across parts of Marengo, Dallas, Perry, and Chilton counties in Central Alabama. Amounts in the Birmingham metro were generally under 1/2 inch.

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