Sharply Colder Today; Rain Pushing Southward

| January 20, 2022 @ 5:34 am

COLD, WET: A cold front continues to push southward across Alabama early this morning, accompanied by a large area of rain. Temperatures are approaching the freezing mark across the Tennessee Valley at daybreak, and there remains some outside chance of a little light freezing rain or drizzle over the northern third of the state through mid-morning, but major icing issues are not expected. The rain should be confined to the southern half of the state by afternoon; parts of North Alabama could see a bit of clearing as the air becomes drier. Temperatures will likely hold in the 30s most of the day across North/Central Alabama with a chilly north wind.

For most of Alabama, tonight and tomorrow will be cold and dry… after starting the day in the 20s early tomorrow, the high will be in the 38-44 degree range. Some sun is possible over the northern counties tomorrow, but clouds hang tough over South Alabama, and some rain is possible near the Gulf Coast as a wave forms on the front to the south. Odds of any freezing rain down in South Alabama now look very low tomorrow morning.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The look for a good supply of sunshine both days; the high Saturday will be in the 46-50 degree range, followed by highs between 48 and 54 Sunday. Morning lows will be well down in the 20s… some colder spots over North Alabama could reach the upper teens by daybreak Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Monday will be a dry day with a high in the 50s, but rain returns to the state late Monday night into Tuesday morning with the next wave moving in from the west. Rain amounts should be 1/2 inch or less, and no wintry precipitation is expected. Then, the weather looks dry Wednesday through Friday with temperatures a little below average. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1937: The wettest Inaugural Day of record with 1.77 inches of rain in 24 hours. Temperatures were only in the 30s as Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in for his second term.

ON THIS DATE IN 2010: One of the strongest January tornado outbreaks in recent memory unfolded across East Texas and the western part of Louisiana. This event included the strongest tornado to hit the ArkLaTex in at least two decades. Six tornadoes touched down across the region. Thankfully, no deaths were reported.

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