Cold Air Stays In Place Through Tomorrow

| January 20, 2022 @ 2:58 pm

COLD WINTER DAY: Temperatures are generally below freezing at mid-afternoon across North Alabama north of I-20, with readings in the 25-32 degree range. We are seeing mostly 30s across the rest of the state, and some rain continues across the southeast counties of the state ahead of the push of cold air. The average high for Birmingham on January 20 is 54.

We note some clearing over the northwest corner of the state this afternoon, but most of the state remains under a thick blanket of clouds. The low early tomorrow will be in the 22-32 degree range across the state, and the rain across Southeast Alabama will diminish this evening.

Tomorrow will be cold and dry for most of the state with a mix of sun and clouds; the high will be in the 38-42 degree range. Some rain is possible near the Gulf Coast as a wave of low pressure forms along the front offshore.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Look for a good supply of sunshine both days… the high Saturday will be in the mid to upper 40s, and between 47 and 51 degrees Sunday. Mornings will be very cold with lows in the 18-24 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: Monday will be dry with a high in the 50s, then the next wave bring rain into the state late Monday night into Tuesday morning. Rain amounts will be around 1/2 inch, and the rain will end from west to east Tuesday afternoon. Then, dry weather is likely Wednesday through Friday with temperatures remaining below average. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1985: A cold wave was in progress over the eastern half of the U.S., including Alabama. Birmingham’s low January 20, 1985 was -4. Other lows across that morning included

Huntsville -9
Muscle Shoals -8
Anniston -2
Tuscaloosa 1
Montgomery 4
Mobile 9

ON THIS DATE IN 2019: An EF-1 tornado moved through Wetumpka in Elmore County. The tornado touched down on the north side of the Coosa River, south of South Boundary Street. The tornado tracked north northeast right into Wetumpka. Just after crossing South Boundary Street, the tornado began snapping and uprooting trees. The strongest winds appeared to be between West Bridge Street and West Tuskeena Street where several large trees were down and a church was damaged. The tornado continued north northeast where several more trees were downed and several structures received minor roof damage. The tornado lifted near Wetumpka City Park and North Bridge Street. The tornado was 1.53 miles long and was 450 yards wide at its widest point.

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