Midday Nowcast: Quiet Start to Week; Storm Threat Thursday

| January 9, 2023 @ 10:29 am

Mainly sunny for our Monday with highs in the 50s across much of North/Central Alabama. Tonight will be partly cloudy and cold with lows in the 30s. The weather stays dry tomorrow and Wednesday with highs in the 60s both days. A few showers are possible across along the Coast Wednesday as a strong southerly flow develops ahead of an approaching cold front.

STORM THREAT THURSDAY: A cold front will bring a band of rain and thunderstorms into Alabama late Wednesday night into Thursday. The SPC has defined a severe weather threat for much of the state in their “Day 4” outlook, which translates into a “slight risk” (level 2/5) of severe storms.

For now, damaging winds should be the main severe threat, as it looks to be more of a line of storms, and not individual cells. However, within the line, there could be occasional embedded tornadic circulations within the line, so we will be watching. Plan ahead for this storm threat and be prepared. Rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are expected.

COLDER WEEKEND: The weather turns sharply colder Friday behind the front with a mix of sun and clouds. A few snow flurries are possible during the morning hours over far North Alabama, but no impact or accumulation is expected. Temperatures won’t get out of the 40s across North Alabama. The weekend will feature sunny cool days and clear cold nights…temperatures will be below freezing over the northern half of the state both Saturday and Sunday morning. Highs will struggle to climb out of the 40s again on Saturday, but 50s will be more common on Sunday.

BEACH FORECAST CENTER: Get the latest weather and rip current forecasts for the beaches from Fort Morgan to Panama City on our Beach Forecast Center page. There, you can select the forecast of the region that you are interested in visiting.

WORLD TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation outside the U.S. was 110.5F at San Antonio Oeste, Argentina. The lowest observation was -75.3F at Dzalinda, Russia.

CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation was 83F at Miles City, FL. The lowest observation was -15F at Peter Sinks, UT.

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