Coldest Night So Far This Winter

| January 21, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

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COLD AIR BLOWING IN: A stiff north breeze is ushering in modified Arctic air, and this airmass should set the stage for the coldest night so far this season. Up until now, the lowest temperature at the Birmingham Airport this winter is 26 degrees, measured on Dec 22, Dec 30, Jan 4, and Jan 7. The GFS is printing a low of 23 early tomorrow, which sounds good to us. Keep in mind we will still have a north breeze of 5-10 mph, so the wind chill index will be in the upper teens in most places early tomorrow. The sky will be clear.

Despite a sunny sky tomorrow, we won’t make it out of the 40s tomorrow. In fact, some communities north of Birmingham probably won’t make it out of the 30s with a chilly north breeze. And, another very significant freeze is likely tomorrow night, with lows well down in the 20s again early Wednesday.

A warming trend begins Wednesday afternoon with a high around 50; we then expect upper 50s Thursday, and a high near 60 on Friday as the late week warm-up continues.

NEXT CHANCE OF RAIN: An approaching cold front will bring our next chance of rain Friday afternoon into Friday night. We don’t expect severe weather, and rain amounts should be generally one-half inch or less with the main window for rain coming from about 4:00 p.m. through 12:00 midnight Friday.

Much colder air blows in here late Friday night, and a snow flake or two is not totally out of the question as the cold air rushes in, but it should not be anything significant.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Another cold airmass drops in here on Saturday. The high should be in the 40s, and like tomorrow, some places north of Birmingham could hold in the 30s all day. And, after a low well down in the 20s early Sunday, we begin to warm up Sunday afternoon with a high in the low 50s. The weekend will be dry with a partly to mostly sunny sky both days.

NEXT WEEK: The GFS is still advertising a pretty big rain/storm event for Alabama during the first half of the week, followed by much colder air. See the Weather Xtreme video for the details and graphics.

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