Much Colder Air Arrives Tonight

| January 31, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

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CLIPPER ON THE WAY: Alabama is enjoying sunshine in full supply today, with temperatures hovering in the upper 40s and low 50s at mid-afternoon. To the north, a strong upper disturbance we call an “Alberta Clipper” is moving rapidly in our direction, and will pull down some very cold air late tonight and tomorrow.

SNOW SHOWERS? A very real possibility with the Clipper tonight, especially over Northeast Alabama. The latest RPM actually shows some potential for a snow shower all the way down to I-20 very early tomorrow, and that is not totally out of the question. The best chance of snow showers will come from about midnight to 6:00 a.m… and I could easily see a dusting on top of Lookout Mountain, and other higher terrain locations of Northeast Alabama. But, I doubt if it will be enough to create any travel issues.

COLD FRIDAY: The high for Birmingham will be about 40 degrees tomorrow… and locations north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 30s. Some of the traditionally colder pockets might even have a hard time getting above freezing. The first day of February will make us shiver, but at least the sun will be out. A very significant freeze is ahead for tomorrow night; we project lows in the 20-25 degree range early Saturday, with upper teens for the colder spots.

OUR WEEKEND: Clouds will increase Saturday ahead of a cold front, and we will mention the risk of a little light rain by mid to late afternoon, and into the evening hours. Moisture will be very limited, and rain amounts should be 1/4 inch or less for most places. We do note models have been hinting at some risk of snow flakes Saturday evening over far Northeast Alabama, but like tonight’s event we don’t expect any problems if that happens. Then, on Sunday, the sky becomes partly to mostly sunny with a high in the low to mid 50s.

NEXT WEEK: The week looks generally quiet with a slow warm-up; a good chance we reach the low 60s by Tuesday and Wednesday. The next decent chance of rain could very well come the following weekend (Feb 9-10)… see the Weather Xtreme video for more long range ideas and all of the maps and graphics.

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