Cold, Dry Pattern For Alabama

| January 16, 2014 @ 6:12 am

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COLD START: Some temperatures just before sunrise this morning include 16 at Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden), 17 at Haleyville and Gardendale, 18 at Valley Head, 19 at Pleasant Grove, Cullman, and Fort Payne, 20 at Coker, 21 at Birmingham and Fayette, 22 at Chelsea, and 23 at Tuscaloosa and Anniston. Lots of frost as well.

Expect a mostly sunny sky today with a high in the 47-51 degree range.

TONIGHT/TOMORROW: The next “Alberta Clipper” type system will push a boundary in here tonight with some clouds, and just maybe a few sprinkles, but the air is very dry and rain won’t be significant. A surge of colder air arrives tomorrow; nothing dramatic, but the high will drop back into the low to mid 40s with a partly sunny sky. We might hear of a few snow flurries over the northeast corner of the state, but most places stay dry.

OUR WEEKEND: Saturday morning will be pretty cold; I expect temperatures very similar to this morning, with lows in the 17 to 24 degree range. Then, the weekend will feature a good supply of sunshine both days. Afternoon highs will be in the low to mid 50s, right at seasonal averages for mid-January in Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: Another disturbance in the northwest flow aloft will bring some clouds Monday night, and maybe a sprinkle or a light shower, followed by another shot of colder air Tuesday and Wednesday.

The overall pattern for the next 7 days is very benign; the air is too dry for any big rain or wintry weather threat, and there won’t be any really serious cold periods, but temperatures will remain below average.

THE LAND OF VOODOO: Still seeing evidence of a close call with winter weather mischief around here in about 10-12 days, but that is nothing to be concerned about now. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

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