Cold Days Ahead
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An area of high pressure and deep trough in the upper-levels will bring very cold air into the state to start the new week. Though we are going to see plenty of sunshine on Monday, highs will likely not climb out of the 40s. Then brace yourself for perhaps the coldest night so far this winter as widespread lower and mid 20s are in the forecast by Tuesday morning. The GFS shows a low of 25 while the NAM shows 23 for Montgomery Tuesday morning. Tuesday afternoon will be beautiful with a cobalt blue sky and an abundance of sunshine, but another chilly day is forecast with afternoon highs near 50F.
WARMER & WETTER: Wednesday will start off cold with most locations in the upper 20s, but afternoon temperatures will rebound into the mid and upper 50s. Clouds will be increasing and we may see a few showers late in the day as a shortwave trough moves across the state. Then for Thursday and Friday, and another upper-level feature moves out of the Rockies. This will allow a surface area of low pressure to develop over the Southern Plains and lift towards the northeast. That keeps Alabama on the warmer side of the system, and though we will see periods of rain these two days, it doesn’t look that winter weather mischief will impact Alabama, but of course things can change. However, if you are heading north, snow is expected for portions of Tennessee and Kentucky mid to late week. Highs will be back in the mid 60s, Thursday but then will cool back off into the 50s by Friday as colder air while overnight lows will be in the 40s.
WEEKEND PEEK: At this time, it looks as though the late week storm system will be pulling away from the area, yielding improving, yet chilly weather for the weekend. Saturday we should see partly sunny conditions with highs in the lower 50s. Then Sunday, mainly sunny and seasonal with a low in the lower 30s and afternoon high near 50F. The overall patter becomes more zonal and not so trough ridge across the country, meaning no extreme cold.