Very Cold Tonight, Warmer Weather Ahead
After starting our Saturday off cloudy, we have seen the sky clear today. But oh boy, despite the sunshine, it remained a down-right miserably cold day across the state. Highs today were in the upper 30s and lower 40s across South-Central Alabama, but in North Alabama, where there is a little bit of snow on the ground, temperatures remained in the 20s for highs. Our winds continue to blow out of the north-northwest which just adds insult in injury, and wind chills remain below freezing. Bundle up in layers if you have to head out and about today and tonight.
TONIGHT: With a clear sky and our winds diminishing, we are going to see a very cold night. Mid-20s are expected for much of South-Central Alabama. With temperatures that low, I want to urge people to remember to check on the 4 Ps…People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants. Even though it will be very cold tonight, this will be the coldest night of the next eight.
SUNNY SUNDAY: Improving weather for the second half of our weekend. We are going to see plenty of sunshine, and tomorrow could be one of those days it will be hard to find a cloud in the Alabama sky. It will not be as windy, and we are going to see warmer temperatures with most locations climbing into the lower 50s.
WARMING TREND: Heading into the new work week, we will continue to see moderating temperatures. Monday, we start the day off around the freezing mark, but once again look for an abundance of sunshine, and our highs about ten degrees warmer than Sunday, meaning upper 50s, and perhaps some 60s. Monday, we will begin to see clouds increase as an upper trough will push by well to our north, that will take a surface low into the Great Lakes and drag a cold front into Alabama. There does not appear to be much instability with the system with the main upper dynamics well north of us, so it looks like just rain showers with the potential for one half to three quarters of an inch of rain. Behind the front temperatures will cool back into the lower 50s for highs and lows in the 30s. For the second half of the week, gradually warming conditions and no signs of bitterly cold air over the state.