Wednesday Forecast Discussion Update

We didn’t break any morning low temperatures records today, but it sure did start off cold enough. Here are some reported morning lows:

Hamilton: 15
Centreville: 18
Helena: 20
Clanton: 23
Selma: 24
Gadsden: 24
Ashville: 25
Cordova: 25
Tuscaloosa: 28

Another blast of cold air is headed our way and this will be arriving early tomorrow. In the meantime, it looks like we’ll be able to enjoy a fairly pleasant afternoon, with lots of sunshine and highs near 60-degrees. A mild southwest breeze will make for a slower fall in temperatures early tonight and then we will have a wind shift after midnight. Lows will be near freezing and temperatures will be slow to climb during the day tomorrow. A steady flow of cold air will be over the area and this will keep highs tomorrow in the 40s. Tomorrow will be a bright day, but it’s going to feel very uncomfortable. Tomorrow night as winds diminish we will drop to near 20-degrees. Temperatures won’t improve much on Friday, with more highs in the 40s. Look for another hard freeze Friday night, with a forecasted low of 19-degrees!
The core of the cold air will thankfully shift east over the weekend. A mild flow will return and this will allow our temperatures to recover into the low 60s by Sunday. High-pressure, that has kept us dry, will be shifting east and this will enhance the flow of moisture and milder air into the state by Monday. Low-pressure will be gathering strength back over Oklahoma by next Tuesday. This feature will send a line of rain and possibly thunderstorms in our direction for late Tuesday into Wednesday morning. (Image Source: Unisys; NAM 1000 MB plot showing more cold air on the move)

Updated by: Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt