Afternoon Weather Update – 3:20 p.m.

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A brutal blast of cold air is hammering much of the country. As I write this, the temperature is 31 degrees in Memphis, Tennessee, 19 degrees in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 6 degrees in Des Moines, IA and -12 in Fargo, North Dakota. There are Winter Weather Advisories for Freezing Rain, and some snow, from south Texas all the way into the Ohio River Valley and into the Northeast. There are even advisories for some freezing drizzle in northwest counties of Alabama. I do not expect any freezing precipitation in West Alabama tonight.

The cold front that’s brought all of this very cold and wintry weather to much of the country will not make it through West Alabama. We will, in fact, stay mild through the week… just outside this cold air mass.

The cold front will stall out in our area over the next couple of days, then lift north as a warm front mid-week. With the front being near us, there are chances for rain every day this week. Keep that umbrella handy!

The front will then sag back south over the weekend, and finally push all the way through on Sunday.

So, temperatures will be well above normal in much of our area during the day… mid-60s to mid-70s through Saturday. Overnight lows will be in the lower to middle 50s.

Sunday, cooler air finally returns. Highs will be in the lower 50s. Same deal for Monday of next week.

I’ll have more on the forecast on WVUA News First at 4:00 and tonight, on the news at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00.

Robert Stevenson
WVUA Weather