Sunday Evening Forecast Discussion – 8:30 p.m.

Above average temperatures welcomed 2012 to Central Alabama today. A cold front made its way across the state this afternoon with the colder air trailing behind. Temperatures will be cool tonight as the cold air continues to puch into the area. Overnight lows will be in the low 30s.

As a trough digs south across the eastern US, a clipper system on the back side of the trough will bring the coldest air of the season to West Alabama. Highs on Monday will struggle to get out of the low 40s Brisk conditions with wind gusts between 20-25 mph will keep wind chills in the 30s during the afternoon. Temperatures overnight Monday will fall into the teens and low 20s. Brisk winds will stick around overnight resulting in wind chills as low as the lower teens. Another cold day on Tuesday with highs in the low 40s and upper 30s. As high pressure builds across the area Tuesday night winds will diminish under clear skies and temperatures will fall into the upper teens and lower 20s by Wednesday morning.

Wednesday and Thursday highs will be in the 50s and lows in the 30s. An upper level shortwave crossing the northern gulf could bring a chance of rain back to the area early next weekend.

Daniel Sparkman
WVUA Weather