Cold Air Ahead! Tuesday Forecast Update – 3:50pm


Good Tuesday evening to you and a Happy New Year’s Eve! Thanks to an active southern branch of the jetstream, we couldn’t get rid of the high level clouds today. Some clearing has been noted across parts of north and central Alabama, but it looks like skies will remain partly to mostly cloudy through tonight and on Wednesday. Despite some clouds, there is very little moisture under the deck of clouds, so rain is not expected through atleast Wednesday afternoon.

If you have plans outside for this New Year’s Eve, expect a gradual drop in temperatures after sunset. Most spots will fall into the 30s by 7pm and lower 30s at midnight. Winds should remain calm through the overnight hours, but the cold temperatures may require a thick jacket. The first day of 2014 will be dry and a tad warmer. Temperatures will reach the middle to upper 50s Wednesday afternoon before clouds become thick and rain moves in Wednesday night. A few light showers are possible as early as 6pm Wednesday, but I expect the best chance of rain to come into the area late Wednesday night and early on Thursday. Rain will gradually come to and end after lunch on Thursday.

There is a chance that light rain could mix with a few snow flakes north of I-20 Thursday afternoon and evening, but I don’t expect any issues with that or any accumulations. The best chance of that will happen over the Tennessee Valley of north Alabama and the state of Tennessee.

Friday will feature a very cold day, with highs in the upper 30s north of I-20 and lower 40s south of I-20. Look for sunny skies on Friday, with most areas in the lower 20s both Friday morning and Saturday morning. We’ll try to warm a little on Saturday, with highs closer to 50s.

Clouds increase on Sunday and Monday, with the chance of occasional light showers. Highs will top out in the lower 50s on Sunday and middle 40s on Monday. There are signs of some very cold air taking over on Monday and Tuesday, so we’ll keep a close eye on the next few runs of our forecast data.

If you’re making a trip to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl, the rain gear will be needed at times on Thursday. Some light rain is possible in New Orleans, as Alabama takes on Oklahoma. The good news… The game is inside the superdome, so rain will not be an issue inside the game… Outside the dome, expect temperatures in the 50s.

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