Very Cold, Then Warmer… Monday Afternoon Forecast Update – 4:30pm

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Good Monday afternoon! Despite the sun today, temperatures remain very cold. Highs have only reached the 20s across west and central Alabama, with wind chill values in the single digits at times. As the sun sets this evening, temperatures will rapidly drop. On average, we’ll all be in the teens by 7pm, and lower teens after 10pm. Areas along and north of I-20 will reach the 5 to 9 degree range for lows. Areas south of I-20 will reach the 10 to 13 degree range for lows. This is dangerously cold temperatures, and I cannot stress to how much we need to take caution. We are not accustomed to temperatures like that in Alabama, so it tends to be more of a shock on the human body. Make sure everyone has a source of heat tonight, and your pipes are well insulated. Pets need to be indoors!

Tuesday will be another very cold day. Wind chill values at sunrise will be in the 0 to -10 degree range, but winds will quickly go calm through the day. Highs will reach the upper 20s Tuesday afternoon, under a sunny sky. Expect another hard freeze Tuesday night, with lows in the middle to upper teens. Highs on Wednesday will finally crack the freezing mark, with most of the area reaching the lower 40s.

By Thursday, it will feel like a heat wave. Temperatures will top out near 50 on Thursday, with a gradual increase in clouds. Skies will become mostly cloudy on Friday and Saturday, with the chance of a passing shower or two on Friday and a good chance of rain on Saturday. Look for highs nearing 60 degrees over the weekend, which will feel great!

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Cold Continues! Monday Morning Forecast Update – 9:50am

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Good Monday morning! As of 10am, skies are mostly sunny across most of Alabama. The only clouds left are over extreme east and north Alabama, but the clouds there are thinning out fast. I expect all of Alabama to be sunny this afternoon. As expected, the winter weather didn’t become anything major. Any wintry mix remained mainly north of I-20 lastnight, but most of west and central Alabama had some light snow flurries during the late night hours. There were some reports of snow accumulations over the Tennessee Valley of north Alabama, but totals there were generally less than 1/2 an inch. We were concerned about black ice, but it appears we got away without any major issues lastnight and this morning. I don’t expect any issues with black ice for the rest of today…

Temperatures will hold steady much of the day, despite the sunshine. Strong cold air advection from the northwest will offset daytime heating. Areas along and north of I-20 will top out in the middle to lower 20s. Areas south of I-20 will top out in the upper 20s this afternoon. Wind chill values will remain below 10 degrees most of the day…

Once the sun sets tonight, very cold air will take over. Look for temperatures in the 8 to 12 degree range. Due to the extreme cold, many schools are delaying on Tuesday and some on Wednesday. Here’s a link to the latest school delays and closings: http://wvuatv.com/content/delaysclosings

Highs on Tuesday will warm into the upper 20s, but I expect all of our area to remain below freezing… Expect temperatures in the upper teens Wednesday morning, but we’ll finally climb above freezing by late morning on Wednesday, as highs reach the 40s.

This is dangerously cold air, so use your precautions. Make sure pets are indoors, people have a source of heat, pipes are well insulated and plants are covered or brought indoors.

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