Very Cold Air on the Way… Monday Forecast Update – 4:15pm #alwx

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Good Monday afternoon! It has turned out to be a chilly day across Alabama, with highs only in the 40s for many locations, despite lots of sunshine. Temperatures will remain cold tonight, with lows in the upper 20s. A light to moderate freeze is likely, so make sure pipes, plants, and pets are protected. If you know of someone without a source of heat, please check on them.

Tuesday will be the warmest day for a while, with highs reaching the lower to middle 50s. A southwest wind will allow temperatures to get closer to average before dropping quickly on Wednesday. We’ll enjoy lots of sun on Tuesday. The Arctic cold front will reach Alabama early on Wednesday, with strong north or northwest winds. Winds could gust to 25 mph at times on Wednesday. Highs will only top out in the upper 30s, then very rapidly fall as the sun sets. Everyone will drop below freezing by 6pm on Wednesday and remain below freezing until the mid morning hours on Friday. Some areas south of I-20 may warm just a couple of degrees above freezing on Thursday, but most areas will not make it…

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The coldest night will occur Wednesday night, with temperatures dropping into the 12 to 14 degree range for cities such as Tuscaloosa, Livingston, Greensboro, Clanton, Alabaster and Talladega. Wind chill values in these areas late Wednesday night will drop to 0 at times. Areas such as Fayette, Vernon, Hamilton, Cullman, Birmingham, Gadsden and Anniston will drop into the 8 to 11 degree range, with a wind chill near -5 at times. Areas along and south of HWY 80 will fall into the 15 to 19 degree range, with a wind chill of 5 at times. This is dangerous cold, so please bring your pets indoors and check on people without a source of heat. There will be warming stations available in some areas. Any unprotected pipes will burst, so please make sure your water pipes are well insulated. Also, make sure you have antifreeze in your car!

We’ll only warm into the 40s on Friday and Saturday, with a slow increase in clouds by the weekend. With a disturbance moving over Alabama on Friday, there could be some isolated light sleet, but I don’t expect any problems. Most areas will probably not see any sleet pellets. Some rain will become possible at times on Sunday, but at this time, Saturday looks dry…

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