Dangerous Cold Continues… Sunday Eve Forecast Update #alwx @wvua23

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Happy New Year’s Eve! Our local weather is dangerously cold tonight, with air temperatures dropping into the middle teens overnight and wind chill values in the 0 to 10 degree range. Expect clear skies overnight and dry conditions.

Skies will be mostly sunny on Monday and Tuesday, with highs in the low 30s both afternoons. We may rise just above freezing on Tuesday after a long stretch below freezing.

A weak upper level disturbance will move across the area Tuesday night into Wednesday. At the moment, low level moisture appears too limited for snow, but we’ll watch trends carefully.

Temperatures will remain very cold through the rest of the week. Highs will remain in the 30s through Friday, with lows generally in the middle teens each night.

With the extreme cold air coming up, make sure you protect the 4 Ps. People, pets, plants and pipes. Make sure friends and family have a source of heat. Pets need to be brought indoors, even the normal outside pets. Plants that are damaged by cold air will be damaged and killed by this weather. Hardy plants that are cold weather tolerant will be fine. Exposed water lines will freeze. Leave your cabinet doors open and the heat up high enough to prevent pipes from freezing in your walls.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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4am Sunday Update: Winter Wx Less Likely… Very Cold Air Moving in! #alwx @wvua23

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At 4am, radar trends are looking encouraging for our area, as moisture is pretty limited in the cold air side of the front. Temperatures remain above freezing for all of central Alabama as of 4am, but I expect temperatures to gradually fall through the morning. The wave that is producing light drizzle over central Mississippi is moving into west Alabama, but most highres models indicate this will shift southeast quickly this morning rather than expand northward as the colder temperatures arrive. It’s still possible for a little light freezing drizzle or a few sleet pellets through noon today, but I expect most of central Alabama to make it through this without issues. We’ll continue to watch radar trends and make changes to the forecast as needed.

The National Weather Service is continuing with the winter weather advisory for now to play it safe this morning. We may see the advisory dropped if radar trends continue the drier look this morning.

If you have plans to travel this morning, check on the latest weather conditions before you head out incase there are any problems for your area.

Keep in mind, bitterly cold air is coming in! Temperatures will drop into the lower 30s with wind chill much colder than that today. Wind chill values will drop into the single digits by sunrise Monday morning. We’ll likely stay below freezing all day on Monday and some could stay below freezing all day on Tuesday as well. Temperatures at night will drop into the upper teens Sunday night, then lower to middle teens Monday night and Tuesday night. A stretch of cold air doesn’t happen often in Alabama, so it’s very important to take cold weather precautions. Please make sure your family and friends have a source of heat in this type of cold. Bring your pets indoors or make sure they have a source of heat. Leave your faucets dripping to prevent pipes from freezing. And, leave all bedroom door and cabinets open to allow heat to circulate. Also, cold sensitive plants need to be protected…

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Winter Weather Advisory for Sunday 3am – 6pm… Saturday Thoughts – 1:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Saturday to you! As of 1:30pm, the National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a winter weather advisory for all of west and most of central Alabama. Basically everyone along and to the west of I-65. This is for Sunday 3am through 6pm. Unlike the last winter weather event, this one is NOT for accumulating snow. The current advisory is for the risk of light freezing drizzle.

Freezing rain is rain that freezes on contact with the ground and objects due to below freezing surface temperatures. Temperatures 5,000 feet above the ground are well above freezing, preventing any snow from reaching the ground. Also, there is extremely dry air in what we call the snow growth zone of the atmosphere, preventing snow flakes from forming. Basically, we’ll have this shallow layer of moisture and below freezing temperatures. There could be enough freezing drizzle to cause some isolated road or bridge icing. We’ll need to watch this carefully, as a little more freezing drizzle or freezing rain than expected could cause more problems.

By Sunday evening, moisture will be gone and roads should dry out. Given the fact temperatures will remain below freezing all day, we’ll need to watch for existing road issues through your New Year’s eve plans. Given the light and spotty nature of the precip, major issues are unlikely. Again, this is not a setup for snow like the event earlier this month.

We’ll watch it carefully… The big story coming up will be the extreme cold air. Temperatures will remain below freezing all day on Sunday and Monday. Some of you may remain below freezing through Tuesday as well, especially north of I-20. Wind chill values will be in the single digits both Monday night and Tuesday night.

Richard Scott

Very Cold Air Coming… Freezing Drizzle Possible Sunday… Friday Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out nice today, with lots of sunshine. Temperatures managed to reach the upper 40s to near 50 in many areas, which wasn’t that bad with the sunshine. Clouds will increase overnight, with a low in the upper 20s.

Saturday will feature a mostly cloudy and cool day. Highs will top out in the upper 40s.

A weak surface low in the northern gulf will spread moisture into the very cold air over Alabama on Sunday. This may be just enough to get a little light freezing drizzle over west and southwest Alabama between 3am and 3pm on Sunday. It’s not out of the question to have some icy bridges develop, but there is no sign of a big freezing rain event. Given the lack of moisture high up in the atmosphere where snow growth is located, this is only a setup for a light freezing drizzle and not snow. If there was moisture in the snow growth, we could see some flakes on Sunday, but there are no indications of that at this time. We’ll watch trends carefully, but at this time, I don’t expect major travel issues on Sunday. Temperatures will remain below freezing all day on Sunday and Monday. Some areas may not even climb above freezing on Tuesday north of I-20. This means, some communities may not rise above 32 degrees for 2 to 3 days…

Temperatures Sunday night through Thursday night will drop into the teens, with wind chill values in the single digits for some! Dry weather will stick with us Monday through Friday…

With the extreme cold air coming up, make sure you protect the 4 Ps. People, pets, plants and pipes. Make sure friends and family have a source of heat. Pets need to be brought indoors, even the normal outside pets. Plants that are damaged by cold air will be damaged and killed by this weather. Hardy plants that are cold weather tolerant will be fine. Exposed water lines will freeze. Leave your cabinet doors open and the heat up high enough to prevent pipes from freezing in your walls.

It appears we’re going to be stuck in this cold pattern for atleast 2 weeks…

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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Extreme Cold Air Coming… Very Cold for Next 10 to 14 days… Thursday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! It’s been another chilly late December day in Alabama, with most areas remaining in the 40s for afternoon highs. I expect a widespread freeze tonight, with a low in the middle to upper 20s.

Friday will turn out to be the nicest day for a long time, as we get ready to dive into an unusually cold stretch for Alabama. Highs will approach 50 on Friday, with upper 40s on Saturday. Clouds increase on Saturday, but models have trended dry for both Saturday and Sunday. We were watching for the potential for wintry weather, but models have really moved away from that idea. The big story will be the extreme cold coming up.

Cold air will take over on Sunday, with highs in the upper 30s. Look for a mostly cloudy sky with a wind chill below freezing all day.

New Year’s Eve night will be very cold, with middle 20s by midnight, with upper teens to lower 20s by sunrise Monday morning.

New Year’s Day will be the coldest day in a long time, with temperatures likely staying below freezing all day. We will go below freezing around 5pm Sunday evening and remain below freezing until about 11am Tuesday morning, then only climb into the upper 30s Tuesday afternoon.

Look for teens each night next week including  Monday night, Tuesday night, Wednesday night and Thursday night. Highs will struggle to reach 40 on Wednesday.

Another surge of cold air comes in on Thursday, with a high back to near or below freezing. Wind chill on Thursday will be in the teens to low 20s all day.

With the extreme cold air coming up, make sure you protect the 4 Ps. People, pets, plants and pipes. Make sure friends and family have a source of heat. Pets need to be brought indoors, even the normal outside pets. Plants that are damaged by cold air will be damaged and killed by this weather. Hardy plants that are cold weather tolerant will be fine. Exposed water lines will freeze. Leave your cabinet doors open and the heat up high enough to prevent pipes from freezing in your walls.

It appears we’re going to be stuck in this cold pattern for atleast 2 weeks…

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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Few Clouds South for Thursday. Wednesday Forecast Update, 5:05pm. @wvua23 #wxal

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Good Wednesday evening! Rain from early this morning quickly cleared out and skies have been trying to clear for most. There has remained a good mix of sun and clouds. After the rain came cool weather that has lasted through the day. Tonight, plan on a very chilly evening as skies continue to clear. There should be a fairly steady wind this evening from the northeast, that’ll make our wind chills 5-8 degrees cooler than our air temperature.

Tomorrow, that wind dies off and becomes calm. A few clouds will remain south of the I-20 line, but there will still be several peeks of sunshine. Those north of the I-20 line will have mostly sunny skies. Highs tomorrow will basically be determined by the amount of sun you get.

Looking ahead to the weekend, the forecast gets a little wild. Models have been on a brawl the past few days on what is going to happen, but it looks like they may finally be coming into agreement. Friday will lead us into the weekend with mostly sunny skies and the warmest weather of the forecast. Friday night, clouds start to trickle in and continue to slowly filter in through Saturday. Sunday (New Years Eve) looks to have the chance for stray showers starting late morning into the afternoon. Overnight and into the start of the New Year looks to bring the chance for a wintry mix. Amounts and impacts are still unclear at this time though. It’s difficult to know right now exactly because it will all be determined on how far north moisture can move inland from our south before cold air runs into the state from a large inbound trough. Some models show that we could receive roughly 1″ of snow, while others are hinting at more of a sleet/freezing rain event. With all that out there, please stay updated with us and/or RELIABLE sources on new information concerning the chance for winter weather.

After the rain/wintry mix early Monday, skies will slowly clear and temperatures will be bitterly cold since highs will only reach the upper 30’s. Monday night will be badly cold with lows dipping into the teens, so if your house isn’t winter weather ready yet, start making preparations. Also, make sure that during that time you’re bringing in outdoor pets and making measures to insure that your pipes don’t freeze. Tuesday and Wednesday we slowly warm as skies remain mostly sunny both days.

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Rain Tonight/Tomorrow AM, Then Decreasing Clouds. Tuesday Forecast Update, 8:45pm. #wxal @wvua23

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Good Tuesday evening! We had a mix of clouds and sun today across central Alabama. Rain arrived for those at the southern-half of I-20 early this evening. Showers will last through the evening and make their way up to the I-22, to Birmingham, to I-20 line. Right along that line will be the chance for a short lived wintry mix. No accumulations are expected with this and road conditions will remain unaffected. That mix will end early tomorrow morning as rain moves southward and ends from north to south. By lunchtime, everyone will be dry across central Alabama, and clouds will start to decrease. Unfortunately, not all the clouds will make it out, and some of the southern-most counties will still be keeping the clouds around.

Thursday, clouds try to push back in during the day, but those north of the I-20 line will remain sunny to mostly sunny. Those south of it will be battling clouds. Thursday night, skies fully clear as we head into Friday. We will still be remaining cold though, despite that sunshine!

Looking ahead to the weekend (and New Years Eve), Saturday will remain dry as patchy clouds filter in. Those clouds will lead to the chance for a few stray showers Sunday for New Years Eve. There is some uncertainty with this forecast, so stay posted with us in case there are any changes.

Moving into our new year, we remain dry with decreasing clouds Monday and sunny skies for Tuesday.

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