Cold Now… Warmer Days Ahead… Thursday Forecast Update – 4:25pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out very chilly again today, as a reinforcing surge of cold air moves in from the north. Temperatures struggled to warm above freezing in many areas, with a chilly northwest wind. Expect a fast drop in temperatures tonight, under a clear sky and light to calm winds. Temperatures will fall into the upper teens in our area.

We will begin the slow warming trend on Friday, with afternoon highs in the lower 40s. Given the clear sky and light to calm wind, conditions will begin to feel a little warmer. We’ll drop into the lower 20s Friday night.

By Saturday, highs will reach the middle 40s, with some high cirrus clouds thinning out the sunlight a little.

We’ll continue to warm a bit on Sunday, with a high in the low 50s. Clouds increase Sunday afternoon ahead of our next rain maker. A soaking rain and some thunder will move through the area on Monday. Highs will reach the middle 50s given the Gulf air trying to move northward. Look for rain amounts near 1 inch for our area.

Alabama takes on Georgia in the National Championship Game in Atlanta on Monday. Expect a rainy day if traveling east for the game, and there could be a little light freezing rain early Monday morning near the Atlanta area before temperatures there warm above freezing. Temperatures will remain in the 40s in Atlanta through Monday evening. Fortunately, the game will be indoors!

Models have backed off the idea of any cold air after this system passes by, so temperatures will top out in the middle 50s on Tuesday, followed by low 60s on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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