Cold Days Ahead.. Light Snow Possible Tuesday… Friday Forecast Update – 4:25pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! It has turned out to be a very cold day across Alabama, with temperatures steadily falling behind an Arctic cold front. Many areas started off around sunrise in the low 60s, with 4pm temperatures in the lower to middle 30s. Portions of west and northwest Alabama have already dropped below freezing. A strong northwest wind has wind chill values well down in the 20s. Snow showers and flurries are ongoing across the northern half of Alabama this evening. We’ve had flurries reported as far south as Marengo County. This won’t cause any travel problems, in-fact, flurries are rapidly ending across the area now as dry air takes over.

Temperatures will drop into the lower to middle 20s overnight under a cloudy sky. Look for a slow return of sunshine on Saturday, with a high near 40s along I-20, with upper 30s north of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. We’ll dip into the 18 to 21 degree range Sunday morning, followed by a high in the lower 40s Sunday afternoon.

Clouds will gradually increase by Monday afternoon, with a sunny start to the day. Highs will approach the upper 40s to near 50 on Monday.

An Alberta clipper will dive south on Tuesday, sending an Arctic cold front into Alabama. The latest model data now suggests some moisture could pool up along the front on Tuesday, allowing for an area of light snow to swing across the state. It’s interesting to note that model data suggest the entire state from the Tennessee boarder to the Gulf Coast could get some light snow out of this. Will it be enough to stick is the big question. It’s a little early to be specific on snow accumulations if any will actually occur, but lets keep an eye on it. Keep in mind, roads and ground temperatures will be cold this time, so if snow indeed falls, we will have travel problems.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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