Central AL Forecast: Peaks of sunshine with more very cold temperatures today and tonight

Forecast

The snow showers are slowly coming to an end. We picked up around a dusting to as much as 2.0″ across central Alabama. This was a unique set up with just enough moisture about 1000 feet up from the surface and that lead to the snow.

This afternoon will be cold, but the sun will peak through the clouds. High temperatures will only get into the upper 20s to lower 30s. Many areas will not get above freezing!

Tonight will be partly cloudy and very cold again. Lows will be in the upper teens to lower 20s. Make sure you continue to take freeze precautions with protecting pipes. Make sure you open the cabinet doors and drip your faucets.

Our weather starts to change on Wednesday as our next cold front moves toward the area. We will become cloudy and a little “warmer” with scattered showers developing during the afternoon and evening. High temperatures will be around 50°. However, areas near Hamilton will be in the lower 40s, and the rain could mix with sleet and freezing rain Wednesday afternoon before changing to all rain Wednesday night. The rest of central Alabama will have heavy rain and storms Wednesday night. Lows will be around 40°, so it will be all liquid precipitation.

The cold front will move through on Thursday with scattered showers and thunderstorms. A few storms could be strong with small hail, gusty winds and heavy rain. Any severe weather looks to stay over southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. There is a tornado threat down there. Rain totals could be around 1 to 2 inches here. High temperatures will climb into the upper 40s. There is a chance that as the rain comes to an end it could mix with sleet/freezing rain/snow across Hamilton to Cullman to Huntsville on Thursday afternoon and evening. I’ll be watching those areas for some ice. Thursday night will be mostly cloudy, breezy and colder with lows in the mid 20s. There is a chance that northern Alabama could see a brief wintry mix before the precipitation moves out.

We dry out on Friday in the wake of the cold front and it will turn colder with a partly cloudy sky. High temperatures will only be around 40°.

Weekend Outlook: Saturday and Sunday will be dry and slowly warming up as an area of high pressure builds over the Deep South. Saturday will be sunny with high temperatures in the lower 50s. Sunday will be sunny with high temperatures around 60°.

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