Colder Weather Ahead?

The Climate Prediction Center has released its temperature outlook for the end of January through February 6th.

The eastern two-thirds of the U.S. is looking at cooler than normal temperatures based on this analysis.

As for just how cold, and the snow chances….remain to be seen.

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Wintry Mix of Sleet and Snow

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A 9:34 pm Radar update shows a wintry mix of sleet and snow is moving into northwest Alabama.

This precipitation will change to all snow rather quickly, and last about 2-3 hours.

The precipitation will cross the I-65 corridor between Midnight and 3 am.

A quick snow accumulation of up to 1/4 inch is possible on grassy areas. Temperatures will remain above freezing through the next several hours.

Some slick spots may develop toward morning as temperatures fall to or just below freezing.

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Light Snow Possible Tonight

Alabama has seen an abundance of rain overnight with more expected today.

The heaviest rain will occur over southern sections of the state.

Temperatures will vary with daytime highs in the 40’s north, and 50’s and 60’s south.

The storm system bringing rain to Alabama today will move east this afternoon.

Colder air will filter in behind the system and bring in a chance for a rain/snow mix tonight across the northern sections of the state.

We expect the mix will occur along and north of a Fayette to Gardendale to Jacksonville line.

The best time to see the mix will start after Midnight tonight, then tapering off by Saturday morning.

A decent chance exist for a dusting for the northern third of the state. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some one-half inch totals over the higher elevations of northeast Alabama.

Roadways will remain too warm for accumulation, however there could be some icy conditions on bridges and overpasses.

Conditions will improve quickly Saturday morning after sunrise as the moisture moves east of the state.

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Soaking Rain Likely

Rain begins to move in from the west this afternoon. Isolated to scattered showers are possible generally west of I-65.

Rain chances increase significantly Thursday night from southwest to northeast. Widespread light to moderate rain is expected after midnight.

Rain will continue on Friday with chances decreasing Friday night. A good soaking for most of Alabama is likely with this system.

Cooler air may filter in just before the rain ends. This may lead to some snow flurries mixing in with the rain across the north, starting Friday evening.

The Tennessee Valley region of north Alabama is going to be the most likely area to see some snowflakes. No accumulations are expected at this time.

This particular model that we are using shows the snow just to our north over Tennessee and Kentucky.

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