Temperatures have been right on track the last couple of days - morning lows around freezing with decent rebounds during the afternoon. Today is no exception. As I look out the window - I'm seeing nothing, but blue sky. High pressure will remain in control through the next several days with a nice warming trend. We are going to close out 2011 on a warm note and blast into January with some frigid temperatures.
Short-Term Forecast: Expect sunshine to continue through the afternoon with highs around 58. Temperatures may climb into the lower 60s in our western counties. For tonight - a few high clouds may stream in with temperatures falling into the lower 40s. Etowah, Cherokee, Cullman, and Blount Counties will likely see temperatures fall into the upper 30s. We'll hit the mid 60s with more sunshine tomorrow.
New Year's Weekend: Forecast will be very comfortable on Saturday. You might even want to fire up the grill. Plenty of sunshine with highs in the upper 60s. Winds will gradually pick up during the afternoon out of the southeast ahead of a cold front. We may see a few clouds Saturday night. Around midnight - expect temperatures around 58. New Year's Day will be cloudy with an occasional shower expected mainly before 1pm. The GFS is forecasting very light rainfall amounts.
Frigid 2012: Expect big changes Monday and Tuesday as dense cold air settles into the state. We'll see sunshine on Monday with highs in the mid 40s. Lows Monday night into Tuesday will fall in the upper teens and lower 20s. You can see that pool of cold air depicted on the GFS output for 6am Tuesday.
Brace yourself for brief cold snap. Looks like sunshine for much of the work week with a slow warm up.
Fox 6 Chief Meteorologist