Get ready for a big change in temperatures! The coldest air mass of 2012 is now settling into Alabama. This is bringing high winds to our area and we’re experiencing 20 to 35 mph gusts. Weaker tree limbs could break or fall because of these higher wind gusts. Temperatures will continue to fall through mid-morning and then level off in the lower 30s for the rest of the day. In addition, the high winds will make it feel more like middle 20s outside.
Tonight we will experience a hard freeze, with lows in the upper teens to lower 20s. Make sure the plants are well protected from the harsh cold. I know many plants have already started to bloom. We will rise above freezing by late morning tomorrow but the temperatures will take another big tumble into the 20s tomorrow night.
We will remain in a very active pattern and the good news is that the extreme cold won’t last long. Temperatures will recover on Monday as clouds and light rain return. There is a chance some sleet could mix in as the rain begins on Monday; however, this won’t be a big deal because of warmer surface temperatures.
The general flow pattern will guide a few waves of unsettled weather our way for next week. At this time the best timing for the better chances of rain look to be on Tuesday and Thursday. A surface low looks to track along the coast Tuesday and this will spread rain our way. This system will pass with a break in the activity through Wednesday morning. Models suggest another system will bring some rain to the state on Thursday and this system should move through quickly, with some cooler air arriving on Friday. Stay warm!
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