COLD AND BREEZY THIS MORNING: Our roller coaster temperature pattern continues with readings this morning running nearly 40° lower than this time yesterday in some areas. We will have a light freeze in by sunrise time (6:51 AM) but the wind will continue to be the bigger story, with chill values in the 20s! The good news is that we will have more sunshine and this should help with comfort levels as highs reach the low to mid 50s. I’m also expecting lighter wind speeds later today. Temperatures will tumble quickly after sunset tonight and there is a good chance the freezing line will approach the I-20 corridor tomorrow morning.
A RAIN/SLEET MIX POSSIBLE TOMORROW: Clouds will be on the increase tomorrow morning and we could see a brief period of sleet or a rain/sleet mix by lunchtime. The atmosphere will be in the process of moistening up and we will see a quick transition over to rain. I don’t expect any major accumulations as the air temperature will rise above freezing and the precipitation will quickly transition to all rain. This cold rain will linger through tomorrow night making for a soggy start to the year 2017. A warmer/moist air mass will build in by early Sunday and this transition will bring another round of very windy weather tomorrow night. We could once again have gusts topping 25 mph, with temperatures rising into the 60s through Sunday morning. We may also hear a few rumbles of thunder before the rain tapers off Sunday and I do expect a break in the rain Sunday afternoon.
FIRST ALERT FOR RAIN/STORMS ON MONDAY: We continue to highlight Monday for the possibility of heavier rain and stormy weather. An unseasonably warm air mass will build in with highs nearing 70º. Forecast data suggests we may have increasing instability over south Alabama as this surge of rain and storms impacts the area. Right now our greatest concern for a strong storm is over south Alabama but given the time of year, we need to closely monitor the Monday time frame just in case a more unstable environment materializes further northward. The pattern looks to remain very unsettled through most of next week. The system on Monday will move out with lingering clouds, warmer than average temperatures, and a few showers on Tuesday. Then we could see another period of wet weather for the late Wednesday/early Thursday time frame. We will need to keep an eye on our far northern areas during this time period as the freezing line may drop into north Alabama. I can’t wait to see what the drought monitor is going to look like in about ten days! Continue to check in with us as we fine tune the timing and impacts through the middle of next week. I’ll have more updates on Good Day Alabama and you can also listen in this morning on the WBRC First Alert Weather App LIVE Stream.