I have to be honest. As a meteorologist, I'm scared to death to write anything that even vaguely mentions the possibility of Winter weather. It really tends to trigger PTSD from Winter weather events of years past. But, we also want to give you ad much advanced notice as possible to any changes in our forecast. This is a very active weather pattern that will keep any meteorologist busy through the weekend.
Wintry mix does not mean it is going to snow, have travel issues, or even accumulation. This is what I expect to happen based on the data we have tonight. In particular, this is a deep dive into the GFS model output for the weekend. We will see temperatures soar into the upper 60s and lower 70s Saturday ahead of a strong cold front. Expect a good chance for rain Saturday afternoon and especially Saturday night. We will likely see some gusty winds and perhaps a few strong storms.
It is likely we could see wind gusts over 40mph late Saturday. This will mean the possibility of some trees and power lines knocked down. We will also get another dose of well-needed rainfall expected between 1 and 3". Cold air will rush into the area Sunday afternoon/evening. It is possibility we could still be dealing with some rain as the cold air arrives. This will mean a period of mixed precipitation. Common sense will tell you travel will not be an issue considering we're coming off several days with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Keep in mind, the GFS model is much more aggressive with this solution than the European model.
The best chance for seeing the sleet, rain, and snow mix will be in Marion, Winston, Cullman, Lamar, Fayette, and Walker Counties. Temperatures will warm above freezing on Monday.
The bottom line: Unless you're actually out of milk and bread - you can hold off on the grocery store run. But, I would make sure the inflatable Santa is anchored down well in the front yard. Stay updated with our WBRC First Alert Weather app.
Have a great evening
WBRC First Alert Chief Meteorologist