FIRST ALERT for areas of black ice overnight into early Monday
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A Winter Weather Advisory remains in place across central Alabama until 9:00 P.M. this evening. Though some spots in our area (especially in and around Birmingham) haven’t had much luck at seeing snow today, there is still a brief window over the next few hours where any lingering rain could transition to a snow/sleet mix before dissipating. The best chance for any addition accumulation would be north of I-20. The main concern going into the overnight hours will be any lingering water on the roads freezing and causing black ice concerns for Monday morning. We don’t expect widespread issues, but a First Alert for at least some icy patches on elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses tonight.
Temperatures will fall into the low 30s and upper 20s to start off MLK Day with clouds likely not budging until later in the afternoon. We could even see a few, isolated flurries tomorrow, though most of us will stay cold, cloudy, and dry. Clearing skies by Monday night will help drop temperatures down into the 20s on Tuesday morning, so make your cold weather preps before heading to bed tomorrow night. On Tuesday, we finally get a welcome dose of sunshine with just a few passing high clouds. Afternoon highs will rebound into the 50s, back in seasonable territory for January.
NEXT BIG THING: A series of storm systems will move across the Southeast beginning mid-week and into the weekend, bringing a chance of at least rain back into the forecast. Wednesday will briefly warm up to near 40 in the morning and close to 60 in the afternoon before another cold front brings a reinforcing dose of Arctic air back to Alabama. Prior to the cold blast, rain will be possible Wednesday into early Thursday morning. Right now, we don’t have major concerns for a changeover to a wintry mix with this system. Temperatures will fall to near freezing again on Thursday morning and only warm up into the 40s on Thursday. Beginning Friday, we have a First Alert for a stretch of mornings with temperatures widespread in the 20s, potentially all the way into NEXT week. Highs temperatures will also only top out in the 40s. Though we look dry on Friday, by Saturday, we have been seeing hints at another complex winter storm system developing that could bring the possibility of a wintry mix back to the Deep South. Unfortunately at this time, there is major disagreement in the global models we use to help build our forecasts on whether this system would even transpire or not. For now, we have included the possibility of a wintry mix on Saturday into early Sunday, but this forecast CAN and will change. So, make sure you check for the latest updates on the WBRC First Alert Weather app.
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