FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY Friday & Saturday for extreme cold, deep freeze

Published: Dec. 22, 2022 at 5:20 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 22, 2022 at 10:31 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - We’ve declared Friday a First Alert Weather Day for extreme cold.

Temperatures are on the fall tonight, with reports of snow in places like Haleyville, Lynn, and Guin. The snow will remain light, but we still could see a few snow showers or flurries through midnight, especially in areas to the far north. Most roads will be dry as the moisture quickly exits, and winds gust over 25 mph. In fact, we could see wind gusts as high as 40 mph. This may result in a few random power outages, so have a plan in the event of power loss. Temperatures will drop into the teens and even single digits to the north in the morning. I still can’t rule out a few isolated slippery spots due to residual moisture or areas with puddles/runoff.

THE DEEP FREEZE: Temperatures will remain below freezing through Monday of next week for most areas. The gusty wind will bring dangerously low wind chill values through Saturday morning, with wind chill values as low as -15ºF on Friday. We will have a sunny sky returning, but plan on highs in the 20s, with lows in the teens through Christmas Eve. We may briefly rise above freezing on Christmas Day in some areas.

NEXT WEEK: I’d still plan on freezing temperatures for the early morning on Monday and Tuesday, with highs back in the 50s by mid-week. Most of the week looks dry, but we could see another rainmaker before the year ends late next week. Long range guidance is hinting at a warm-up, with the possibility of rain/storms for New Year’s Eve. Just giving you the First Alert.

A hard freeze warning has been issued for all of Central Alabama starting Friday morning and...
A hard freeze warning has been issued for all of Central Alabama starting Friday morning and continuing until Christmas Day at 9 AM.(wbrc)

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