Coldest air so far this season arrives tonight: The Alabama Weather Blog

RADAR CONTROL: Showers continue to a sharp cold front over eastern and southern Alabama this afternoon. North of the front, temperatures are now below zero in northwestern Alabama and the Tennessee Valley, but south of the border some places have hit 70. The front will continue south this evening , and the cold air so far this season will settle in the state. At dawn tomorrow, we are projecting lows in the range of 18 to 24 degrees, with a wind chill index as low as 10 degrees. The sky will gradually clear up during the night.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for Lauderdale, Colbert, Limestone, Madison and Jackson counties this evening due to potential ice storms on bridges… all other counties have been withdrawn from the advisory.

TOMORROW AND WEEKEND: Tomorrow will be sunny but cold with a maximum between 37 and 41 degrees. Then, on Saturday, after starting the day in the afternoon of the 1920s, temperatures soar in the 1950s with mostly sunny skies. Clouds are moving Saturday night and rain is likely across the state on Sunday as another cold front approaches. A little thunder is possible, but for now severe thunderstorms are not expected. Sunday’s high will be between 57 and 62 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: The skies will clear on Monday and another gust of colder air will arrive with a high back in the mid-1940s. The rest of the week is shaping up to be calm, with dry conditions through Thursday in less. Temperatures most of the week will be fairly seasonal, with highs in the 1950s and lows in the 1930s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphs and more details.

AT THIS DATE IN 1886: The “Great Blizzard of 1886” hit the Midwest with high winds, subzero temperatures and heavy snowfall. These conditions caused up to 100 deaths and 80% of Kansas cattle perished.

AT THIS DATE IN 1996: A severe snowstorm paralyzed the east coast from January 6 to 8. Snowfall for this event includes 47 inches in Big Meadows, Virginia; 30.7 in Philadelphia; 27.8 in Newark; 24.6 at Dulles International Airport; 24.2 in Trenton; 24 in Providence; 22.5 in Baltimore; 18.2 in Boston; 17.1 ″ in CC; and 9.6 ″ in Pittsburgh

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