SNOW/WINTRY MIX IN NORTH ALABAMA TONIGHT; RAIN FOR LOCAL AREA… There is a chance that a changeover from rain to snow will happen late this evening across the far northern stretches of Alabama, particularly near Florence and Muscle Shoals. Unfortunately for snow lovers locally in south Alabama and northwest Florida, there is no chance of snow anywhere close by with this event. Quite a bit of rain is expected across our region today into this evening. We’re not expecting wintry precipitation or severe weather issues locally today. There could be a few embedded thunderstorms this afternoon into this evening but this will be more of an anomaly than the trend. For most, just rain today and warm temperatures ahead of the cold front passage tonight. We’re also looking ahead to more unsettled, cold days starting tomorrow (Wednesday). See all your forecast details below.
WINTRY PRECIP POSSIBLE TONIGHT IN FAR NORTHERN ALABAMA… No snow or wintry precipitation is expected anywhere south of Hamilton to Cullman to Centre. There could be snow or a wintry mix of precipitation late this afternoon into this evening across north Alabama and much of Tennessee. The National Weather Service in Huntsville is advising that minor (less than one inch) snow accumulations will be possible across parts of north Alabama in/near Huntsville, Decatur, Muscle Shoals, Florence, Moulton, Russellville, Athens, Boaz, Fort Payne, and surrounding areas. If you’re traveling to those areas later today or tonight, be aware that travel impacts will be possible. Again, for the local area in south Alabama and northwest Florida, this will be strictly a rain event.
RAIN LIKELY LOCALLY, ESPECIALLY THIS EVENING… Rain chances will increase today from northwest to southeast. This means that if you’re in Clarke, Washington, or Monroe counties, your rain chance will be higher earlier in the day and remain high through tonight. Areas farther to the southeast like Destin, Crestview, Niceville, Florala, Andalusia, and Opp will have higher rain chances starting later today. Temperatures across the region will be warm, just like yesterday. High temperatures will peak in the mid- to upper-70s today ahead of the cold front passage that is slated to happen later tonight.
COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH TONIGHT… Much cooler, drier air is set to surge into our region later today into tonight as a cold front moves through. Temperatures will quickly dive into the 50s after the cold front passes through your location. Overnight lows early Wednesday morning will be in the mid-40s. This cold front will set the stage for high temperatures in the 50s through Friday.
MORE SHOWERS LIKELY ON WEDNESDAY… Rain will linger into Wednesday morning but I expect the overall chance of rain to decrease across the region from west to east on Wednesday afternoon into the evening hours. No severe weather is expected on Wednesday and I’m not expecting thunderstorms on Wednesday due to cooler, stable air in place across the region.
FEW SHOWERS ON THURSDAY… There could be a few passing showers on Thursday, but I expect most of our area to catch a break from the rain at times during the daylight hours. High temperatures on Thursday will again be in the mid- to upper-50s.
RAIN & T-STORMS LIKELY ON FRIDAY… One of two scenarios will happen on Friday. The first scenario suggests a cold, miserable rain at times throughout the day with no significant weather issues. The second scenario suggests an area of developing low pressure to our southwest will lift northward and potentially put at least some of our area, perhaps counties closer to the coast, in the unstable warm sector south of a warm front. This would potentially allow the potential for a few strong to severe storms to be possible. Regardless of which scenario pans out, the chance of rain on Friday across south Alabama and northwest Florida will be high.
DRIER WEEKEND WITH SLIGHTLY WARMER TEMPS… Much of the daytime hours of Saturday and Sunday will be dry and mostly sunny. High temps on Saturday will be in the mid-60s with upper-60s likely for Sunday.
ANOTHER COLD FRONT APPROACHES EARLY NEXT WEEK… High temps surge to near 73° by Monday ahead of yet another approaching cold front that will likely move through late Monday into Tuesday of next week. This will be a system to watch for the potential for strong storms, although it is too early to speculate whether that is a real possibility at this point. Something to monitor in the days ahead.
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