6:53AM January 8, 2021

COLD & DRY WEEKEND UNTIL SUNDAY NIGHT; RAIN RETURNS MONDAY… Clouds will linger on this Friday and temperatures will remain quite chilly. Cold temperatures are set to continue through this weekend into early next week. Overnight lows tonight and on Saturday night into Sunday morning will be at or below the freezing mark in many locales across the region. Our next chance of rain happens on Sunday night into Monday. We continue to observe ongoing model data that points to rain with no significant winter weather impacts being likely locally. Best case scenario (for the folks who want snow) looks to be a few flurries that mix in with the exiting rain on Monday evening. Let’s look at all of your Friday forecast details.

TEMPS NEAR OR BELOW FREEZING NEXT TWO NIGHTS… Temperatures will dip to around the freezing mark by 6AM on Saturday with most spots reaching 32°. Clearly, the colder night will be Saturday night into Sunday morning. Overnight lows will likely be in the mid- to upper-20s. There could be several (5-7) hours of below freezing temperatures on Sunday morning. Please don’t forget to bring in outdoor pets, sensitive plants, and cover exposed pipes that may be prone to bursting in subfreezing temperatures.

CLOUDS HANG TOUGH TODAY; QUITE CHILLY… Cloudy skies will likely persist, in classic winter fashion, after yesterday’s passage of an area of low pressure and cold front. There may be a few peeks of sunshine this afternoon into this evening, but I expect mostly cloudy to overcast skies for much of the day. Highs will only be in the upper-40s inland and near 50 degrees closer to the immediate coast.

SUNSHINE RETURNS ON SATURDAY; COLD TEMPS… Clouds will likely clear out tonight and into Saturday morning, meaning the daytime hours of Saturday should be mostly sunny across the region. It will be chilly, even by January standards, on Saturday with highs in the 40s across much of the region. Keep those jackets handy this weekend!

RAIN RETURNS SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY… All scenarios point to RAIN as our next weather system moves across our region late Sunday into Monday. There are some scenarios that could be much drier than others but in virtually all of the model data I am seeing, if we have precipitation on Monday, it will happen in the form of a cold rain. Snow does not look particularly likely, at all, for south Alabama or northwest Florida. The best case scenario for folks who may want some snow is if an area of low pressure tracks right across our area and we see some flurries on the backside of the precipitation Monday evening. This scenario would allow flurries to mix in with the rain as precip is exiting our area to the east. Even in this scenario, it looks like winter weather impacts would not happen.

MOSTLY SUNNY MIDWEEK… Skies will clear on Monday night into early Tuesday morning, meaning Tuesday should feature mostly sunny skies with high temperatures again in the 50s. Cool days and cold nights are ahead for next week. No real sign of any big warm ups and no signs of severe weather issues.

APP… Many updates will be posted throughout the day in the RedZone Weather app. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Be sure to visit the Alerts tab (bottom right corner) and tap the large, yellow “Alert Settings” button to customize the alerts you’d like to receive from me. If you like a lot of info, be sure to toggle ON Low-Level Alerts.

See all the details in your Friday #rzw forecast video. Have a great day!

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