5:26PM January 10, 2021

SLEET & WINTRY MIX POSSIBLE MONDAY; ACCUMULATION & IMPACTS UNLIKELY… Rain remains the story for much of south Alabama and northwest Florida on Monday. There could be a few areas of sleet, ice pellets, and flurries embedded in the rain (mixed precipitation) mainly in areas along and west of the Alabama River in west Alabama on Monday. If our area has sleet or mixed precipitation, it will likely happen from midnight to 10AM on Monday. Please keep in mind that no accumulation of mixed precipitation or snow is expected anywhere close by. The closest realistic potential for accumulating snow will happen across parts of Louisiana, central Mississippi, and northwest Alabama north of Tuscaloosa. For those of us in south Alabama and northwest Florida, this will be an exclusively cold rain event for most. The next 24-36 hours are going to be cold with temperatures stuck in the 40s. More Sunday evening forecast notes are below.

WHAT TO EXPECT – TONIGHT… Most spots will be dry through midnight, although I can’t completely rule out a few areas of TINY, light snow flurries falling across west Alabama at times. These flurries will not be impactful at all, but you may notice them on the windshield if you’re driving in areas along and west of the Tombigbee River. After midnight, areas of rain and mixed precipitation will become possible across northern parts of Clarke, Washington, and Monroe counties. Keep in mind, it is NOT a definite thing we will have ANY mixed precipitation in the rain, but it is a possibility.

TIMING FOR POTENTIAL FLURRIES, MIX, SLEET IN WEST ALABAMA… Mixed precipitation locally in parts of Monroe, Clarke, and Washington counties (and Choctaw, Marengo, and Wilcox counties just to our north) is most likely to happen from midnight to 10AM on Monday. Temperatures will likely be too warm (40s) for mixed precipitation by the time we get to the late morning hours on Monday. A cold rain is set to continue at times into Monday afternoon and the evening hours but wintry mix/sleet should be gone by the late morning hours.

A CALL FOR PHOTOS… While most areas will just have rain around locally, if you happen to see some wintry mixed precipitation, snow/flurries, or ice tomorrow, we would greatly appreciate you sending in a photo! It is always SO helpful to have “ground truth” reports from across the region. Rural western parts of Alabama are mostly devoid of advanced weather stations, thus it is imperative that we have reports and photos from the region to know what is going on. Thanks in advance! We really appreciate everyone being so helpful in the ground truth reporting process over the last few months!

COLD RAIN LIKELY AT TIMES THROUGH MONDAY EVENING… We have talked quite a bit about the possibility for mixed precipitation in west Alabama, but please understand that the vast majority of us across the region will simply have a cold, miserable rain on Monday. Rain showers will be possible through the afternoon and evening hours. All of the rain and precipitation should be gone to our east Monday night. Due to the ongoing cloud cover, temperatures will remain in the upper-30s and near 40 through Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

COOL, DRIER WEATHER TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY… Cold temperatures will persist into the upcoming week long after rain exits. Highs on Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the 50s with morning lows in the 30s. There seems to be a model trend toward drier weather after Tuesday for several days perhaps.

APP… If you haven’t already, be sure to download the free RedZone Weather app to keep up with all the latest information on the world of weather in south Alabama and northwest Florida. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Once you have the app downloaded to your iOS or Android device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner) and tap the large, yellow Alert Settings button to customize the alerts you would like to receive straight from me.

I will have your next full forecast video posted by 7:15AM tomorrow morning. Until then, more updates will be posted in the RedZone Weather app. Have a good evening and stay warm!

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