Today is a gorgeous day across Alabama with sunshine in full supply and a cobalt blue sky, but then you step outside, and your whole outlook changes…it remains very cold with highs only in the mid to upper 30s. These temperatures are on average 15-20 degrees below average for this time of year as the average high for Birmingham today is 54°.
All the white you see from Arkansas, across North Mississippi and Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky, that is snow on the ground reflecting the sunlight. Tonight will feature another hard freeze with lows in the teens and 20s.
TOMORROW: Temperatures rise into the 40s Thursday, but clouds will be increasing and some light rain is likely through the afternoon and into tomorrow night. Any frozen precipitation will be north of Alabama in Tennessee. We could see a few flurries on the back side of the system late Thursday night after midnight, but for now no major impact is expected.
NEXT ARCTIC BLAST: The next surge of Arctic air invades the Deep South Friday. The sky will clear with highs in the 30s along with a brisk north wind, making those wind chills likely in the teens. Lows will be in the teens for most of the state Saturday and Sunday mornings and those colder spots will again see single digits lows. North Alabama will stay below freezing all day Saturday. Sunday will begin a slow warming trend as highs climb into 40s. Both days this weekend will feature sunshine in full supply.
PATTERN FLIP: A drastic change in the weather for Alabama next week as warmer weather returns. We go from the frigid Arctic air, to actually above average temperatures for much of next week. Afternoon highs will return the 50s to start the week, followed by 60s for the second half of the week. The pattern will be active and rain chances will be in the forecast much of next week.
BEACH FORECAST CENTER: Get the latest weather and rip current forecasts for the beaches from Fort Morgan to Panama City on our Beach Forecast Center page. There, you can select the forecast of the region that you are interested in visiting.
WORLD TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation outside the U.S. was 111.7F at Paraburdoo Aero, Australia. The lowest observation was -68.6F at Delyankir, Russia.
CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation was 89F at Atlantis, FL. The lowest observation was -18F at Kremmling, CO.
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