Winter Mix for Some – Hard Freeze Warning Tonight & the Week Ahead

Are you ready? We are about to experience a prolonged period of Arctic cold air lasting several days.  There will be a series of hard freezes through the whole week.  A big chuck of west central Alabama could see a light wintry mix, enough to make travel slippery today. Most of us will see only rain.  Hard Freeze Warning tonight.  We’ll be below freezing before the New Year arrives and old man winter will stay us for several days in a row.  Relentless cold.  Details below.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY:  West central Alabama could see a very light wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet today from about dawn to 6PM. This includes areas generally along and north of a line from Selma to Marbury.  It includes counties as far east as Coosa, Autauga and Dallas.  The ice accumulation could cause slippery conditions on some roads and especially bridges and overpasses.

TODAY:  Outside of the Winter Weather Advisory area, for most of us it will be just a cold light rain today, ending by early evening.  Temperatures will fall from the low 40’s this morning to the mid 30’s by late afternoon.  Could there be a brief mix before the precipitation exits?  I suppose it’s possible but not likely.  Tonight, will be cloudy early followed by clearing and much colder.  A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect.

Future radar shows the progression of the precipitation, as it slides southeastward today through early evening.  Purple is freezing rain, pink is sleet.  Most of us will see just rain.

MIDNIGHT NEW YEARS FORECAST:  If you are heading downtown for Montgomery’s big celebration, the good news is we should be dry.  But, bundle up!  I expect 29° at Midnight with a Wind Chill in the upper teens. Dress in layers.

New Years day will be brutally cold.  The morning wind chill will be 10-14°.  The actual high for the day will only be 35°, with a low Monday night 19°.   Wind chill across the northern counties will be in the singles digits to near or below zero.

THE WEEK AHEAD:  The most important point I want to drive home is – this will be a PROLONGED period of extremely cold weather, with a deep freeze every night for the first week of the New Year.

    HARD FREEZE WARNING – TAKE PERCAUTIONS:  Remember the 4 P’s: Pets, pipes, people and plants  Wrap any exposed pipes that need attention.  Protect any sensitive plants that need to be brought in.  PLEASE take care of your pets!  Bring them inside. Make sure they have a warm shelter to stay in.  Please check on your elderly neighbors.  Dress in layers.  Use hats, gloves and scarves.  Be careful using space heaters and use extreme caution with fireplaces.

Be ready for several nights of Hard Freezes throughout New Years week.  This will not be a quick cold snap.

SUGAR BOWL IN NEW ORLEANS:  For anyone headed to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl, prepare for Winter COLD. TODAY: 40% chance of rain, with Falling temperatures, reaching 44° by later afternoon.  TONIGHT:  Windy and much colder…Low 29°, wind chill falls to the teens.   New Years Day…Windy and very cold.  High 38°  Wind chill teens and 20’s.  Bundle up!   Fortunately the game itself will be in the warm confines of the Super Dome.

PEACH BOWL IN ATLANTA:  Cold but dry today.  Hi 38.  Partly cloudy brutally cold tonight…Low 22°, wind chill falls to 7°.  New Years Day:  Windy & cold, but sunny.  Hi 34°.  Wind chill single digits.

ELSEWHERE:  The extreme cold covers more than 70% of the nation.  This is a serious prolonged Arctic outbreak.

Be ready for the Arctic Cold.  Take precautions.  I’ll keep you up to date on any changes.  Keep our weather app handy.  It will give you push notifications for advisories and warnings.  Plus hourly forecast and current conditions to keep up with wind chill.  Radar and future radar will show you what is falling and where.

Happy New Year!

 

–Rich

P.S. Bailey is ready for the extreme cold.

Bitter Cold Start to The New Year – Prolonged Cold for Days

Don’t be fooled by a mild day today.  Some serious cold arctic air on the way, and it won’t be a brief “cold snap”.  It will be a prolonged period of cold air lasting several days, throughout the first week of 2018.  Expect a hard freeze for several nights, with lows in the 20’s and some cases teens.  Wind chill will also a be a factor.  Plus, attention travelers: Parts of Alabama are under a Winter Weather Advisory for Sunday, for possible icy travel.  Details below.

TODAY:  Sunshine will feel nice today.  Highs in the mid 50’s will feel like a heat wave.  Use today to get ready. (more on that below).  Tonight:  Clouds increase, Low 34°.  Should be dry tonight.

SUNDAY:  Winter weather Advisory covers much of west central Alabama, as far east as Chilton, Autauga and Dallas county.  In the advisory area, there could be a little freezing rain that could cause a minor accumulation, especially elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses.   The main time frame would be from about 3AM to 3PM.

Travelers:  Be aware that the Winter Advisory also continues westward through much of central Alabama.

SUNDAY MAPS:  For most of us, just a cold light rain s in the cards for Sunday and very early New Years Eve night, before departing the area.  Amounts will be light and the probability of precipitation is only about 30%.  Can’t rule out a “brief” mix of wintry precipitation before it ends, mostly by 6PM Sunday.

 

NEW YEARS FORECAST:  If you are heading downtown  for Montgomery’s big celebration, the good news is we should be dry.  But, bundle up!  I expect 30° at Midnight with a Wind Chill of 20.

New Years day will be brutally cold.  The morning wind chill will be 10-14°.  The actual high for the day will only be 35°, with a low Monday night 19°.

Monday morning wind chill.

THE WEEK AHEAD:  The most important point I want to drive home is – this will be a PROLONGED period of extremely cold weather, with a deep freeze every night for the first week of the New Year.

    HARD FREEZE – TAKE PERCAUTIONS:  Use today to get ready.  Wrap any exposed pipes that need attention.  At my house today, I’m going to make sure those insulators are covering my outside faucets.  You can find these at any hardware or home improvement store.

 

Protect any sensitive plants that need to be brought in.  PLEASE take care of your pets!  Make sure they have a warm shelter to stay in.  Please check on your elderly neighbors.  Dress in layers.  Use hats, gloves and scarves.  Be careful using space heaters and use extreme caution with fireplaces.

At my house, I have a pool in the backyard.  I’m going to set the timer to be on non-stop 24 hours a day to keep the pump from freezing.

PLAY OFF GAME IN NEW ORLEANS:  If you are headed to the game in New Orleans this week, prepare for WINTER COLD. Sunday: 40% chance of rain, High 57°  Sunday Night:  Windy and much colder…Low 30°, wind chill falls to the teens.   New Years Day…Windy and very cold.  High 39°  Wind chill teens and 20’s.  Bundle up!

Enjoy this beautiful mild, day today.  Be ready for the dramatic changes on the way.  I’ll keep you up to date on any changes.  Keep our weather app handy for push notifications.  Please follow me on Twitter:  @RichThomasWX.

Happy New Year!

 

–Rich

DEEP FREEZE NEXT WEEK: Drastically Colder Soon – Friday Video

Good Morning!  It’s chilly now, but get ready.. The Arctic Express is headed to Alabama.  The first chunk of dramatically colder air arrives with the New Year.  But another, perhaps colder surge is due later in the week.  Everybody wants to know what may or may not fall from the sky.  I have the latest model guidance on a New Years Wintry mix threat.  Are you ready for the cold?  This morning’s video will bring you up to date on everything you need to know.

 

Should be a cool, dry day today with sunshine returning.

Could we see a light wintry mix in spots on Sunday or Sunday night.  Still possible, but, we are not expecting a high impact situation.  I’ll keep you informed throughout the weekend.

Hang on!   The Arctic Express is coming to town soon…

Bundle up if you’re going downtown for New Years Eve to welcome in 2018.

New years day will be VERY COLD.  In fact wind chills in the morning will be in the teens.

Coldest night will be Monday night/and Tuesday AM.

Another shot of cold air arrives late next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year’s Arctic Blast Ahead -Thursday Video

Good Morning!  Very important video this morning, and certainly worth your time.  The main concern will be the arrival of Artic air as the New Year arrives.  Will there be any wintry precipitation?  The major models now appear to be shifting gears.  I’ll explain.  And, how about a second shot of even colder arctic air about  a week from now.  Some of the temperatures the models are showing  us will raise your eyebrows.  Stand by for some real-deal winter cold.  I’ll do my best to break down the details, with your toast and coffee this morning, on your Thursday morning weather briefing.

 

 

Today, will be a cloudy & cold day with highs only in the mid to upper 40’s.  Light rain will mainly affect the southern strip of counties today.

 

Next few days will be cold.  But, even colder arctic air arrives just in time for the New Year.  Still question marks about Sunday night.  Could be some sort of wintry mix…perhaps, Sunday evening and Sunday night before ending by New Years morning.  Models still disagree on the details.

Still a mystery about the Sunday night disturbance which will brush by the state as Arctic air arrives.  Will some of us see a wintry mix?  This is the Euro model solution.

New Years Day will be a very cold day.  Wind chills could be in the teens all the way into south Alabama, and single digits in the northern counties.

And hold the phone…  Later on New Years week, an even colder chunk of arctic air arrives.

 

 

Cold and Active Weather Week Ahead -Wednesday Video

Good Morning, on a cold, wet, nasty Winter’s morning.  I’ll show how long the rain could stick around.  But, then, our attention shifts to the next big Arctic Blast, which will arrive before the New Year.  It’s the coldest batch yet.   There’s much drama in the model forecast. Quite a discrepancy.  Could we see a winter storm in Alabama by Sunday night, or nothing at all?  The US model is the “odd man out”.   I’ll try to sort it out for you, on a Holiday week edition of your personal weather briefing.

 

 

Cold, wet, nasty day today.  Best chance of rain morning and mid-day.  Highs only in the 40’s.

 

Very cold forecast for the next several days, including yet another Cold Arctic Blast arriving before the New Year arrives.

 

MODEL DRAMA:  The US GFS model still likes the idea of a possible winter storm in Alabama New Years Eve and into New Years Day.  Two other global models say….NOPE…NOTHING.  They keep moisture farther south in the Gulf.  The discrepancy continues.

The models do agree that some very, very cold air is headed for Alabama just in time for the New Year.