MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - We’re just days away from Thanksgiving and the beginning of December. It’s the time of year where cold fronts and shots of chilly to cold air are pretty common and expected.
The cold front and subsequent blast of cold heading for Alabama next week may end up being a bit more than just chilly or cold. Very cold may be a more accurate description of the temperatures expected next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
So far this fall, Montgomery has fallen into the 30s just six times. The coldest temperature the city has seen is 34°.
So we’ve yet to record an official freeze. Based on the latest outlook for early next week, we have a pretty solid chance of changing that.
It’s important to note that the cold front that will allow the very cold air mass to surge into Alabama is still six days away from arriving. Thus, it’s probable that at least some changes will occur regarding the exact magnitude of the cold.
Even when you factor in the potential for models to be overdoing the extent of the cold air, there is high potential for most of Central Alabama seeing freezing temperatures at least once early next week.
The way things look as of the writing of this article is for high temperatures to range from the upper 40s to middle 50s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday may begin a moderation in temperatures with most everyone well into the 50s.
Overnight lows will likely fall into the upper 20s and lower 30s Monday night and Tuesday night.
This is not going to be record-breaking cold as the records for December 1st and 2nd are in the lower 20s. The cold won’t even be all that unusual by early December standards.
What it will be is the coldest air mass we’ve seen since the thermometer read 29° back on February 28th. Again, some changes to the forecast in terms of just how cold it’ll get are a good bet.
For now, plan on freezing to subfreezing temperatures to kick off December. And just for fun, we looked ahead beyond next Wednesday...there is pretty solid potential for colder-than-normal temperatures to hang around for longer than just three days.