Alabama goes into the deep freeze

Patchy “black ice” Tuesday morning, wind chill values near zero in spots

Extreme cold coming tonight

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A bitterly cold night is in progress across Alabama. Temperatures are dropping quickly; by sunrise, we’ll range from 13 (west) to 26 (east) across the area. And, a biting northwest breeze will make it feel even colder. Wind chill values will be in the 0-10 degree range early Tuesday morning.

Pets must come inside tonight. And, you need to protect your pipes, too. Allow them to drip a small stream of water. Open the cabinet doors underneath the sink, too, as that will allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes.

As if that’s not enough, we’ll also need to watch for any isolated “black ice” patches overnight and into Tuesday morning. These form when leftover rain freezes on the roads, usually on the bridges and/or overpasses. They won’t be widespread, but where they form, they can make driving dangerous. My advice - slow down, especially on the bridges, and keep a safe distance from other cars.

Black ice blends in with the road making it hard to see and dangerous
Black ice blends in with the road making it hard to see and dangerous (Source: source:KSLA.com)

The cold has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a hard freeze warning for our entire area.

Hard Freeze Warning in effect for most of the region tonight.
Hard Freeze Warning in effect for most of the region tonight. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

This is dangerous and highly unusual cold. It’ll be vital to layer up and take proper cold weather precautions to protect yourself, your home, vehicles, plants, pets, and pipes!

Tonight will be the coldest night all winter.
Tonight will be the coldest night all winter. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

This will be the coldest morning in more than 1,100 days!

Then it’s very cold and quiet Tuesday with highs in the middle to upper 30s under mostly sunny skies.

A bitterly cold morning is on the way Tuesday, with additional subfreezing lows ahead.
A bitterly cold morning is on the way Tuesday, with additional subfreezing lows ahead. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Another major storm system will impact a huge area late Wednesday into Thursday. That one will bring all rain to the entire area during that period with highs in the 50s and 60s each day. There will even be some thunderstorm potential Wednesday night into the first half of Thursday -- especially south and east of Montgomery.

In fact, some strong storms will be possible in Southeast Alabama. Stay tuned for updates regarding this potential!

Rain and some storms are likely late Wednesday through the first half of Thursday.
Rain and some storms are likely late Wednesday through the first half of Thursday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

The sun will return in full force for the end of the week and the upcoming weekend with chilly temperatures in the upper 40s Friday, 50s Saturday and 60s by Sunday! The pattern looks quieter even heading into next week.

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