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First Alert: Wintry weather possible Thursday night into Friday

Warmer for Wednesday, but cold air returns soon
Enjoy the sunshine while you can... we are tracking the return of rain + a few cloudy days
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 4:19 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2022 at 9:28 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A brief warming trend begins today after a very cold morning with widespread frost... highs have climbed into the 50s for the entire area thanks to a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky. It’s not as breezy this afternoon as it has been, so things feel a bit better!

Sunshine with some passing afternoon clouds today.
Sunshine with some passing afternoon clouds today.(WSFA 12 News)

Tomorrow will then be the warmest day of the next week and it isn’t even close; highs will rise into the mid 60s ahead of an approaching cold front.

That cold front will move through Wednesday night and Thursday, bringing rain for just about everyone. There could even be some thunder in the mix.

Rain is likely Wednesday night into Thursday. Additional showers are possible Thursday night...
Rain is likely Wednesday night into Thursday. Additional showers are possible Thursday night and Friday.(WSFA 12 News)

The front stalls to our south and a wave of low pressure forms along the front down in the Gulf of Mexico. This will help to throw moisture back into the cold air in place over the state. Depending on the precise temperature, depth of the cold air and availability of moisture, there could be a window of ice and/or snow across portions of south Alabama Thursday night into Friday. The most likely scenario is a period of freezing rain, which could cause some icy spots by late Thursday into early Friday.

We will know much more about this close call with wintry weather tomorrow and tomorrow night as new data becomes available, so its vital that you check back for updates.

Very cold air returns later this week.
Very cold air returns later this week.(WSFA 12 News)

What we are very sure of is another blast of cold air, likely the coldest of the season so far, beginning late Thursday afternoon. Highs will be in the 40s and lower 50s with overnight lows in the 20s heading through the weekend into next week.

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