MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - We're about to settle into a very cold February stretch across central and south Alabama. A cold front is approaching the area from the north and will serve as the catalyst to usher in a bout of Canadian air. While the cold will be the main headline, there's a secondary story that will likely pique some interest. Snow flurries are expected to fly across north Alabama tonight and overnight. A few of those flakes may try to sneak their way into our northern counties too...
TODAY: The cold front is now being marked by a veil of clouds about as far south as I-85 at the moment. Those clouds will filter the sunshine and can already be seen on the northern horizon across the Montgomery area. A few light showers have popped up on radar near I-20, but it's debatable whether any of that is actually making it to the ground.
As the front slides south expect clouds to increase with a very low threat for a sprinkle/shower mainly into the afternoon. Temperatures today will be about as warm as we'll get for a little while, climbing into the lower and middle 50s.
The forecast gets a bit more interesting as the sun goes down. Across north Alabama, pockets of rain showers will transition to show showers as sufficiently cold air nudges it's way in. It remains a rather low end, but not impossible scenario that a few flurries could fly across northern parts of our viewing area.
The air tonight will most certainly be cold enough. Surface temperatures should dip to around the freezing mark overnight, but the air above our head will be very cold. That combined with marginal moisture could be just enough to allow a few snowflakes to make it to the ground across central Alabama.
The best chance for seeing a flake overnight will be generally north of a Demopolis-Selma-Prattville-Auburn line. And even there, we're talking about a 10% chance of precipitation. Most of you won't see a thing. Those that do won't experience any impact whatsoever. It doesn't stick and doesn't last very long.
HERE COMES THE COLD: We're going to be stuck in the freezer for the next few days. Temperatures tomorrow won't climb out of the lower 40s in many cases with a continued threat of a few flurries across north Alabama. Overnight lows Tuesday and Wednesday night will fall well into the 20s, so you'll need to keep those pets in mind.
Models have backed off some on the extent of the warming trend late week into the weekend, but we'll still slowly inch closer toward more seasonable temperatures. Nothing crazy on the 7-Day. No major rain chances...just a bout of wintry air for the next few days.