MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Lows dropped into the mid to upper 20s around central and south Alabama this morning. Montgomery fell to 24 degrees, tying for the coldest temperature of the Winter so far. Throw in the wind and there's no sugarcoating it - it was an uncomfortably cold morning across the state.
COLD AGAIN: While it won't be quite AS cold tonight, there will still be a chill in the air. We're forecasting an average low around 27 degrees tonight, but some of the normally colder spots will drop down as low as 24-25 degrees. The silver lining? Not as much wind, so it won't *feel* as cold.
MODEST WARMING TREND: We'll rebound into the lower 60s tomorrow afternoon and again on Friday. The warmer air, along with a nice supply of sunshine, will help it make it feel even more pleasant. Enjoy it, because more cold air arrives by the weekend.
COLDER, THEN SOME RAIN: A weak front passes through Friday night; there's no moisture, so we don't expect rain, but it will bring another shot of cold air into the Deep South. Highs on Saturday will struggle into the lower 50s, then we'll drop into the upper 20s Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Our next system gets its act together Monday - the latest computer model runs have trended warmer, suggesting that most or all of Alabama will see only a cold rain out of this setup. There could be ice/snow problems in parts of Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas, though. We'll keep an eye on it, but we don't expect issues here.
There's increasing evidence of a shift to much warmer weather late next week...