A blast of arctic air covers much of the nation this afternoon. Widespread travel problems are being reported from Texas to Kentucky. Winter Storm Warnings and Ice Storm Warnings have been issued along I-40 from west of Nashville to Little Rock. And Then along I-30 from Little Rock to Dallas. The actual cold front is now moving through North Alabama and southern Tennessee but the coldest air will remain to our north and west.
Our period of unseasonably warm weather will come to an end overnight tonight. Heavy rain and a few thunderstorms will overspread the area late tonight and throughout the day on Friday. Temperatures will fall into the upper 30s and middle 40s overnight tonight. Friday will be a wet day with temperatures remaining in the middle to upper 30s west of I-65 and in the lower to middle 40s east of I-65. As the rain ends late Friday evening there could be a brief round of freezing rain and sleet for areas west of I-65. At this time it doesn’t look like we will see any travel problems.
A break in the rain will occur overnight Friday into Saturday. Temperatures will drop into the upper 20s and middle 30s. It will be cloudy all day Saturday with highs in the middle to upper 30s. Moisture will move back in after sunset Saturday evening and before it changes over to a cold rain during the overnight hours there will likely be a brief period of sleet and or freezing rain. It will rain most of the day on Sunday with highs near 50 degrees. 1-3 inches of rain will be possible with the area of heavy rain that develops Sunday.
More rain early Monday and as the rain ends Monday night we could see a another brief round of sleet and or freezing rain. Temperatures will drop into the middle 20s Tuesday night and highs Tuesday and Wednesday could remain in the 30s.
Even though we mention the possibility of some wintry weather at times over the next four days it doesn’t appear right now that we will have any travel problems here in North Alabama or southern Tennessee.
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Have a great night.
WAFF 48 Storm Team
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