Brace yourself for another round of unseasonably cold weather for the first couple of days this week. Rain showers ended this morning...with a brief round of snow/sleet for some. Now the colder air is working into the Valley thanks to strong northwest winds. Afternoon temperatures will likely stay in the 30s as skies begin to clear.
I won't call them highs, since the high was in the 40s/50s and occurred overnight. Winds could gust up to 25-30 mph this afternoon making it feel even colder. Those strong winds will continue into this evening. Even overnight wind speeds around 10 mph can be expected. Lows should fall into the lower 20s, but it will feel like teens when you factor in the wind.
We might even see an isolated single digit wind chill Tuesday morning. Definitely a night you'll want to bring in the pets. You may want to drip your faucets as well...pipes start bursting when we see lows in the low/mid 20s.
We'll see sunny skies Tuesday, but it won't warm up much. Expect highs in the low-to-mid 30s. That's about 30 degrees below normal! We may even set a record for the coldest afternoon ever on Nov. 18. The records we're going up against are 36 for both Huntsville and Muscle Shoals. Winds will still be out of the north at 10-15 mph...so it will feel like it's in the 20s all day.
Look for another night of lower 20s into Wednesday morning. Temperatures should make it back into the 40s for highs that afternoon. We continue to get warmer through the rest of the week. Highs should be back to near 50 by Thursday, and may even reach the 60s over the weekend.
-Meteorologist David Ernst