The First Alert Weather Day for tonight’s bitter cold continues. While much of the area was below freezing this morning, we’ll be a few degrees cooler tonight. For many, this will be the coldest night since the middle of last February. Temperatures will fall quickly this evening, and we should be near freezing by midnight.
Lows will bottom out in the low/mid 20s. We should be below freezing for about 6-8 hours tonight.
It’s a good idea to bring pets inside as this will be the coldest night so far this fall. Make sure they have fresh water to drink when they head back outside…the water bowl may freeze over. Be safe if you’re using a space heater. Make sure the area around the heater is uncluttered, and if you use an extension cord, it needs to be rated to handle the power your space heater will draw.
If you don’t remember when you changed your smoke detector batteries, now would be a good time. Irrigation systems should off and drained. Any sprinklers running Monday AM will likely create slick spots in front of those houses/businesses. Also, allow yourself a little extra time for frost scraping if you park outside.
Temperatures will recover quickly with highs pushing to near 60° with mostly sunny skies. Lows into Tuesday morning will still be close to freezing, but we’ll be into the mid 60s during the afternoon. Our next weather maker heads into the Valley Wednesday.
Clouds will increase ahead of it late Tuesday, keeping lows in the 40s. Scattered showers can be expected Wednesday with many seeing around 0.25-0.5”. Rain totals look to be lowest where they are most needed…over northeastern AL.
Thanksgiving Day should be dry with highs into the upper 50s. Look for a few more clouds on Black Friday with highs back into the low/mid 60s. Mostly sunny conditions over the weekend with highs around average for this time of year.
-Meteorologist David Ernst