By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
CLANTON – We have two more days of temperatures 15-20 degrees below normal, then a slow warm-up begins. There is also a low confidence of a period of winter precipitation Sunday evening/night in the east. But, the good news is that by next week, it will finally feel much warmer.
Low temperatures Friday morning will be mainly in the teens statewide tonight and middle teens to middle 20s near the coast Saturday morning. High temperatures will remain below freezing today for the northern 1/3 of the state, and for the very northern sections on Friday.
The state will finally see a warm-up beginning this weekend, with high temperatures in the upper 40s north to middle 60s south by Monday afternoon and continuing into the middle of next week.
A storm system will spread rain across the state from west to east Sunday afternoon and evening. There may be a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain for areas east of I65 and north of I20 from around 6 pm until midnight, but the good news is that temperatures will rise during the overnight hours and no lingering issues are anticipated by dawn Monday.