Cold And Windy Today As Storm Cleanup Begins

By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency

CLANTON – Friday, 7:30 am January 13, 2023

The map above shows tornado, wind, and hail reports that came into the National Weather Service.  There are likely many more areas across the state that received damage but have not yet been reported.

Before I get to the forecast, it’s important that unless you or your family were directly impacted by yesterday’s severe weather, please do not drive into areas to look at damage.  This only slows damage assessments and recovery efforts.

Isolated to scattered light precipitation will occur from this morning through this evening generally north of Hwy 80 – I-85 or north of a Livingston – Montgomery – Auburn line.  Although high temperatures today will range from the upper 30s north to lower 50s south, very cold air aloft may allow for a few snow flakes to mix in south of I-20.  North of I-20, and especially late this afternoon when temperatures begin to drop, snow flurries or snow showers will occur until around 12 am Saturday.

Although most locations will have no impacts from the snow, areas east of I-65 and north of a Cullman – Albertville – Fort Payne line, and especially in the higher elevations (above 1300 feet) in eastern Madison, Marshall, Jackson, and DeKalb counties continue to be monitored.  Very light accumulations could occur which may cause slushy issues on bridges and roads, especially well-protected roads. The most likely timing for road/bridge issues to begin would be late Friday afternoon through Friday night. 

Breezy northwest winds will occur statewide today through sunrise Saturday, sustained at 10-20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Low temperatures Saturday morning will range from the middle 20s in north Alabama north to lower 30s south.  High temperatures Saturday will be in the lower 40s north to middle 50s south.

Lows Sunday morning will be middle 20s north to lower 30s south.  Highs 55-62.

Lows Monday morning will be in lower to middle 30s with highs in the middle 50s north to near 70 south.  

The very active pattern will continue into next week with statewide rainfall Monday night into Tuesday, Wednesday into Thursday, and again Saturday into Sunday. 

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