Cloudy For Most At Midday, But Frigid Temperatures Are On Their Way

Screen Shot 2016-12-07 at 12.06.08 PM.pngA Cloudy And Cool December Day For Your Wednesday
At the midday hour, clouds pretty much cover all of the state except for some clear skies in the northeastern parts of the area. Gadsden, Centre, Anniston, and Jacksonville are a few locations who are lucky enough to see some sun at this point. Skies will continue to be mostly cloudy to cloudy for the remainder of the day across Central Alabama, with afternoon highs in the 50s across the area. A few spots in the extreme southeastern parts of the area may reach the low 60s. Birmingham’s high is expected to be 55 degrees, which is 3 degrees lower than the average high for today.

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Temperatures at the noon hour across the state are currently in the 40s and 50s. The warm spot in the state at this point is Mobile at 64 degrees, while the cold spot is Haleyville at 43 degrees.

Birmingham’s Climatology And Records
The normal high for December 7th is 58, while the normal low is 37. The record high for today was set back in 1951 at 80. The record low was set back in 1937 at 12.

Arctic Blast Invades The Area On Thursday
A strong cold front will push across the area during the early morning hours, but it looks like the forecast models have really backed off of any rain falling along and ahead of the front. Both the HRRR and European models are showing no rainfall at all, with the GFS showing that a few sprinkles could fall over the extreme northern parts of the area. But the big news out of tomorrow will be the gusty winds with the much cooler temperatures during the day. Afternoon highs will only get to the mid to upper 40s across the area north of US-80 and I-85, with low 50s along and south of that. Clouds will start to decrease during the afternoon hours, and winds will be out of the north in the 15-25 MPH range.

A Cold Friday, Followed By A Warming Trend For The Weekend
The sun will be out in full force for Friday, but that will not help warm up the temperatures for the day. Early morning lows will be down in the low to mid 20s across the area, with wind chill values in the mid to upper teens. Not much warming will take place into the afternoon, with highs only expected to reach the upper 30s to mid 40s across the area from north to south.

Early morning temperatures will be even colder for your Saturday, as lows are expected to be in the upper teens to mid 20s across the area. Skies will once again be sunny and temperatures will be a little warmer, with highs in the mid to upper 40s across the area from north to south, and a few low 50s in the extreme southern parts of the area.

We will have a return of clouds to the area for your Sunday, with rain possibly moving in by the afternoon hours. A few periods of rain will be likely during the evening hours and into the early morning hours of Monday. Highs will be in the 50s for most of the area, with a few places in the extreme southern parts hitting the low 60s. Rain totals up to 1/2 inch will be likely.

National Extremes
Stuart, Florida, recorded the warmest high temperature for Tuesday, at 90 degrees. The coldest low temperature for last night into the early morning hours today was recorded in West Yellowstone, Montana, at -27 degrees. Brrr, that’s cold!!!

On This Day In 1989
A storm moving out of the Central Rocky Mountain Region spread snow across Kansas and Oklahoma into Arkansas and Tennessee. Snowfall totals ranged up to 7.5 inches at Winfield KS. Freezing rain on trees and power lines cut off electricity to 24,000 homes in northeastern Arkansas, and 40,000 homes in the Nashville TN area were without electricity for several hours.

Forecaster: Scott Martin (Twitter: @scottmartinwx)

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