(Courtesy WHNT; Huntsville)
Updated 1415; 11 December 2013
Wednesday Morning Update: It’s a very cold start this morning. Allow yourself extra time as you are likely to encounter a thick coating of frost on your windshield. Also be careful with icy spots in parking lots and any standing water from recent rains may have frozen. Temperatures are in the middle 20s with a light breeze. Plenty of stars out this morning.
Expect another sunny day for this afternoon; temperatures moderate a little by midday. Look for high temperatures in the upper 40s and lower 50s.
Thursday & Friday: A cold north wind blows more Arctic air into the Valley on Thursday. Many higher-terrain communities will stay in the 30s all day with a wind chill in the 10s and 20s. It will be sunny, but that sunshine won’t be warming us up much!
Temperatures plunge into the upper 10s and lower 20s by Friday morning giving us a hard freeze and another thick frost, but a slight warm-up brings numbers back to the upper 40s and low-50s for Friday afternoon and Saturday. The only catch is that some rain is in the forecast.
Rain Likely Friday Night & Saturday: Showers move in after sunset Friday, and with milder air in place, this time there is no risk of freezing or frozen precipitation.
Rain could become heavy at times on Saturday; expect around 0.75” to 1.50” of rain between Friday night and Saturday evening. Temperatures warm up a little, but it won’t be “warm.” Afternoon highs only get up around 51 to 56 degrees.
Colder & Drier Air Again: Arctic air moves in again on Sunday, and it will be breezy and cold yet again. Expect a high in the low-40s with a howling northwest wind.
Cold weather sticks around through Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures run about 5 to 10 degrees below average for this time of year through the middle of next week.
Warm, Stormy Shift: Don’t misread “stormy” as a threat of severe weather, but we do see an active weather pattern and warmer temperatures late next week through the first part of Christmas week. Rain is likely leading up to the holiday, but at this point it is too far away to say how much and how long it will last.
TODAY: Mostly sunny and milder. High: 50. Winds: NW 5-10 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear and very cold. Low: 23. Winds: Light.
THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and cool. High: 40. Winds: NE 0-5 mph.
FRIDAY: Increasing clouds with a chance of showers late. High: 52. Rain: 30%.
SATURDAY: Rain likely. High: 55. Rain: 80%.
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and colder. High: 42.
MONDAY: Mostly sunny and continued cool. High: 46.