Thursday Afternoon, March 5, 2015
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson
Icy Roads, Near-Record Cold Tonight; Warming Up Soon
Freezing drizzle is still an issue for northeastern Alabama and Tennessee this evening, but the main wave of precipitation is over. A healthy covering of sleet and ice glaze will help temperatures plunge to near-record territory tonight. Huntsville’s record is 17ºF (1932); we could go below that in areas covered with sleet. Expect lows in the 20s where there is not much ice cover.
The sun comes back on Friday, and the thaw begins in spite of cold temperatures. Look for a sunny, quiet afternoon with a high near 40ºF (a little warmer in Northeast Alabama where there is less ice). The weekend looks to start out dry, but some showers are possible by Sunday.
Friday and the Weekend: A strong area of high pressure settles in overnight plunging us to near-record low temps, but as it slides east from Friday to Sunday, temperatures slowly recover.
Expect a high near 40 degrees Friday afternoon with some sunshine. Saturday still looks mostly sunny and milder: highs 53-58ºF with a light northwest wind. A disturbance passing just south of the Valley Sunday may be close enough for a few spotty showers. Any rain would be light, and the odds of widespread rain are low: 20%. Sunday’s highs will be in the mid-50s.
Next Week’s Warmth: Wednesday (March 4th) was the first 70-degree reading of 2015; it was also the 6th-latest appearance of 70-degree weather on record in Huntsville.
We see 60s returning for some on Monday but for most of the Valley on Tuesday. There is also a small chance of some patchy, mainly light showers. Temperatures warm back to the upper 60s and lower 70s by midweek; as long as the sun breaks through, some of us could be in the upper 70s by next Friday.
TONIGHT: Near-record cold possible. 10s in the icy areas, 20s where there is less ice. Huntsville’s Low: 17. Wind: N 6-12.
FRIDAY: Partly to mostly sunny. Cold and dry. High: 40. Wind: N 5-10.
SATURDAY: Partly to mostly sunny. High: 55. Wind: NW 3-9.
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. A small chance of light showers. High: 55. Wind: NW 5-10. Rain: 20%.
MONDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy, milder. Some showers possible. High: 58. Wind: NW 3-9. Rain: 10%.
TUESDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy. Spotty showers. High: 64. Wind: NE 5-10. Rain: 20%.
WEDNESDAY: Clouds and sun. A few patchy showers possible. High: 69. Wind: ESE 5-10. Rain: 10%.
THURSDAY: Warmer. Isolated showers possible. High: 73. Wind: SE 6-12. Rain: 10%.