Wednesday Morning, February 10, 2016
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson/Meteorologist Ben Smith
Snow showers end, frigid air leads to some patchy ice for Wednesday morning travel
Winter Weather Advisory has expired. Watch for some patchy ice this morning in Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Jackson, and DeKalb Counties in North Alabama as well as Wayne, Lawrence, Giles, Lincoln, Moore and Franklin Counties in Tennessee (and that goes for most of Middle and East Tennessee as well). Early this morning the temperature in Huntsville was 21ºF with a wind chill of 13ºF.
No warmth this week: Today starts very cold (10s and 20s), and we only see a small warm-up in the afternoon: highs 31-36ºF feeling more like the 20s with a stiff west-northwest breeze. Clouds gradually clear away leaving us with more sunshine, and that will help melt any leftover snow and ice by mid-afternoon.
Temperatures come up a little Thursday, but another deep plunge of cold weather moves in for Friday and the weekend. Daytime highs stay in the 30s and 40s, and low temperatures will begin the 20s over the weekend.
Another winter weather threat? Next week is a transition week. The pattern shifts from colder to warmer, and there is a chance for some snow and/or ice as the transition occurs.
We will keep a close watch on trends; however, there are no definitive answers this far out. If enough warm air surges north, it’s all rain. If the cold air wins out, we get snow/ice. That line sits right over North Alabama and Tennessee, so there’s a good chance it will be some of both.
Temperatures rise into the 50s and 60s late next week, but Winter is still far from over. Long-range guidance keeps us in a cold-looking pattern for the end of the month.
Tennessee Valley Forecast:
TODAY: A few flurries early. Becoming mostly sunny. A brisk, cold day. “Feels like” temps around 25-30ºF. High: 36. Wind: WNW 10-15.
TONIGHT: Clear and cold. Another freeze. Low: 27. Wind: Light East.
THURSDAY: Partly cloudy. Not quite as cold. Dry. High: 49. Wind: NE 5-10 mph.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Increasing clouds. Cold. Low: 29. Wind: NW 5-10.
FRIDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy. A milder afternoon. High: 51. Wind: NW 7-14.
SATURDAY: Another push of very cold air moves in. Partly cloudy, blustery and cold. “Feels like” temps around 25-30ºF. High: 37. Wind: N 10-20.
SUNDAY: Becoming partly cloudy. Cold and dry during the day. Some snow/mix possible by Sunday night. High: 40. Wind: E 6-12. Rain/Snow: 20%.
MONDAY: Some rain or a rain/snow mix at times. Temperatures look borderline for wintry weather. High: 41. Wind: NW 6-12. Rain/Snow: 60%.
TUESDAY: Partly cloudy and chilly. High: 47. Wind: W 5-10.
WEDNESDAY: Back to sunny, more typical mid-February weather. Highs in the 50s.
THURSDAY: Partly cloudy and milder! Highs in the lower 60s.