Sunday Morning, January 20, 2019

Coldest Air Of The Season So Far Arrives Today!

Sunday has brought a big change in our weather! After a mild and wet Saturday, colder and drier air is now surging into North Alabama. A stiff wind up to 25 mph will help pull in the northerly air, which also helps dry up the lingering moisture from Saturday. That will keep icy spots from developing on the roads, expect for areas where water was allowed to pool during Saturday’s rain.

As dry air settles in clouds will break up through the afternoon, but the sun will do little to warm us up. High temperatures only make it into the mid 30s this afternoon, which could make this the coldest day of the season thus far; up until today the coldest day in Huntsville was November 15, at 36°F. The wind this afternoon will certainly make it feel like the coldest day though! ‘Feels like’ temperatures will stay in the 20s all day.

Blood Supermoon: Tonight is the night to catch a total lunar eclipse DURING a supermoon! The eclipse starts just after 10:30pm and peaks closer to 11:00pm.

Skies will be clearing nicely, which will make viewing easy, but clear skies also allow temperatures to drop quicker. We’ll fall into the 20s after sunset with a ‘feels like’ temperature in teens during the eclipse. Make sure you bundle up and protect yourself from the cold by wearing layers, ear muffs, and gloves!

Slight Warming Trend & More Rain This Week: Monday stays dry and cold: temperatures rise from the teens around sunrise into the low 40s in the afternoon. A shift in our winds will bring some relief from this cold through the middle of the week; unfortunately, as temperatures rise so will our rain chances.

Temperatures will slowly climb back into the 50s by Wednesday, just ahead of the next cold front expected to move through. Rain begins moving in Tuesday evening, then becomes widespread on Wednesday. If showers linger long enough Wednesday night we could get another chance at snow flurries early Thursday morning. Then by Thursday afternoon we’ll dry out and cool down again!

Long-Lasting Cold? The next round of cold air arrives in time for next weekend, and it could settle in for the long-haul. While we’re likely to see some ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ in our temperatures over the coming weeks, the overall trend is looking pretty chilly at least through the end of January!

A shift in large-scale weather patterns, along with model guidance, suggests a turn for below average temperatures for most of the eastern US. The Climate Prediction Center backs that up in their 6-10 day, 8-10 day, and 1 month outlooks by favoring the chances of below average temperatures too.

For now, at least get prepared for the cold: we have a break down of safety tips on our valley weather blog to help you out!

Tennessee Valley Forecast

SUNDAY: Windy and MUCH colder; morning “feels like” wind chill temperatures in the single digits to low teens. Morning snow flurries give way to mostly cloudy skies. Highs in the middle 30s early. 20s most of the afternoon. Rain/Snow: 20%. Winds: NW 15-35 mph.

SUNDAY NIGHT: Look up for the Super Wolf Blood Moon! If you are venturing outside, BUNDLE UP as temperatures will fall into the mid-20s during the lunar eclipse, upper teens overnight into Monday morning. Wind: NW 5-10.

MONDAY (MLK, JR DAY): Sunshine and very cold. Morning temperatures in the teens/low 20s ; wind chills in the single digits early in the morning. Afternoon highs gradually thaw into the low 40s. Winds: SE 7-12 mph.

MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy, lows near freezing. Wind: NE 5-10.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy in the morning with more showers arriving throughout the afternoon. Highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Wind: SE 15-25. Rain: 50%.

WEDNESDAY: Cloudy with widespread rain showers throughout the morning and afternoon; a few showers could transition to a light wintry mix late in the day. Morning lows in the low 50s, daytime highs in the upper 50s with a sharp temperature drop in the evening. Wind: S 15-25 becoming NNW 10-15. Rain: 70%.

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy and bitterly cold in the morning; lows in the mid to upper 20s. A few morning flurries possible. Sunshine in the afternoon; highs in the low 40s. Wind: NW 10-15. Flurries: 20%.

FRIDAY:  Partly to mostly cloudy and still frosty cold in the morning (low 20s) and very cold in the afternoon (low-40s).  Wind: W 5-10.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy and still frosty cold in the morning (upper teens/low 20s) and very cold in the afternoon (upper-30s/low 40s). A few light rain/wintry mix showers possible; no accumulation expected. Wind: W 5-10. Wintry Mix: 20%.

SUNDAY:  Frosty cold in the morning (upper 20s) with a few snow showers. Very cold in the afternoon (low-40s). Wind: W 10-15. Snow: 20%.