Thursday Morning, January 28, 2021
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson/Meteorologist Ben Smith
Cold air takes over! Rain again this weekend
Huntsville topped out around 55°F just before noon Wednesday, and chilly air has been moving in ever since! We’ll find ourselves in the 20s and 30s by dawn Thursday, and a cold north wind will make it feel even colder: wind chill in the 10s and 20s to start the day!
The cold air surging in now means Thursday is the coldest day of the week: nearly thirty degrees colder than it was on Monday and about fifteen degrees colder than Wednesday. Our little taste of spring in late January takes a back for a while as we end the month and start February with some colder-than-average days.
Expect a hard freeze Thursday night into Friday morning. Temperatures will drop as low as the mid-20s for up to 6 hours by sunrise.
Friday and the weekend
It’ll be very cold Friday morning, but the afternoon doesn’t look half bad: some sunshine, a light wind from the east, and temperatures that manage to climb into the lower 50s.
Another storm system (typical of this time of year) moves in with wind and rain developing for the weekend. Rain sets in early Saturday as spotty showers, but the showers get heavier and more widespread Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Total rainfall? It still looks less than a ‘typical’ late January storm: around 0.25″ to 0.75″ in most communities over the weekend. Huntsville International Airport will likely end January somewhere around two inches below average for monthly rainfall in January: the third-straight drier than average month.
Beyond the weekend, next week starts out chilly and dry as February begins. February, like January, is often a month of extremes with some cold days and some warmer days. All of that change can lead to stormy weather, too, so don’t get fooled into thinking severe weather can’t happen this time of year!
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Fultondale Tornado rated EF-3
The National Weather Service in Birmingham rated Monday night’s Jefferson County tornado an EF-3 with 150 mile per hour winds.
That tornado is the third EF-3+ tornado to track through the Fultondale area since April 27, 2011. Read more about the tornado and what might influence hot spots like this and others across the state.
TENNESSEE VALLEY FORECAST
THURSDAY: Breezy, cold and dry. Highs in the lower 40s, a wind chill in the 30s in the afternoon with a sunny sky. Wind: NW 10-20.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clear and cold. A hard freeze likely! Lows in the lower to middle 20s. Light NE wind.
FRIDAY: Frosty and cold in the morning. A little milder by afternoon. Sunny, highs in the upper 40s/lower 50s. Wind: E-SE 6-12.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, not quite as cold. Lows in the lower 30s.
SATURDAY: Becoming cloudy early. Breezy and cool. Showers increasing throughout the day. Highs in the 50s. Wind: SSE 12-25.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Rain likely. Breezy and cool. Lows in the 40s.
SUNDAY: A strong cold front ends showers by early afternoon. Temperatures peak in the upper 50s before lunchtime and fall to the 40s through the rest of the day.
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