BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Earlier this month temperatures dropped below freezing for a total of 59 hours. The next upcoming cold stretch is expected to last about 65 hours.The longest stretch below freezing was in 1940 for a total of 116 consecutive days.
Monday is transition day across Alabama. The Arctic front moves in from the North and will drop Southward across the state during the morning and early afternoon hours.
Temperatures initially will be in the 40's and then drop to the freezing mark and below after 6pm across the Birmingham metro and earlier to the North.
With the passage of the front comes cold air and increasing winds. Winds will be sustained around 15-20 mph with higher gusts. The gusty winds are expected to persist through Tuesday morning and with temperatures dropping into the teens, feels like temperatures will plummet into the single digits to negative single digits.
Temperatures struggle to reach 30° on Tuesday afternoon. Even colder with less wind on Wednesday morning with lows in the lower teens and single digits. We expect to barely reach the freezing mark on Wednesday afternoon as well.
The extreme cold lasts through Thursday morning before a warmer pattern develops.
We can't stress enough to make sure your pipes are well insulated, that you leave the faucets dripping, you check on those sensitive to the cold, protect your pets and any sensitive vegetation and make sure you have a safe way to stay warm.
The cold isn't the only fly in the ointment. A storm system along the Gulf coastline could bring snow to parts of Alabama, especially south of a line from Demopolis to Auburn on Tuesday afternoon.
Some computer models keep the snow south of the Fox6 viewing area while others are showing snow making it as far north of a line from Fayette to Gadsden. The outlier model is the GFS which predicts 1.3" of snow for Birmingham. The ECMWF is drier with no snow accumulation for the Birmingham metro.
As of now, the best chance for snow and even accumulating snow is to the south of I-20 between the hours of 2PM Tuesday through 3AM Wednesday. We'll continue to track the upcoming cold outbreak and the potential for snow.
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