Friday, December 29 Morning Forecast Discussion

Friday, December 29 Morning Forecast Discussion

Friday, December 29 Morning Forecast Discussion

The rest of Central Alabama will remain dry. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 40s. Freezing/frozen Precipitation is still a bit of a question, though.

Some sunshine is expected for Friday and it will warm highs into the mid-50s.

First Alert Weather Days have been issued for Sunday evening through Wednesday morning because of bitterly cold conditions.

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In Atlanta and Chicago, it will be the coldest New Year's Eve since welcoming in 2010, when the temperature bottomed out at 29 and 5 F, respectively.

Although arctic air is expected to ease later in the week, any relief will be minimal and short lived. The GFS has been consistently painting a picture of a wintry mix across the Southeast for Sunday and Monday and continues to show a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow across much of the northern half of Alabama. Skies should clear and with south winds, highs should climb to the low 60s.

Arctic air will hold on to us most of next week with significant freezes for several nights.

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BOWL GAME FORECAST: Going by the model output mentioned above, Alabama fans traveling to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl could encounter problems on I-59 and I-65 as they head toward the Big Easy. So some freezing rain is possible for a few hours along and north of USA 190. We will have a better handle on the forecast in the coming days. It's another bitter cold start to the day with temperatures down in the mid 20's.

According to the National Weather Service, Temperatures definitely continue to look VERY cold for New YearsEve through Tuesday. Temperatures in the teens can be deadly for pets and people too.

Cold air will surge in behind this system Sunday night into Monday.

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