RIGHT NOW: Tonight, we're watching rain back off to our west, mixing with freezing rain, sleet, and snow as well. Here's the radar view:
Temperatures around here remain way too warm for any winter weather at the moment, but we're looking at colder temperatures to the west that are moving in our direction:
Rain will be moving in later this evening and stick with us tonight with lows in the 30s.
WINTER THREAT #1: Winter weather advisories and freezing rain advisories are in effect to our north and west thanks to our first threat for winter precipitation coming in tonight and early Tuesday. Here's a graphic from the NWS in Birmingham showing what they expect for their area:
The only issues we would expect around here would be perhaps some slick spots on bridges and overpasses in places like Randolph, northern Tallapoosa, and northwestern Chambers County. For the rest of us, it will just be a rain event with scattered showers at times this evening and through the overnight hours. The best chance of rain Tuesday will be during the first part of the day, with perhaps even some clearing later in the afternoon and evening.
WINTER THREAT #2: Wednesday, we're looking at our next threat for winter weather in the area. This is a very classic setup for snow in the South - a low tracking across the southern parts of Alabama and Georgia with colder air filtering down from the north and west. At the moment, we think we'll be right on the dividing line of the winter weather here in the Valley - forecast a cold rain on Wednesday for the area, perhaps with a few snowflakes mixing in for places in Tallapoosa, Chambers, Troup, Meriwether, and Upson Counties. The greatest risk of accumulating snow looks to be in Randolph County, Alabama. Winter storm watches are already in effect for northern parts of Alabama and Mississippi, and parts of North Georgia will likely go under one at some point as well. Here's the forecast of snow amounts from the NWS in Birmingham:
It matches up very well with our forecast, but we caution - a track a little farther north or south of the area of low pressure can mean a big difference... as can a change in the temperature by just a few degrees! We'll have to keep a close eye on the forecast for any changes and we'll keep you posted!
STAYING COOL & UNSETTLED: After the wet weather moves out, we'll keep highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s through Sunday with more clouds than sun. Rain chances should stay out of the picture through the end of the week, but there are indications that a wedge might set up by the weekend, and we will have to include a slight chance of rain at least on Sunday. By early next week, temperatures should start a warming trend, but we'll bring in a rain chance for you on Monday.
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Chief Meteorologist Derek Kinkade, WTVM / WXTX