Arctic front arrives this weekend; wintry weather possible Sunday

Very Cold Day Ahead For Green Country

The rest of Central Alabama will remain dry. This will keep temperatures cool through Friday afternoon with highs in the middle 50s for most of the region.

Temperatures look to drop back below freezing on Saturday, and we may stay well below freezing for multiple days! For that reason, we are issuing a First Alert Weather Day for Sunday Night. That will create conditions favorable for frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes for New Year's Eve night.

Although arctic air is expected to ease later in the week, any relief will be minimal and short lived. Skies should clear and with south winds, highs should climb to the low 60s. Still not expecting much accumulations area wide but a few places could see a dusting of snow.

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. Significant accumulations of freezing rain ( 0.10 inches of ice) could affect areas all along I-59 in western Alabama and eastern MS as well as along I-65 in Southwest Alabama. We will have a better handle on the forecast in the coming days.

It will be very cold for New Year's Eve into New Year's Day. Preparations should be completed sometime today through Saturday in order to avoid rain and the extreme cold. Temperatures in the teens can be deadly for pets and people too. This means at least two mornings with a hard freeze across most of Southwest Louisiana.

There is some hint that light precipitation could also accompany the Arctic cold front, but the probability is now only 20 percent.

Even with extremely cold weather on Sunday through Tuesday, Sanchez predicted a mild winter overall.

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