Light snow is on the way


It will be coldest night yet this season with low temperatures in the mid to upper teens by the morning. Highs today near seasonal hitting the lower 40s but winds will still be gusting at 15-20 miles per hour. By Sunday, the clouds are persistent, the winds are gusty, and snow flurries are expected, keeping temperatures from moving much from the lower 30s. Temperatures will fall to around freezing by Friday morning and that's when the forecast gets interesting. As for snow, there's just the slightest chance Friday night into Saturday morning as moisture surges up the coast but struggles to extend inland. It is possible we could see some light snow showers in East Alabama near Anniston and Heflin. Temperatures look to only be in the upper 30s Friday for highs, and with the precipitation shield sliding back to the north some, model data output shows snow mixing in with the rain for some of these areas. If temperatures for the next 3 days fail to climb higher than 40, it will be the first consecutive 3-day period to do that since January 13, 14, and 15 of 2017.

Snow chances are greater now for Saturday. Overnight lows will continue to dip well down into the 20s. While Monday looks dry, it looks like we could have another snowy scenario on our hands by the middle of the week.

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Cold air continues to settle into the area through the weekend with a downright wintry feel Sunday. Otherwise, expect partly cloudy skies, brisk breezes, and colder temperatures to be the rule through the rest of the weekend. Wind chill values this afternoon will stay in the 20s.

With just 20 days until Christmas, the First Alert 5 team is already tracking our chances to see snow when the big day arrives.

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The cold pattern will be more about persistence than intensity.

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