Saturday, December 11, 2010

Forecast: Near freezing temperatures expected to arrive Saturday night

Published: Friday, December 10, 2010, 7:30 PM ??? Updated: Friday, December 10, 2010, 7:30 PM
Temperatures are expected to plummet overnight Saturday across central Alabama and meteorologists said there will be little warm-up until later this week.

Tonight's low will be around 34.

It should be a pleasant, albeit cloudy, afternoon Saturday across the Birmingham area, according to the National Weather Service.

The high Saturday is expected to reach 57, but after 6 p.m., when a widespread rain is expected to soak the area, temperatures will begin a downward spiral, said meteorologist Gary Goggins.

By 7 a.m. Sunday, there will be near freezing temperatures across the area with 20 to 25 mph winds, Goggins said.

"(Temperatures) are going to continue to hover near freezing all day long," Goggins said.

Saturday night's rain is expected to continue through about noon Sunday. Some "snow showers" could pass through as well, but Goggins said any flurries are not expected to stick.

"It'll be nice to look at, but that's about it," Goggins said.

Temperatures will continue to drop Sunday night, when the overnight low is expected to dip to 18.

There will be little relief from the cold Monday afternoon; the high will likely only reach 32 with the overnight low again dropping into the upper teens.

The Birmingham area will be significantly warmer, however, by Thursday when the high is expected to be near 65 with a night-time low around 47.

For more Birmingham area weather information, check the Weather Center on

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