Winter Weather Advisory IssuedJanuary 24th, 2014 at 6:10 pm by Jason Smith under FOX10 Weather
Things are refreezing in many areas and a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through tonight for Mobile, Jackson, George, and Greene Counties. This advidory has been expanded to include Baldwin, Escambia, and the Panhandle counties. Be especially careful on bridges and overpasses tonight
.A mixture of wintry precipitation was reported in many areas across the Gulf Coast on this Friday, and continues this evening. Parts of Mobile saw a mixture of sleet, and a few snow flakes through mid morning. By lunch, things transitioned to a sleet/drizzle mixture. This pattern should continue before tapering off by late evening. A few cars and rooftops saw a very light dusting off sleet. Most of this melted by early afternoon with temps in the mid 30′s. Some inland areas maintained minor accumulations and dustings.
The evaporative cooling effect of the sleet has held daytime highs much lower than anticipated. Most spots will only top out in the mid 30′s. It should be a cold winter night with a light freeze tonight. Most areas will see lows in the upper 20′s.
The light mixture of sleet, freezing rain, and a few flakes should end later tonight.
Temperatures will finally improve by Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will rise to the upper 50′s Saturday, with a mixture of sun and clouds. It’s looking very pleasant for Senior Bowl Saturday. Temps will be in the mid-upper 50′s for the game and kickoff is a Ladd Stadium at 3pm. We should be back above freezing along I-10 by Saturday night. Sunday looks even milder with a high near 60.
More Cold Air, and ?
The long range forecast show a very cold air mass returning to the Gulf Coast next week. The surface front should pass through on Monday. Some precipitation is possible in the colder air, especially Tuesday. A surface low should track across the Gulf. It’s way to soon to get specific, but some parts of the Deep South may see more wintry precip next week. More freezing temperatures are also very likely. Stay Tuned!