Hard freeze possible Monday, Tuesday nights


Bitterly cold temperatures could arrive with the New Year. (National Weather Service Mobile)

HOLT, Fla., Dec. 27, 2017—An Arctic blast of cold air is expected to flow into the area New Year’s Day dropping temperatures to below freezing.

The National Weather Service in Mobile is forecasting a hard freeze Monday and Tuesday nights with subfreezing temperatures.

Lows Sunday night are expected to range from the mid-to-upper 20s well inland to the mid-30s at the coast with Holt temperatures falling somewhere around freezing.

Colder temperatures Monday in the upper teens are possible well inland ranging to mid-20s at the coast.

The wind chill accompanying this cold will drop temperatures into the teens and possible single digits both nights.

Along with the cold air is a chance of frozen precipitation; however, the NWS confidence in the forecast is low at this time.

Possible scattered patches of rain could be expected Sunday night into New Year’s Day with dry conditions by Monday afternoon.

With the very cold air flowing into the area, there is some potential that any lingering precipitation could change into a wintry mix over interior counties in Alabama late New Year’s Eve night before the precipitation comes to an end, probably falling as freezing rain.

At this time no significant icing accumulation is expected, should the freezing rain occur.

Again, NWS Mobile confidence of this precipitation is low at this time. The service will have a better idea of precipitation as weather models become better defined.

National Weather Service

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