Temps drop this weekend; possible snow early next week

HOLT, Fla., Jan. 12, 2018–The National Weather Service in Mobile is calling for colder temperatures and possible wintery white stuff for this area early next week.

Temperatures will continue to drop in the wake of a strong cold front that moved across the region earlier this morning,

Expect a cold night tonight with lows ranging from the upper 20s to around 30 degrees with mostly cloudy skies through this evening, according to the NWS Mobile.

Skies will clear during the morning tomorrow.

Gusty northwest winds, mostly from 12-to-18 knots with frequent gusts from 20-to-25 knots, will continue through midday Saturday gradually diminishing by mid-to-late afternoon.

Wind chills for all areas will dip to the mid-teens-to-lower 20s early-to-mid morning Saturday.

Highs Saturday are expected to be in the mid-to-upper 40s, 10-to-15 degrees below seasonal averages.

A brisk northerly wind Saturday night will decrease Sunday, becoming light and mainly variable Sunday night and Monday.

Low temperatures Saturday night will be in the low-to-mid 20s.

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The NWS in Mobile received a few reports of snow flurries over interior portions of southwest Alabama late this afternoon, but they were brief with no accumulations.

A better chance for winter precipitation is possible early next week, the weather service said.

A strong surface cold front will continue moving south across the Gulf of Mexico, producing very cold temperatures in the forecast area from the north through Tuesday night.

Sub-freezing temperatures are expected to push all the way to the Gulf Coast by late Tuesday night, allowing light rain to change over to all snow as far south as the northern Gulf.

It’s too early to determine what snow accumulations will be, if any, according to the NWS Mobile. However, weather models currently show up to one inch of snow north of I-10 with possible higher accumulations.

This cold front will push through rather fast, so the entire should last less then 24 hours.

Dry conditions will follow Wednesday and Thursday behind the cold front.

Much-below-normal temperatures will persist through the long term.

NWS Mobile forecast

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