Little warmer but freezing temperatures hang around at night

Published 7:18 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Anyone outside Tuesday morning knows it was cold. But how cold was it?

The temperature in Selma was officially 16 degrees. However, the wind chill at 7 a.m. for Selma was a downright bone-chilling 7 degrees.

Things weren’t much warmer at the beach, which saw a 13-degree wind chill as water started to freeze along the shores of Mobile Bay.

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Our neighbors to the north had it even worse with wind chills as cold a -3 degrees in Haleyville and -2 degrees in Cullman.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham officially rose above 32 degrees around 2 p.m. Tuesday, which ended the streak of below freezing temperatures at 45 hours.

Another cold night was expected Tuesday with a low of 24 degrees in Selma. The high Wednesday is forecast to be 41 degrees in Dallas County with decreasing clouds.

There is actually a slight chance of a non-accumulating snow flurry in the morning Wednesday but skies start to clear by lunch.

There is a chance of accumulating snow and ice to the southeast from Tallahassee to Savannah to Charleston.

However, the National Weather Service in Birmingham says that threat will stay far away from Central Alabama.

Nights will remain cold for a couple of days with lows expected around 20 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday night.

Thursday will be another chilly day with a high in the low to mid-30s.

Things gradually warm up though and highs are forecast to be 36 degrees Friday and 42 degrees Saturday.

And because it’s Alabama, the weather won’t stay cold for long. Afternoon highs by Monday will be approaching 60 degrees.

Those heading over to Atlanta for Monday night’s championship game between Georgia and Alabama can expect a decent chance of showers with a high of 53 and a low of 35.

The weather next week will be more average for January in Alabama with highs in the 50s and nighttime lows near 40.