Clouds have again been in abundance for us across the area, with a peek or two of sunshine at best across the area so far on this first day of the year. Clouds will thicken up this evening as rain showers will begin arriving from southwest to northeast. Rain will be light for the most part with a moderate shower or two embedded. Temperatures will slowly rise through the night.
Rain will come to an end around midday tomorrow (with West Alabama clearing last) and then the cold air rushes in with a fury as winds will pick up from the northwest between 15 and 25 mph that will make it feel a good 8 to 12 degrees colder with our wind chill. Our low temperature for Thursday will happen just before midnight.
We will wake up Friday morning in the 20s (with a few near 20 along the Highway 14 corridor) and struggle to get to the low 40s with some locations north of Interstate 20 stuck in the upper 30s for our Friday. This will be just a taste of what we can expect next week.
We return to the 50s Saturday ahead of our next system on Sunday. This one will bring rain showers, and right now no thunderstorms are expected, as this powerful cold front moves through. In its wake, arctic air will funnel into the eastern two thirds of the country as the coldest readings of the season arrive. Highs on Monday will struggle to 40, highs Tuesday and Wednesday will be only in the 30s. Overnight lows on Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be in the teens, making this the coldest air we have had in a while.