Drastically Different Temps Plus Possible Freeze for Alabama Soon
Alabamians should get ready for some drastically different temperatures as the cold front will leave behind some of the coldest conditions so far this season.
This also means that there have already been freeze-watches and warnings established for various parts of Alabama.
Watches and Warnings from the National Weather Service in Birmingham
Freeze Warning is valid starting on Tuesday, Oct 18 at 2:00 AM for Blount, Cherokee, Etowah, Marion, and Winston until Oct 18, 9:00 AM.
Freeze Watch is valid on Wednesday, Oct 19, 12:00 AM CDT for Blount, Cherokee, Etowah, Marion, and Winston until Oct 19, 9:00 AM.
Freeze Watch is valid on Wednesday, Oct 19, 12:00 AM or Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker until Oct 19, 9:00 AM.
Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, and other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist said that “today will be mostly sunny with a cool northwest wind of 10-20 mph; the high will be in the 66-71 degree range over North Alabama, with mid-70s for the southern counties of the state.” Also, he talked about tonight how a “freeze warning has been issued for areas along and north of U.S. 278... north of a line from near Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden. Temperatures here will drop into the 28-32 degree range; a north wind of 7-14 mph will keep frost from becoming too widespread. Temperatures will drop into the mid to upper 30s down into South Alabama.”
“The day will be sunny, breezy, and very cool with highs only in the 52-58 degree range over the northern half of the state, with low 60s for the southern counties. We will be close to setting new record low maximum temperatures,” said Spann.
Townsquare Media Coverage Area Projected High and Lows for Tuesday
Bibb: High 57 degrees – Low 30 degrees
Fayette: High 55 degrees – Low 30 degrees
Greene: High 55 degrees – Low 33 degrees
Hale: High 55 degrees – Low 31 degrees
Lamar: High 54 degrees – Low 28 degrees
Perry: High 55 degrees – Low 32 degrees
Pickens: High 55 degrees – Low 32 degrees
Sumter: High 56 degrees – Low 30 degrees
Tuscaloosa: High 56 degrees – Low 32 degrees
Walker: High 55 degrees – Low 29 degrees
Preparedness Actions from National Weather Service
Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.
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