It’s going to be cold this weekend, and then it could get even colder next week.
And it’s just in time for Winter Weather Awareness week, which runs from Nov. 11-16.
There are two cold blasts coming, and the first will arrive later today behind a cold front.
The second could bring the chance for some in north Alabama to see a snowflake or two — although as of Friday the chances were dwindling, according to the National Weather Service.
Freeze warnings have been issued for north and part of central Alabama for Saturday morning. And a freeze watch has been issued for parts of central Alabama for Saturday night into Sunday morning.
A cold front will begin making its way through the state today, and it is expected to bring a dose of colder air behind it.
Today will feature warmer temperatures in the morning and falling numbers later in the day.
The cold really hits tonight.
A freeze warning will be in effect from 2 a.m. until 9 a.m. for all of north Alabama.
Temperatures are expected to fall to between 27 and 32 degrees, which will kill sensitive vegetation and outdoor plants.
Several central Alabama counties will also be under a freeze warning overnight from 2 a.m. until 9 a.m. Saturday.
The counties under the freeze warning are Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Winston, Walker, Blount, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, St. Clair, Talladega, Clay and Randolph.
Lows could range from 29-32 degrees overnight, the weather service said.
The weather service has also issued a freeze watch for other parts of central Alabama that will be in effect from late Saturday night through Sunday morning.
The counties in the freeze watch (which is for late Saturday into Sunday) are: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Etowah, Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Randolph, St. Clair, Talladega, Walker, Winston, Jefferson, Shelby, Pickens and Tuscaloosa.
Temperatures will be a bit milder in south Alabama tonight, falling into the low to mid-40s, according to the weather service in Mobile.
Then a stronger storm system could take shape next week and bring another dose of cold air to Alabama.
And some rain too. The weather service said rain could begin in north Alabama on Sunday night and last through Monday and into Tuesday.
If moisture hangs around behind the front and the cold air arrives on schedule there there could be “a very limited potential a few isolated snow flurries,” for those in north Alabama, the weather service in Huntsville said.
However, the chances of that were falling as of Friday.
” … although there is still some uncertainty, the likelihood of the area seeing snow is getting less,” the weather service said Friday. “The exception may be extreme northwest Alabama where the colder air may arrive quickly enough for snow to briefly mix in before the (precipitation) tapers off.”
The weather service added that if forecasters will be watching just in case it gets cooler than expected “then we’ll have to revisit this potential as it gets closer.”
But the bigger story will be the cold. Highs by the middle of next week may only make it into the 40s in north Alabama and low 50s in south Alabama as a cold and dry airmass settles in.
Lows by mid-week will range from 20s in north Alabama to near freezing in the south.
Forecasters in Mobile said the first freeze of the season may reach interior southwest Alabama by early Wednesday morning, and lows in the 30s and 40s could last until Friday.
More freeze watches and warnings will likely be needed next week, the weather service said.