Warmish Saturday in New Orleans; then the arctic blast arrives

Holiday weekend looks cold & potentially snowy

Warmer by Saturday, then very cold for start of 2018

A cold front moves through the region Saturday and a reinforcing shot of cold air follows for us. Still keeping a close eye on an area of low pressure which comes very close to the coastline. The details are still far from certain as of Thursday.

That's right: Highs will be in the 30s Sunday, which means they will be in the teens at midnight New Years Day.

This will be a very risky stretch of cold for the area, so make sure your family and pets are prepared.

Steady snow continues to fall this morning and with temperatures now in the teens and 20s, every single flake is sticking.

There will be light snow at times today.

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Forecasters at the weather service in Birmingham said a few degrees will make all the difference for central Alabama - some areas may get snow or a wintry mix of frozen precipitation, and others only a cold rain. It'll feel much better outside even though temperatures will remain below normal. He says the elderly and people who consume excess amounts of alcohol are at risk when it gets this cold. At the same time, cold air will be spilling in from the north.

And it may hang around a while. With a wind chill advisory in effect and winds out of the east at 10-15 miles per hour, overnight wind chill lows could drop to between 10 and 15 degrees below zero. Skies will be clear throughout this bitterly cold stretch too. This would be the worst case scenario as that much ice accumulation could bring down tree branches and power lines and cause widespread power outages as the brutal cold arrives. Because of the deeper snow cover night time lows will range from the minus single digits by sunrise Sunday morning to minus teens for lows New Years Day morning.

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