We will see a slight "warming" trend, if you want to call it that, to end the week as highs moderate back to the lower 40s on Thursday and Friday, though clouds will hang tough with partly to mostly cloudy skies overall. Tonight will be cold and continue to feature more clouds to the south and temperatures in the upper 20s to the mid-30s across Central Alabama.
Some intermittent sunshine may return Friday and Saturday with temperatures returning to the 50s or low 60s, but the milder weather will be short-lived. To top it off, we could see snow and sleet showers overnight and during the day on Sunday. Some freezing drizzle or perhaps light snow is possible on Saturday into New Year's Eve Sunday. The warm-up will be short lived and cold air will start rushing in by Sunday. Since the air aloft is somewhat warmer than here on the ground, the precipitation will continue as rain, but could freeze on contact with surfaces in areas below 32. Highs should climb into the mid 30s across southeast Oklahoma for our Wednesday. Most places will once again drop below freezing.
BOWL GAME FORECAST: Going by the model output mentioned above, Alabama fans traveling to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl could encounter problems on I-59 and I-65 as they head toward the Big Easy.
While winter weather is certainly a possibility with moisture and cold air in place, it's increasingly looking like north MS will be the most favorable place to get a changeover to freezing rain.
New Year's Day won't be any better with morning lows around zero, warming into the low to mid 10s for highs.
Temperatures will also be very cold. Temperatures in the teens are pipe-bursting cold.
Brutally cold weather will soon be refreshed as another bout of arctic air dives through the United States.