Get ready for an arctic cold spell set to sweep across the nation, even reaching the Deep South. This frigid blast can potentially break records as it persists well into the upcoming week.

The Weather Channel said that “daily records for mid-January could be broken from Washington state to the Gulf Coast.”

What Does This Mean for Alabama?

If you've been hoping for a snowy scene, your wish might soon become a reality. I will admit that forecasting snow in the southern region can be difficult. The outlook will become more defined as we get closer to early next week.

What You Need to Know ... Right Now

Wintry Precipitation - Highlights from the National Weather Service in Birmingham

Where:  Locations north of Interstate 85

When:  Monday morning through Tuesday morning

Threats:   While locations as far south as Interstate 85 could see a wintry mix potentially changing to snow, the opportunity for accumulations should favor locations near and north of Interstate 20.

Impacts:  Potential for slippery roads near and north of Interstate 20

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Bitterly Cold Temps - Highlights from the National Weather Service in Birmingham

Where:   All of Central Alabama

When:   Monday night through Wednesday night

Threats:   A long-duration cold wave is expected with a hard freeze; wind chill values in the single digits and teens Monday night/Tuesday morning and Tuesday night/Wednesday morning

Impacts:   Exposed, non-insulated pipes will be at risk of bursting; risk of hypothermia for those with prolonged exposure to the cold

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The Townsquare Media Weather Center will continue to monitor this pending weather situation.

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