Chance of freezing rain Sunday night before warmer temps arrive

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Alabama's prolonged cold snap is reaching its end. Overnight, the skies will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 17 and a south wind of 6-8 miles per hour.

Here are Saturday's forecast highs.

That's the real-world implications of a National Weather Service wind chill advisory, which will be in effect until 8 a.m. Sunday.

As temperatures continue to warm overnight, the wintry mix may transition to more freezing rain, especially if ground temperatures are still at or below freezing.

But don't celebrate yet - this heat wave may also come with an inch of snow and up to a tenth of an inch of ice, according to a National Weather Service alert issued Saturday.

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Highs are expected to be in the 30s on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, he said, and the mid-40s on Thursday.

There may be patchy fog after 10 a.m., the weather service said. Freezing rain could impact travel conditions, so check the condition of roads before departing Monday morning.

Temperatures aren't expected to drop following the rain on Sunday and Monday.

The National Weather Service has forecast a 60 percent chance of rain or freezing rain Monday after 1 a.m. and continuing into rain later in the day.

High temperatures will rise each day next week, with highs reaching the mid-60s almost statewide by Thursday and 70s forecast for south Alabama. Scattered showers are possible Thursday with highs in the upper 50s.

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