BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – Good morning and Happy Friday! First Alert AccuTrack Satellite and Radar shows clouds moving over Central Alabama. Radar is actually showing some patchy light rain for areas north of I-20. Some of that rain may not make it to the ground as it stays fairly dry, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself using your wipers in parts of Marion, Winston, Walker, Fayette, Cullman, Blount, Jefferson, St Clair, Etowah and Counties Cherokee. Temperatures are cool this morning, but not as cold as yesterday. Most of us are in our 40’s with a few spots in our upper 30’s. If you factor in a light 5 mph wind, it feels a few degrees cooler. We’re assuming a 20 percent chance of a few showers today. The first batch of light rain/splash occurs this morning, with another round of scattered showers possible late tonight across northwest Alabama. We will likely see mostly to partly cloudy skies this afternoon. With south east winds of 10-15mph, temperatures this afternoon will be slightly above average with highs in the low to mid 60’s. You can probably hang up holiday decorations or do gardening today without rain. Temperatures this evening are likely to cool to the mid to high 50s by 7pm with mostly cloudy skies.
Rain Likely Saturday Morning: We would like to give everyone a first warning of a rainy Saturday morning. Rain is likely to move to northwest Alabama late into the night after midnight, moving southeast over time. We have a 60-70% chance of rain Saturday morning with temperatures in the mid 50’s and up. Most of the rain should be moving out of Central Alabama by Saturday afternoon and evening. We’ll end up mostly cloudy tomorrow with highs in the mid 60’s. Winds are west-northwest at 5-10 mph.
Mostly Dry Sunday: The latest models now show a mostly dry Sunday for Central Alabama! We will continue to see west-east currents giving us mostly cloudy conditions on Sunday afternoon. We’ll likely be trending a bit cooler on Sunday morning with temperatures in the low 40’s. Some spots in northern Alabama could fall into the upper 30’s. Sunday’s highs will be cooler with temperatures in the upper 50s. We’re sticking with a 20% chance for a few scattered showers, but any rain that does fall will remain light. I wouldn’t cancel outdoor activities as it seems like most of us end up dry.
Rain Returns Monday: The next week looks choppy, with several opportunities to see showers in the Southeast. Monday looks like a wet day in Central Alabama as another system invades from the west. We will be introducing a 60% chance of rain with highs in the upper 50’s. Rain is likely to increase in the afternoon and evening hours. I think the rain will move north as a warm front on Monday evening. It will allow us a big warm-up until the middle of next week.
Warmer temperatures next week: High temperatures will be 10-12 degrees above average from next Wednesday and will continue into the following weekend. We will likely see high temperatures stretch into the low 70s, with morning lows in the high 50s and low 60s. Our average high/low for early December is 60°F/40°F. We’ll be sticking with widespread showers next Wednesday through Friday, but I’m not seeing any signs of washout. We could see a cold front in our area next Saturday, but it’s too early to tell when we’ll see rain and how cool it will be. Rainfall totals over the next 5-7 days show that most of us are getting half an inch of precipitation, with higher totals in northern Alabama where some spots have seen 1-2 inches. We need the rain so this is definitely good news.
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Have a safe and wonderful weekend!
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