Rain chances likely as we head into the weekend

An active weather pattern has established itself across the United States. That will mean you’ll notice more clouds across the region today as a weather system develops and travels along the Gulf Coast before moving off the east. The heaviest rain will likely be in south Alabama with this feature. However, areas of light to moderate rain will overspread the region beginning later this afternoon in west Alabama, and that rain will continue at times overnight into Saturday morning. Model guidance has backed off on the heavy rain across central Alabama, but all of us stand a good chance of seeing several hours of rain. Most areas will see less than one-half inch of rain as the system moves off to the east by Saturday afternoon. Expect daytime highs today to be near 50 degrees. Overnight low temperatures will fall back to the low to mid 40s.

We could see a few breaks in the overcast Saturday afternoon. A few clouds will once again develop on Sunday as another fast moving system moves through late Sunday.  This will bring a few rain showers back into Alabama Sunday evening into Monday around midday.  The greatest chance of rain then will be over eastern counties.  Expect daytime highs to be near 60 degrees Monday afternoon.

Then all eyes will be on a quick moving cold front which promises to bring some cold temperatures to the area just in time for the holiday.  A cold front will pass through with areas of rain and some thunderstorms Tuesday.  With some lingering moisture early Wednesday morning – which is Christmas Eve – a few snow flurries are possible in northern counties, but this will NOT be a big deal.  Expect a blustery day Wednesday with daytime highs only in the low to mid 40s. Right now, Christmas day is looking dry and cool.

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