Periods of rain through Wednesday night, during day on Thursday

First Alert Weather 9pm update 1-2-19

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A large shield of rain stretches from south Texas all the way to the Nations Capital this evening. The storm system responsible for this rain will continue to organize and impact our area overnight and into the day tomorrow. River flooding is underway in parts of our area and there is a good chance we could pick-up an additional 2-3 inches of rain by Friday. Stay weather aware for additional flood alerts on the weather app. The National Weather Service is considering a flash flood watch for parts of our area on Thursday. In the short term, plan on wet roads and low visibility tonight, with periods of rain, low clouds, and fog. It’s also going to remain quite chilly, with temperatures in the 40s. We will remain in the cooler sector of this storm system through tomorrow, so there is no concern for any organized severe storm threat.

A trailing upper level low will rotate across the state Thursday night and into the day on Friday. This will keep our sky cloudy, with scattered showers and drizzle. The rain will be much lighter by Friday morning; however, it’s going to remain very damp and dreary through a good portion of the day. The light mist and drizzle will exit the state late Friday night.

IMPROVING WEATHER FOR THE WEEKEND: The good news is sunshine will make a welcome return on Saturday with highs in the 50s. Lows at night will tumble into the mid to upper 30s with most areas remaining well above freezing. I’m expecting more sunshine for Sunday with highs reaching the low 60s. We will start next week on a dry note with a good supply of sunshine through lunchtime. More clouds will enter the region by Monday evening as another cold front starts to impact the state. This system will bring wet weather late Monday night and this rain should exit early on Tuesday.

If you are attending the National Championship Game in Santa Clara, CA plan on highs in the 60s with lows in the 40s. Monday looks dry but there will a chance of showers on Tuesday.

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