Wes: Rain and storms later this week, Arctic blast to impact the region Sunday

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The latest infrared satellite imagery still shows a blanket of stratus clouds covering most of the state tonight. So a mostly cloudy sky will continue to be the story through midnight and the early morning hours. I’m still expecting some cloud breaks, with lows ranging from mid 20s to 30s.

I do expect some clearing for our Tuesday with sunshine returning by the afternoon. After a cold start, temperatures will make a nice rebound with highs nearing 50º. We will have a light freeze tomorrow night followed by a sunny Wednesday, with highs in the 50s. Tuesday and Wednesday will be the two best days of the week!

RAIN RETURNS ON THURSDAY: Showers will return on Thursday and it looks like the rain could begin as early as 8 a.m. to the west. The forecast data has trended earlier with respect to time of arrival. The atmosphere will be transitioning from a cold and dry setup to a moist and milder setup by the weekend. This will keep our sky cloudy with showers possible throughout Thursday and Thursday night. A shower or two can’t be ruled out on Friday. However, I do expect some breaks in the wet weather, with highs nearing 60º.

FIRST ALERT FOR RAIN AND STORMS ON SATURDAY, THEN A BLAST OF FRIGID AIR: Warmer/moist air will continue to build in through Saturday as a powerful cold front moves our way. This front will bring a round of heavier rain and thunderstorms between lunchtime and midnight on Saturday. A strong storm can’t be ruled out, especially to the south Saturday evening. As the heavy rain slides east, a surge of very cold air will blast into the region on Sunday. Temperatures will fall throughout the day and we could see a few snow flurries before the clouds move out. Some of the coldest air of the season can be expected Sunday night due to an arctic blast, with lows in the teens and possible wind chills nearing the single digit range! So if you plan on viewing the Lunar Eclipse Sunday night, plan on some frigid weather. I’m hopeful we will see some clearing as the Eclipse begins Sunday night. We will pass along lots of updates on our WBRC First Alert Weather App. You can download our App for FREE by searching WBRC in your App Store.

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