Cold rain, sleet possible Wednesday

By Dennis Washington

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - If the next five days doesn't make you sick from all of the different types of weather headed our way, then you have a strong immune system or you're living right.

Clouds will increase tonight, helping to keep most of us above 20 degrees. Temperatures will quickly climb above freezing Wednesday as a few scattered, light rain showers will move into northwest Alabama after lunch. Most of the precipitation will be rain, but some sleet could fall in areas north and west of Birmingham, including places such as Vernon, Jasper and Cullman.  No icing is expected, but enough sleet could accumulate in extreme northwest Alabama to cause a few brief travel problems.  No travel problems are expected in Birmingham, nor in locations south and east of Birmingham or south of Interstate 59.

Temperatures will actually INCREASE Wednesday night as a warm front moves into Alabama during the night. The temperature when you go to bed Wednesday night will be around 40, but will be in the low 40s by sunrise Thursday and will climb to the mid 50s by Thursday afternoon.  Rain will become widespread across the northern half of the state Thursday morning, then taper off in the afternoon hours.

A few showers will linger south and east of Birmingham on Friday, but most of us will enjoy a cloudy day with afternoon temperatures in the 50s.

Friday night and Saturday morning, another batch of rain will move across Alabama. Rain will be likely through the morning and early afternoon hours, then will begin to taper off Saturday evening.

Sunday, skies will clear, the wind will be strong and temperatures will drop. The high temperature on Saturday will struggle to reach 40 degrees and we could see temperatures in the teens again on Monday morning.

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