FIRST ALERT: Showers and storms possible Friday night, Saturday

FIRST ALERT: Showers and storms possible Friday night, Saturday

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The weather pattern across our region remains unsettled compared to the setup earlier in the week. An unseasonably warm air mass has returned and disturbances in the flow pattern are producing scattered areas of rain and thunderstorms.

One of these waves of showers and storms is currently impacting the northern part of the state and some of this wet weather will track southward and eastward bringing a chance of rain and storms to our area Friday night.

Some of the higher resolution forecast data suggests an organized wave of rain and storms could materialize and impact the western part of the state by sunrise. Depending on how well this holds together, we could be in for a rainy start to the day.

I'm still expecting some very warm weather for November, with highs nearing 80°. It won't rain steadily all day Saturday, but I certainly wouldn't leave the house without grabbing the umbrella. I would plan on the possibility of some wet weather at the tailgate, especially before lunchtime tomorrow. The chance for rain will decrease late tomorrow and especially tomorrow night, so while I can't promise rain free weather for the UAB game, I think we will be in fine shape for the LSU and Alabama Game.

THE REST OF THE WEEKEND: We will start to see some changes by early Sunday as high pressure to our southwest influences the setup over Alabama. This will bring an end to the chance of rain for the time being with more sunshine breaking through the clouds. We will still be talking short-sleeve weather for Sunday as highs soar to near 80°. It's going to be a perfect day for being outdoors and a perfect day for packing up those Halloween lawn decorations, if you haven't done so already.

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK: One of the big weather stories next week will be a cold front that will bring more seasonal temperatures to our state. Monday looks mostly sunny and very warm. Tuesday also looks to be another 80° day, but the cold front should roll in Tuesday night bringing with it a chance for storms and showers. We could have a strong storm in the mix, but the severe risk remains low at this point.

You will need the long sleeves again on Wednesday as the colder air arrives however moisture will continue to overrun the state. Therefore, I'm expecting lingering clouds and some post-frontal precipitation. This will create a setup for a cold-rain during the Wednesday/Thursday time frame. Drier air should finally clear things out a bit by next Friday and that should leave us with some nice weather for next weekend.

We will have plenty more specifics regarding the rain chances for tonight and the timing of the wet weather next week in our First Alert Forecast beginning at 4 p.m.

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