BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Temperatures have been closer to record highs (76) than normal highs (60) on Wednesday. Moisture is increasing across the state as our next system approaches. A deck of clouds continues to move in from the southwest with clearer skies northwest and southeast on this mild afternoon.
Tonight, moisture continues to increase and eventually showers will form and impact the state, mainly after 3 a.m. Scattered showers are likely by daybreak and will create wet travel conditions for some in the morning. Showers, scattered in nature, will continue through the early afternoon hours on Thursday. The coverage of rain during the late afternoon will be greatest to the east and taper off by evening. Temperatures will still be mild and highs in the middle 60s.
It is still looking dry for Lighting of the Way at Sanford and for folks heading out to the UAB basketball game.
Low clouds to start on Friday and then decreasing clouds during the day and just a bit cooler. The weather looks dry for the Cullman Christmas Parade, which the Storm Tracker will be at, and all other parades look good too with temperatures in the 50s. Lower 50s will be more common up north.
The weather will be nice for Christmas parades on Saturday too and milder, temperatures will be in the 60s again.
The weekend looks great overall and just a little cooler in the morning hours. Nice weather for those traveling east to the SEC Championship game.
Next week, a strong cold front originating out of Canada will cause a large area of rain and storms to develop and impact Alabama on Tuesday into Wednesday. The timing has fluctuated a bit and might still, but overall it looks like around the Tuesday and Wednesday time frame we will see rain and then very cold temperatures after that.
The weather pattern changes next week and this could set the stage for colder spells. It's too early to know if any precipitation will combine with freezing air to produce any wintery precipitation. We will be the first to alert you if something changes.