FIRST ALERT: Major changes bring rain then cold air to Alabama

FIRST ALERT: Major changes bring rain then cold air to Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Clouds are hanging tough across the area this evening. Of course, this kept the temperatures much cooler than expected with highs only in the 50s. We will continue to see cloudy skies Monday evening with the possibility of some rain moving into the area after midnight. Expect overnight lows around 57.

Tuesday will be a soaker with periods of heavy rain expected throughout the day. The rain is developing ahead of a very strong cold front. It is possible to see some occasional gusty winds over 30mph related to the front. It will be a good idea to make sure any outdoor Christmas decorations are secure. Expect rainfall amounts over one inch in places. Rain will continue through Tuesday evening shifting mainly to east Alabama. The cold air will begin moving into the area behind the front. Expect overnight lows in the upper 30s.

Colder air will move into the area on Wednesday with a few glimpses of sunshine during the afternoon. Highs will reach the upper 40s. Expect the clouds to linger through Thursday with overnight lows around freezing. A few spots may dip into the upper 20s. Friday will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 40s.

What about the snow threat? The threat will remain very limited, but it is possible we could see a few flurries or brief snow showers late Friday night into Saturday as as result of a fast-moving cold front. These systems are usually very moisture starved, but it is worth mentioning just in case you see some white stuff floating around. The good news is the ground temperatures are much too warm for anything to stick around.

Saturday and Sunday should be mostly sunny with highs in the mid to 40s. Even colder air is likely in the forecast Saturday night with lows in the mid 40s.

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