FIRST ALERT: Rain, cold air, and the possibility of snow showers

FIRST ALERT: Rain, cold air, and the possibility of snow showers

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Heavy rain is expected to arrive by daybreak in west Alabama. 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. New data is suggesting we could see several periods of a rain and snow mix on Wednesday. Keep in mind temperatures will be above average. 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 late week 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 another 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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