FIRST ALERT: Rain chances climb Friday

FIRST ALERT: Rain chances climb Friday

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The forecast will remain dry overnight with lows in the mid to upper 40s.

Friday will be mostly cloudy and rain is possible late in the afternoon, especially north of I-20 and west of I-65. Expect highs in the lower to mid-70s.

On Friday evening, we will be tracking a line of heavy rainfall with embedded storms that will approach west Alabama after 7 p.m. The best chance for thunder and perhaps a strong storm looks to set up south of I-20 and west of I-65. The overall severe threat looks fairly low, but be prepared for an isolated wind gust over 60mph - especially west of I-65 during the evening.

Heavy rainfall will be the primary concern. Amounts will range from 1-2" locally on Friday night and into Saturday morning. The heaviest rain exits southeast after 7 a.m. and temperatures fall and winds increase from northwest to southeast. The good news is most of the rain is gone early Saturday with a slow clearing during the afternoon.

Saturday starts in the 60s, drops to the 40s once the front passes by mid-morning and then bounces back to the 50s during the afternoon hours.

A FIRST ALERT for freezing temperatures on Sunday morning.

Monday, rain and storm chances continue to fluctuate. I am bumping up the coverage to 50% but keeping the chance for severe storms along the Gulf Coast.

Tuesday looks colder and then we warm back up again next week.

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