Heavy rain, storms possible New Year’s Eve

First Alert Weather 9pm update 12-28-18

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The ground remains very soggy after all of the rain we’ve received over the past 24 hours, and with a subtle northerly flow this evening, I’m concerned about areas of dense fog. I’m already getting ground truth reports of lowering visibility, so be extra careful if you have plans to travel during the early morning hours. The good news is that dry weather will continue overnight and through a good portion of our Saturday. Showers will be returning Saturday evening with periods of rain continuing into the day on Sunday. We may receive another inch of rain before the weekend wraps up.

MONTHLY RAIN TOTAL NEARING RECORD LEVELS: Many areas received over 5 inches of rain over the past 24 hours and this has caused flooding for several local waterways. Flood warnings are currently in effect for minor flooding along the Black Warrior River at Locust Fork, Bankhead, Holt and Selden lock and Dam. Flood warnings are also in effect for the Tombigbee River at Bevill south to Demopolis and the Cahaba River at Centreville and Suttle. So far Birmingham has measured 9.58 inches of rain for the month. The record rain total for December is 13.39 inches, which was measured in 1961. Based on the current forecast, rain totals may approach the 13-inch mark, or even top that mark before the year ends.

FIRST ALERT FOR RAIN AND STORMS ON NEW YEARS EVE: A strong low pressure system will start to impact our state on Monday, with windy conditions and a big rise in temperatures. Highs may reach 70 degrees in some locations, with scattered showers possible. The chance for heavier rain and storms will arrive Monday night and a strong storm can’t be ruled out. Our soggy setup for New Years Eve will linger into New Years Day, with highs in the 50s. It looks this storm system will deepen over the southeast as a trailing upper level low swings across the state. This will keep us in a very cold and rainy setup for next Wednesday and Thursday. This system should finally exit the state next Friday, with lingering clouds and highs only in the 40s. Given all of the rain that is in the forecast, the flooding issues will continue across our area. If you live in flood prone areas stay weather alert over the coming days! We will pass along lots of updates on our WBRC First Alert Weather App.

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