Wes: Rain and storms impacting our area this evening

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The axis of heaviest rain and stronger thunderstorms has shifted to our east into Georgia. However, there is another large shield of steady rain impacting West Alabama and this will drift east across our area through late night. A rumble of thunder will be possible but this will mostly be a light rain setup for the rest of the evening. The steadier rain will taper off to scattered showers after midnight.

Rain chances will come to an end by daybreak but the low clouds may be with us through mid to late morning. I do expect some cloud breaks for the afternoon, which will have a big impact on our forecast high for Sunday. I’m expecting a high near 80 degrees. Dry air will take over and set the stage for more sunshine on Monday, with highs back in the mid to upper 80s.

FIRST ALERT FOR MORE RAIN AND STORMS NEXT WEEK: Moisture levels will start to increase again on Tuesday as a southerly flow returns to the state. Most of the day should be dry; however, a few isolated pop-up showers and storms may develop in the afternoon. The chance for scattered storms and showers will continue Tuesday night and during the day Wednesday.

Another cold front will enter the area and likely stall out by the weekend. This will bring another cloudy and unsettled weather setup to close out next week. I’d plan on higher rain chances starting late Thursday and continuing on Friday and Saturday. Periods of rain and storms will be possible and much like today, we could see a low end risk for a strong to severe storm. I will have more specifics on the long range forecast and radar updates starting at 9p.m. on WBRC.

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