FIRST ALERT: Cold rain this weekend, higher temps by Christmas Day

First Alert Weather 9p 12-18-19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Temperatures have tumbled into the 30s in many areas and the sky remains mostly clear. Plan on lows in the 20s with areas of frost for Thursday morning.

We will enjoy another sunny day for Thursday, but it’s going to remain chilly with highs in the 50s. The dry weather will continue through Friday, but we will have more clouds entering the mix by the weekend. Daytime temperatures will remain in the chilly 50s with lows near 30º.

FIRST ALERT FOR RAIN THIS WEEKEND: A low pressure system will track across the Gulf of Mexico this weekend and spread lots of rain north into our state. The new model data is trending further north with this system, which would suggest an increasing coverage of rain for areas along and south of the I-20 corridor by Saturday afternoon. The chance of rain will spread further north Saturday night and into the day on Sunday. This will make for a very chilly and dreary setup throughout the weekend, with highs struggling to reach the middle 50s. As far as the weekend Christmas parades, rain chances will be higher for the parade in Chelsea with a lower rain chance for Saturday afternoon at Rock Run in Cherokee County.

FORECAST FOR CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY: Dry weather will be returning on Monday with showers ending during the early morning hours. The good news is we will have sunshine returning on Christmas Eve with dry weather also expected for Christmas Day. Temperatures will be making a nice rebound with the possibility of highs in the upper 60s by the middle of next week.

The next big rainmaker will start to impact the state around the December 27 timeframe. Be sure to check the WBRC First Alert Weather app for updates.

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