FIRST ALERT: Rain chances continue through Wednesday, cold air returns next week

First Alert Weather 9p 1-14-20

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Most of the rain has been limited to southern areas this evening, but the chance for rain will continue across the entire area overnight. Rain amounts have topped two inches in some locations and the National Weather Service will continue the Flash Flood Watch for western counties through midnight.

A front remains stalled over the state and this will keep us in a cloudy and unseasonably mild setup through the overnight. Plan on damp conditions, wet roads, and possible reduced visibility because of fog. I would certainly factor in some extra drive time for the morning drive.

RAIN POSSIBLE TOMORROW/DRY FOR THURSDAY: We will remain in a muggy, damp, and unseasonably mild air mass through Wednesday and there will be a chance for showers and possibly a passing thunderstorm. However, a stronger surge of dry air will push the stalled front and axis of rain well south of our area by Thursday. Therefore, we will enjoy a nice break in the wet weather on Thursday with lingering clouds and highs in the 60s. It’s going to feel very chilly Thursday night with clouds and lows in the 40s.

THE WEEKEND: Our Friday will start off dry, but clouds will be increasing with a chance of showers late. This will be associated with the next system that will bring a round of steadier rain on Saturday. It’s possible we could see a few storms in the mix, however no severe weather is expected. There will be some localized flooding concerns and we will also likely see more river flooding following the rainy pattern this week.

FIRST ALERT FOR COLDER AIR: January will finally return on Sunday, with a more seasonal setup through early next week. Expect temperatures closer to the average for this time of year with lows at night near freezing. We will experience much drier weather with sunshine for Sunday and the MLK holiday.

Global models are indicating low temperatures could tumble into the teens in some areas next Tuesday morning. We will keep you posted with frequent updates on the WBRC First Alert Weather app!

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