FIRST ALERT: Possibility of rain and storms through the early morning hours

First Alert Weather 10p 10-23-20

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - We’ve had some big lightning producers impacting Marion, Lamar, and Franklin counties Friday night. You can actually see the tall storms from Red Mountain in Birmingham.

The forecast remains on track with rain chances expected to increase later tonight. A broken line of showers and storms is lining up from southwest to northeast and this activity will be impacting the area from west to east overnight. So you may hear some loud rumbles of thunder past midnight. No organized severe weather is expected but we could have some heavier pockets of rain, with gusty winds.

THE WEEKEND: The core of the colder air won’t quite make it to our area, but you will notice highs backing off slightly for Saturday. Highs will be in the mid to upper 70s in most locations on Saturday and Sunday, with lows near 60º. The sky may be mostly cloudy at times on Saturday with a better mix of sunshine for Sunday. The higher rain chances for Saturday will arrive prior to sunrise, although some showers may try to redevelop in the afternoon over far eastern locations. We will also have a small chance for a few afternoon showers on Sunday.

FIRST ALERT FOR MORE TROPICAL TROUBLE: There is good chance (70%) a new tropical system is forming near the southern Gulf of Mexico. The next name on the list is Zeta and the cloud pattern looks to be better organized tonight. An upper level trough will be shifting east across the country next week and there is a chance it could pull this system northeast towards the Gulf coast by Wednesday or Thursday. We will start the week with unseasonable warmth and a small chance for a few afternoon pop-ups. However, confidence is increasing in the possibility of rainy weather during the Wednesday and Thursday timeframe, followed by a return of fall weather for Halloween weekend.

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