BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - THE NEXT 24 HOURS: A storm system will be crossing the state on Sunday and bringing lots of rain, with the possibility of a few embedded storms. For the remainder of the night, the sky will be cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s and low 50s. The rain will increase in coverage from southwest to northeast by mid to late morning on Sunday, and this rain will continue throughout the afternoon and evening.
This will be an energetic storm system and I can’t rule out a strong storm over our southern counties. However, the more unstable air will remain south of our area. Therefore, the risk for severe weather is low. That said, you may hear some rumbles of thunder, especially Sunday evening as the cold front associated with the system crosses the state.
The wind direction will become northwest Sunday night and temperatures will steadily fall throughout the night, and also during the day on Monday. Scattered showers will be possible Sunday night and into the day on Monday.
SNOW ON MONDAY? Monday will be one of those tricky temperature days, where the high actually occurs early on. By Monday night, some locations will be nearing the freezing mark. During that time, any lingering showers could start to mix with snow, or briefly change to snow. These snow showers or flurries would be more likely further east. However, as with most of these setups, most of the moisture will start to move out as the changeover happens. So for now, no major accumulations are expected. The big story will be the cold air, with wind chills in the teens, and lows in the mid 20s for Tuesday morning. Now is the time to take the cold weather precautions. Sunshine will return on Tuesday, but it’s going to be another frigid day, with highs the 40s. Plan for more subfreezing temperatures for Tuesday night.
FIRST ALERT FOR RAIN LATE WEEK: The temperatures will start to rebound slightly by the middle of next week, with highs in the 50s on Wednesday. Another low pressure system will track south of our area on Thursday and this will bring a chance for showers Thursday, Thursday night, and into the day on Friday. This will be a chilly rain event, with highs in the 50s, and lows in the 40s. Global data shows more wrap-around shower activity with this system, which may also mix with a little snow next weekend. This doesn’t look like anything significant, but it is another indication that winter is upon us. I’ll be in tonight to time it all out for you on WBRC Fox6 News. We will also pass along updates on the WBRC First Alert Weather App.