BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - THE NEXT 24 HOURS: The clear sky this evening has allowed temperatures to quickly tumble into the middle 30s in some locations. More clouds are expected to arrive overnight, so this should slow the cooling process. That said, I would plan on the possibility of low temperatures ranging from 28º to 32º Sunday morning. A few snow flurries could materialize over far north Alabama. Otherwise, no other precipitation is expected tonight or tomorrow.
Sunday will start off cloudy, but I’m expecting cloud breaks in the afternoon. Highs will range from upper 40s north to low 50s further south. I do want to give you the first alert for very breezy conditions on Sunday. It’s possible we could see a few wind gusts topping 20 mph. This will make for another chilly day, despite some afternoon sunshine.
DRY FOR MONDAY: The M.L.King Holiday will feature a bright-sunny sky. After a cold start, with temperatures near 30º, afternoon temperatures will surge into the low 50s. The sky will remain clear through Monday night, with lows near or just above freezing.
FIRST ALERT FOR MILDER AIR AND RAIN LATE NEXT WEEK: The flow pattern will be changing by the middle of next week and this will bring a nice rebound in temperatures. A front will drop into the region and stall late Tuesday. This will bring an increase in clouds by Tuesday evening, with a small chance for a shower to the north Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Highs will reach the middle to upper 50s on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The next big chance for widespread rain arrives on Thursday. A low pressure system will move across the state Thursday night and into the day on Friday. This will bring a period of steady rain to the state. Global data shows this beginning by 7 p.m. on Thursday and continuing through Friday morning. This system should exit the state by Friday evening, with dry weather for next Saturday. However, we’re seeing indications of another rainmaker impacting the state starting next Sunday and lingering into the 25th.
WIND DIRECTION FORECAST: The wind direction will be out of the west on Sunday and Monday, south-southwest on Tuesday, northwest on Wednesday, southwest on Thursday, and shifting from southwest to northwest during the day on Friday.
I’ll have updates on the timing for the next big rainmaker in First Alert Weather, starting at 9 p.m. on WBRC Fox6. We will also be streaming LIVE on the WBRC First Alert Weather App.