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FIRST ALERT: Cloudy, rainy pattern continues through the weekend, but we could see some big changes next week

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 6:57 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2021 at 8:31 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The unsettled pattern we’re in won’t be going away anytime soon. The remnants of Nicholas, coupled with a very moist/tropical air mass, will make for cloudy and dreary conditions with periods of rainy weather. Temperatures will fall into the lower 70s tonight, with a cloudy sky, and scattered showers. Plan for more clouds and a good chance of occasional showers for tomorrow. There could be a few storms in the mix as temperatures rise into the upper 70s; high temperatures will near 80 degrees. The chance for scattered showers and storms will continue through tomorrow evening, so there will be some wet weather around for the high school football games.

THE WEEKEND: We will have more clouds and rain this weekend. Plan on a good chance of showers for both Saturday and Sunday morning, with the possibility of rain and scattered storms in the afternoon and evening. Highs will continue to top out near 80 degrees, with overnight lows nearing 70 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: I’m finally seeing a good possibility of changes in the long range for later next week. Plan for more showers and storms on Monday and Tuesday. Rain chances will start to decrease on Wednesday, and then drier could take over by Thursday. New global guidance indicates a cold front arriving Wednesday night, with a surge of drier air. If this trend continues we will be talking about the return of sunshine and less humid weather for the end of next week. This would be just in time for the official arrival of the fall season, which is on Wednesday.

THE TROPICS: We continue to monitor two strong tropical disturbances in the Atlantic, with a high chance for development. One of the systems, east of the Carolinas, is expected to continue moving north. Another system is nearing the central Atlantic and lots of uncertainty remains in the long term track. We will need to keep a close eye on this one; however, no impacts are expected through this weekend. We will be passing along lots of updates on the WBRC First Alert Weather App.

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