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FIRST ALERT: Heavy downpours for Sunday night

First Alert Weather 9 PM Update: 11-21-21
Published: Nov. 21, 2021 at 6:21 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2021 at 10:12 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - THE NEXT 24 HOURS: A line of heavy rain and thunderstorms will move south and eastward across Alabama tonight. Though we don’t have any concerns for severe weather, we do have a First Alert for some lightning, heavy rain, and gusty winds embedded within the incoming line of storms. Many of us could see a good half of an inch of rain with this system. If you had plans to hit the road for Thanksgiving tonight or tomorrow but prefer not to drive in the rain, we should be able to sound the all clear by tomorrow morning. Despite the rain coming to an end, winds will pick up as the front comes through and coupled with the colder air filtering in, temperatures won’t get much warmer than 60 tomorrow afternoon with wind chills staying in the 50s if not 40s in some spots. But at least some sunshine will gradually return throughout the day!

NEXT BIG THING: Though we’ve already had some winter-like blasts of cold air this season, Tuesday morning has the potential to be the coldest morning of the fall season yet with Our Next Big Thing being temperatures falling into the upper 20s and low 30s -- a trend that could stick around for Wednesday morning too. So, we have a First Alert for freezing temperatures possible for Tuesday and Wednesday. Despite the chilly starts to the morning, we will see temperatures rebound into the 50s each afternoon under plenty of sunshine and staying dry. Nevertheless, if you’re headed out of town for Thanksgiving, make sure you tend to the 4 P’s (Pets, Plants, Pipes, People) to account for the cold, winter-like mornings over the holiday week.

TURKEY EATIN’ & SHOPPING FORECAST: Heading into Thanksgiving, another low pressure system will approach the Southeast, bringing a chance of rain back to the forecast by Thursday evening. Prior to any wet weather returning, expect partly sunny skies for Thanksgiving with lows near 40 and highs rising into the low to mid 60s. Most of the daylight hours should be dry at least, but some showers could move in by Thanksgiving night and possibly linger into the morning hours on Black Friday. We don’t expect much rain with this system at this time, but plan on having the rain gear in tow if you’re hitting any doorbuster sales after Thanksgiving dinner. Once rain clears out by Friday afternoon, temperatures will drop again, and we embark on another stretch of below average temperatures for the remainder of the week. For now, we have a First Alert for frost or freeze potential next weekend with temperatures only climbing into the 50s during the afternoon under a mix of sun and clouds. So, possibly a chilly end to November!

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