FIRST ALERT: Showers around for Thanksgiving dinner

Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 5:57 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2021 at 9:51 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Clouds will continue to filter in Wednesday night as moisture gradually increases ahead of our Next Big Thing, a cold front in route for Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

If you are doing any traveling across Alabama tomorrow morning, good news is rain won’t arrive until after lunchtime. In the meantime, temperatures won’t be as chilly tonight with lows only falling into the upper 30s and low 40s.

THANKSGIVING: Southerly winds will help keep us mild through tomorrow afternoon with highs back in the low to mid 60s, but the brief warm-up will of course be short-lived. After lunchtime tomorrow, showers will move into northwest Alabama by 1-2 p.m. and push south and east into central Alabama around 4-5 p.m. As for east Alabama, rain will be knocking on your doorstep closer to dinnertime tomorrow night. If your family has plans to head to the Turkey Day Classic in Montgomery, weather should be dry for both the parade and the game. So, you can probably get away without packing the rain gear. We do not expect a washout with the incoming system, mainly just light rainfall at times and accumulation only around a 1/3rd of an inch. Just make sure you check the WBRC First Alert Weather app before heading outside if you need to walk off the post-meal bloat!

BLACK FRIDAY: Showers will linger overnight before clearing out before sunrise on Black Friday. Though the rain will come to an end, a potent blast of winter-like air will filter in behind the cold front, dropping temperatures back into the 30s by Friday morning. We have a First Alert for wind chills in the 20s for much of Friday morning, so dress warmly and wear layers if you’re scouting out any doorbuster deals! Highs will struggle to get above 50 during the afternoon hours, and brisk, blustery conditions will stick around for then, too. If you’re headed to the UAB game at Protective Stadium on Friday, have the winter accessories in tow: scarf, hat, gloves-- y’all know the drill.

IRON BOWL WEEKEND: Before you go to bed Friday night, make sure to cover up your plants and keep the pets warm again. We have a First Alert for another freeze by Saturday morning with temperatures falling into the upper 20s and low 30s. We expect a mix of sun and clouds over the weekend with temperatures staying slightly below average for late November. If you’re headed to the Plains for the Iron Bowl, the weather will be dry in Auburn with highs near 60. So, bundle up for any tailgating, but wear layers at least! For now, we are forecasting a dry Sunday with lows near 40 and highs in the upper 50s; however, the one fly in the ointment is one of our weather models has been hinting at a chance of rain across Alabama on Sunday. We are not sold on this possibility just yet, but we’ll keep an eye on it and be sure to First Alert you to any changes in the forecast! Whether you intend to knock-out some Christmas shopping or decorating this weekend, we don’t expect major issues weatherwise at this time -- other than it being chilly.

LOOKING AHEAD: As we wrap up November and dive headfirst into December, a warming trend will be taking over. Though Monday morning could start off with some near freezing conditions again, the coming mornings do not look as cold with 40s back in the forecast by Wednesday. Highs will also climb comfortably back into the 60s by Tuesday. We are also happy to report we don’t see any signs of stormy weather next week -- always a blessing when we enter our winter severe weather season. We’ll embrace the quiet pattern while it lasts!


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