FIRST ALERT: Rain increasing late on Thanksgiving, storms possible Saturday

Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 5:46 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2022 at 10:02 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Plan for a chilly start to Thanksgiving with clouds and a rapid warm-up into the 60s by early afternoon. High temperatures will reach 70° in many areas.

We are tracking the next rainmaker, but this system won’t reach West Alabama until the evening. The good news is we will have a nice period of warm/dry weather to enjoy before the rain arrives. A soaking rain will set in overnight and continue into the day on Friday.

BLACK FRIDAY: If you plan on shopping early on Friday, be sure to factor in some extra driving time. The latest guidance suggests we could enjoy some nice breaks in the afternoon and evening. If you plan on attending a high school playoff game, I would take the rain gear. However, note guidance is showing most games will be dry. There could be some patchy dense fog late Friday night.

IRON BOWL SATURDAY: The final round of rain and storms will impact the area from west to east late on Saturday. The rain could reach West Alabama by 5 or 6 p.m. and there could be impacts for the Iron Bowl. I would pack the rain gear and be weather alert because there may be a few storms. The risk for a strong storm will be on the low end of the scale, but non-zero. The rain and storms won’t exit eastern areas until after midnight, but this will exit very early on Sunday, with big improvements during the day. I’m seeing a very active pattern ahead and we will need to stay weather aware as we monitor another system that may bring a round of strong to severe storms on Wednesday.

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