FIRST ALERT: Cold start to Friday Morning, rain this weekend

Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 5:34 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2023 at 9:08 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - After a nice dose of breezy, Thursday sunshine, temperatures tonight are beginning to fall under a mostly clear sky. Breezy conditions will stick around overnight with winds NW at 10-15 MPH. We could see some areas of patchy frost in some of our cooler spots by tomorrow morning, but most of us will just have a dry and brisk start to Friday with temperatures ranging from the mid 30s to low 40s. If you enjoyed the welcome dose of Vitamin D on Thursday, we have more in store for Friday with just some passing clouds. Highs will stay seasonable in the mid 50s with NW winds at 5-10 MPH. Most of Friday will be dry, but some light rain showers may be able to lift south of I-20 by Friday evening. So, don’t be surprised if you see at least some sprinkles south of Birmingham tomorrow night. Otherwise, the main batch of rain holds off until Saturday night. Winds will also begin to die down with temperatures falling into the mid to upper 30s for Saturday morning.

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NEXT BIG THING: A developing rainmaker along the Gulf Coast will lift northward toward Alabama Saturday night, bringing a chance of showers south of I-20 late Saturday afternoon. Most of the daylight hours on Saturday will be dry if you want to get out and enjoy your weekend with highs in the mid 50s; however, rain will spread northward into our area Saturday night. Great sleeping weather, but if you have any Saturday evening plans, make sure you have the rain gear in tow. Some lingering showers will stick around for Sunday morning with coverage gradually tapering off into the afternoon. Lows will bottom out in the 40s with highs back in the 50s as clouds stick around all day long. A good inch or so of rain will be possible with this system, adding on to our already higher than average January rainfall totals thus far.

Though we get a brief reprieve from the dreary weather on Monday, another system will head our way Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, potentially bringing an additional 1-2 inches of rainfall to central Alabama. For Monday, expect a mix of sun and clouds with lows near 40 and highs in the low 50s. Though we will still fine-tune the timing in the days ahead, right now rain looks to arrive during the afternoon and evening hours on Tuesday and possibly linger into Wednesday morning. Fortunately, we don’t see any concerns for severe weather with this system, as instability will be lacking. Nevertheless, we will keep an eye out for any localized flooding concerns. Temperatures should stay seasonable for late January with lows near 40 and highs in the 50s. But next Thursday is thus far trending drier and cooler with lows near freezing and highs only in the 40s under a partly cloudy sky.

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