FIRST ALERT: Stormy weather returns Tuesday night

Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 5:40 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2023 at 8:50 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - After a welcome dose of sunshine for Monday, temperatures are falling quickly this evening under a mostly clear sky with light winds in place. We have a First Alert for a frosty and freezing start on Tuesday morning with temperatures ranging from the mid 20s to low 30s. Make sure you bundle up when walking out the door tomorrow morning! More chilly sunshine will greet us for the start of the day, and we should stay dry through at least mid-afternoon. Cloud cover will likely increase Tuesday afternoon though as our next storm system develops to our west. We will likely end up partly sunny by the end of Tuesday afternoon with highs in the mid 50s. Winds are forecast to come from the east at 5-10 mph. By Tuesday evening, winds will likely increase from the southeast at 15-25 mph. A Wind Advisory is in effect from 9 p.m. CST Tuesday night to 3 p.m. CST Wednesday afternoon. Gusts up to 40 MPH will be possible, even outside of any rain or storms around. We could see scattered showers roll into west Alabama after 4 p.m. By 6-7 p.m., showers will become more likely in west Alabama.

WBRC weather, 11/23/23
WBRC weather, 11/23/23(WBRC)

Next Big Thing: The big story over the next 48 hours is the arrival of a cold front for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The Storm Prediction Center is highlighting a marginal risk-threat level 1 out of 5 - has been issued for areas along and south of I-20. It includes the cities of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Columbiana, Talladega, and Clanton. Our threat is the lowest on the scale. Our biggest concern will be rain and wind. An area of low pressure is forecast to develop along the Gulf Coast and strengthen as it moves to the northeast. This system has a lot of wind energy associated with it, but it lacks instability. The areas that have the best chance to see some unstable air will likely remain along the Gulf Coast where the enhanced risk has been issued. Areas to our south have the greatest chance to see damaging winds, tornadoes, and large hail. A few tornadoes that form along the Gulf Coast could become strong (EF-2 or greater). The main risk for us across Central Alabama will be heavy rain and gusty winds. Models hint that our best chance to see heavy rain and strong winds will likely occur between 10 PM Tuesday and 7 AM Wednesday. We could see gusts up to 40-50 mph, so I would highly recommend securing outdoor furniture before the rain and wind moves in Tuesday night. I would also recommend receiving ways to receive warnings just in case they are issued. I would recommend downloading our WBRC First Alert Weather App. You should also have a NOAA Weather Radio turned on with fresh batteries. It will alert you with a loud noise if a warning is issued where you live. We will likely see rainfall totals around 0.75″-1.25″.

WBRC weather, 11/23/23
WBRC weather, 11/23/23(WBRC)

Drying Out Wednesday: We could see a few lingering showers early Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower 50s. The rain should move out of Central Alabama by the mid-morning hours leaving us mostly cloudy and breezy. Winds will likely come from the northwest Wednesday afternoon at 10-20 mph with gusts up to 25-30 mph. We will likely remain mostly cloudy Wednesday with temperatures slowly dropping throughout the day into the 40s. The combination of dropping temperatures and windy conditions could make it feel several degrees colder.

Dry Finish to the Week: We are looking at dry and cool weather as we finish out the work week. We will likely start Thursday morning off in the mid 30s. We should end up partly sunny and cool Thursday afternoon with highs in the mid to upper 40s -- the lingering clouds will certainly make for a chilly day. Friday morning could end up colder with temperatures in the upper 20s. Friday afternoon will likely remain dry with some filtered sunshine and highs approaching 50°F.

Weekend Forecast: It looks like we have another split weekend coming up. Saturday is shaping up to be dry, but rain will likely return Sunday. Saturday morning is forecast to start out in the low to mid 30s with highs in the mid to upper 50s. Cloud cover will likely increase Saturday afternoon, so I would plan for a mostly cloudy sky. Rain chances return Sunday with cloudy conditions. We will likely start Sunday morning in the low to mid 40s with an isolated shower possible. Scattered showers will be possible Sunday afternoon with highs in the low to mid 50s. Rain chance Sunday is at 60%. We look briefly drier again by next Monday but could wrap up January with another rainmaker by next Tuesday.

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