FIRST ALERT: Cold rain Saturday, possible wintry mix Saturday night

Severe weather threat next week
Published: Feb. 9, 2023 at 5:48 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2023 at 10:20 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Occasional showers will continue to impact far southeast areas tonight, so plan for the possibility of wet roads in places like Clanton, Rockford, and Ashland. Most of our area will remain dry through Friday, with lows in the 40s and highs in the 50s. The best chance for rain on Friday will remain to the far south and east. Rain chances will start to increase across our area late Friday night.

FIRST ALERT FOR RAIN/POSSIBLE WINTRY MIX THIS WEEKEND: A cold core upper low will slowly spin across the state this weekend, generating cold, rainy, and dreary conditions. Some of the biggest impacts happen Saturday afternoon and night. We will have a cloudy sky throughout Saturday, with lighter rain increasing in intensity later in the day and overnight. Even if we catch some breaks in the more moderate wet weather, these setups often bring very misty/drizzly conditions. Temperatures will remain in the 40s throughout Saturday.

These systems can cool the atmosphere and sometimes produce snowy scenarios across our region. In this situation, it looks like we could see a transition to a mix start to happen late Saturday night and into Sunday morning, mainly north and east. In fact, we could see a burst of all snow in the highest elevations to the northeast. The surface temperatures will be above freezing, so the ground/roads will remain wet, although the highest elevations will need to be monitored. The average low for Sunday morning will be near 36º. I would plan for some possible wet weather impacts for the Mercedes Marathon, although we should see the system lifting out of the region Sunday morning. The rest of the day looks good for Sunday, if you have a Super Bowl party to attend.

STORMS NEXT WEEK: We see the warmer weather and severe weather ingredients returning around the middle of next week. We could see some showers Tuesday, but I’m not expecting severe weather for those dinner plans on Valentines Day. We will need to keep a close watch on Wednesday night and into Thursday for a risk of severe weather. We will have lots of updates throughout the morning on Good Day Alabama.

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