Through the morning hours, we saw a mainly dry Saturday, but around noon, a few light showers started moving into West Alabama and these continue to spread east through the state. The rain is very light and will be more of a nuisance the next few hours. It, for the most part is a mild and cloudy day, with most locations along the Interstate 20 corridor into the 60s. Looking west, there is a lot of rain back in Texas and Louisiana associated with an area of low pressure, and it is heading our direction
All the rain to the west will arrive overnight, and will continue through Sunday and it looks like a very wet day with rain likely most of the day and into Sunday night. The air will be cool and stable, so there is no risk of severe weather, and you probably won’t hear much thunder. Rain amounts of 1 to 2 inches are likely. You will definitely need the rain gear tomorrow. The good news from all the rain, it will help wash away a lot of the pollen that is covering everything right now.
After a rather week of weather, we are finally seeing the rain come to an end for much of the state. There remains a few very light showers this afternoon, and many of these are not even showing up on the radar. There are also a few areas of fog, with misty conditions. The clouds continue to hang tough across much of Central Alabama this afternoon, but we do note some peeks of sunshine in the area, while a mainly sunny sky is in place across southeastern portions of the state. Though parts of Alabama are seeing the sun today, I think a vast majority of the state will see the sun return tomorrow.
After the cold air damming/wedge provided cold easterly flow into the state yesterday, our winds have shifted out of the southwest and we are seeing warmer temps throughout the state today. Much of Central Alabama has temps in the mid to upper 60s this afternoon, while in South Alabama 70s and even some 80s are showing up. Warmer temps down south are a result of a sunny sky in those areas.
Heading into the overnight hours, we should slowly see the clouds decrease in coverage, but it does appear we will start our Sunday off with mainly cloudy conditions and areas of fog. We are expecting the sky to be clearing through the day, and by tomorrow afternoon, it appears that big orange ball of fire will finally show itself to all of us. We will start tomorrow off in the mid-50s for most locations, but we should rebound into the 70s for most locations in Central Alabama. It will certainly be a very nice end to the weekend!
Most of the day we have seen a mix of sun and clouds across Alabama. During the late morning hours, we did see mainly sunny conditions, but over the last few hours, we have started to see clouds arrive from the west. These clouds are associated with our next rain maker, and we will continue see clouds increasing through the evening and overnight hours. Enjoy the sun today, because an active week of weather will feature mainly cloudy conditions with little sun expected.
With plenty of sunshine today, we have seen our temperatures rebound nicely from this morning’s lows. Many locations were at or just below freezing this morning, but we are seeing nothing but mid to upper 60s across North-Central Alabama, while 70s are in place across much of southern Alabama. We do note, the rain to the west is approaching the state line. It will continue an eastward progression through the evening, and we should begin to see rain fall across the area later this evening. It looks to be a night with periods of rain, and with the clouds moving in, we should see lows tonight only slip down into the lower to mid-40s.
The freezing line continues to sink towards the southeast across Central Alabama this afternoon. Where temps have fallen to freezing, they will not be rising back above it until the middle part of tomorrow morning. Luckily, we are seeing the main area of precipitation moving off towards the southeast as well. No additional accumulations are expected north and west of this line.
With the temps only dropping the rest of today, we are not expecting much improvement in the areas that have seen the sleet and ice, as a slushy mess remains. Impacts on travel will be persist the rest of the afternoon and through the overnight periods. The greatest threat for icing will be on the elevated surfaces as well as bridges and overpasses. Travel is not recommended through the rest of today and tonight. Temperatures will continue dropping and we are expecting lower 20s and teens for much of Central Alabama by tomorrow morning.
We continue to monitor observations across the area as we are flirting with freezing in many locations of Central Alabama. Much of the Interstate 59 corridor continues to sit right above freezing with a very cold rain falling, and if it will stay in the mid-30s, we are going to be a good shape until later this evening. However, we are still expecting the cold air to win the battle and continue a southeastward progression.
Precipitation will persist through much of the afternoon, and it should begin to wind down by this evening. Temps will be dropping tonight well down into the 20s, so no matter what occurs today, there will be areas of ice develop tonight. Through the afternoon, we are expecting some travel issues to develop as temps fall. Bridges and elevated areas will be first to see these issues develop.
Locations in Northwest Alabama are seeing lots of frozen precip and travel issues, with temperatures in these areas in the lower to mid-20s. The sub-freezing air is ever so slowly sliding southeast and once temps fall below freezing at your location today, do not expect them to climb back above freezing until mid-morning Friday.
From the get go, it has been how fast the freezing line makes it south, on determining what kind of day we will have. A couple of degrees is and will be making all the difference today. Stay safe!
Another day with quite the mess across the area. A quick look at the radar shows a mix of wintery precip across Northwest and North Alabama, with rain, sleet, and freezing rain falling. The freezing line continues to sink towards the southeast and is approaching the Interstate 59 corridor.
Already getting reports of sleet mixed with the rain in the Birmingham metro, and once temps fall below freezing, travel issues are going to develop. Temps will continue to drop today, so do not look for conditions to improve.
The next few hours we will see a transition to freezing rain and sleet, and yes, there will be snow as the even winds down. A winter storm warning remains in effect for areas along and north of Interstate 59 until 3PM. This includes areas north of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, such as Jasper, Fayette, Hamilton, and Cullman.