Soaking Rain Tonight; Dry Weekend Ahead

| January 3, 2019 @ 3:21 pm

STILL WET: A deep upper trough over Texas will push a large mass of rain over Alabama tonight; additional amounts of around one inch are likely before it tapers off tomorrow morning. The air remains stable, so no worries with severe thunderstorms, and most won’t hear any thunder. Clouds linger through the day tomorrow with a high in the 50s.

We note the NWS continues a flash flood watch for Sumter, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Choctaw, Clarke, and Washington counties in West Alabama.

The sky will clear tomorrow night as dry air returns to the state.

BRIGHTER WEEKEND: No rain for the weekend for a change. We will enjoy sunshine in full supply Saturday and Sunday; the high Saturday will be in the 55-60 degree range, followed by mid to upper 60s Sunday. Morning lows will be generally in the 30s.

NEXT WEEK: Most all of next week will be dry as well. We will mention a chance of widely scattered showers Monday night with a cold front passing through, but with limited moisture rain amounts, if any, will be light and spotty. Highs will be in the 60s Monday and Tuesday, and in the 50s Wednesday through Friday. No sign of any bitterly cold air for the Deep South for the next 10-15 days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

LOOKING BACK AT 2018: Birmingham’s rain total for the year was 61.09″… that is the 27th wettest year on record since 1890. Our wettest year on record is 1929, when the total was 81.82″.

ON THIS DATE IN 1949: During the late afternoon hours, an estimated F4 tornado destroyed the town of Warren, Arkansas. This tornado killed 55 people and injured more than 250 others. The destruction of the Bradley mill displaced 1,000 employees.

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