Clearing/Colder Today; More Rain Wednesday

| December 14, 2020 @ 5:58 am

COLDER, DRIER: A large mass of rain has moved out of Alabama early this morning; it brought rain amounts of one to two inches to much of the state. A small, brief tornado apparently touch down shortly after 1:00 a.m. in Southwest Jefferson County near the Hoover/Bessemer line knocking down some trees and power lines.

We expect a clearing sky today with a high in the 52-55 degree range this afternoon; the average high for Birmingham on December 14 is 56.

MORE RAIN: Tomorrow will be a dry day with a partly sunny sky; after a low in the low to mid 30s, the high will be in the mid 50s. Clouds increase tomorrow night ahead of the next weather system approaching, and some rain is possible after midnight. Rain is likely Wednesday, especially during the morning hours. No risk of severe storms; in fact temperatures will hold in the 40s north of Birmingham through the day. Rain amounts with this feature will be around 1/2 inch, and the rain will end from west to east Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday and Friday will be rain-free; expect a good supply of sunshine both days. Morning lows will be in the 26-32 degree range… the high Thursday will be close to 50, followed by mid 50s Friday.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Clouds return Friday night, and global model data suggests rain will be likely at some point Saturday or Saturday night. For now no severe storms are expected, and rain amounts should be under 1/2 inch. Sunday will feature a clearing sky; highs over the weekend will be in the 50s, right at seasonal averages for this time of the year.

CHRISTMAS WEEK: Long range guidance hints at some rain around Christmas Eve (Thursday), followed by clearing and colder weather Friday. Otherwise, the week looks fairly quiet with no high impact weather events for the Deep South. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1997: A surprise snow event unfolded as a deep, cold core upper low moved into Mississippi. Dynamic cooling was responsible for changing rain over to snow, and it continued into West Alabama. What was expected to be a big rain event brought 4 to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow from near Jackson, Mississippi to Demopolis, Alabama.

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