Rain Returns Thursday; Seasonal Temperatures

| January 4, 2021 @ 2:58 pm

PLEASANT WINTER DAY: The sky is mostly sunny across Alabama this afternoon with temperatures in the 57-61 degree range, slightly above average for early January. Tonight will be mostly fair with a low between 37 and 42 degrees.

The weather will stay dry tomorrow and Wednesday… expect a partly to mostly sunny sky both days with highs in the mid 50s. Clouds increase Wednesday night.

RAIN RETURNS: Thursday will be a cloudy day with periods of rain; rain amounts of around 1/2 inch are likely. The air will be cool and stable (we could hold in the 40s all day), no risk of severe storms, and probably no thunder. The rain tapers off Thursday night, but as a deep cold core upper low passes overhead we might have a snow flake or two somewhere over North Alabama due to dynamic cooling. But for now we expect no accumulation or impact… it will be a mostly all rain event.

Friday look for gradual clearing with a high in the 48-53 degree range.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be a sunny day to start the weekend; after a low around 30 degrees, the high will be close to 50. Then, on Sunday, clouds increase with a high again right at 50 degrees.

SUNDAY NIGHT/MONDAY: You will be hearing lots of buzz about the weather Sunday night into Monday morning across the Deep South as the new 12Z model set today has come in colder, suggesting potential for snow over the northern third of Mississippi and Alabama. However, using ensemble model output and probabilistic outlooks, snow fans don’t need to get too excited just yet. Both the American GFS and the European ECMWF ensembles are showing only a 10-20 percent chance of one inch or more of snow with this event for now.

It is simply too early to know if there will be any significant winter weather with this system; just something to watch. A cold rain is likely for most of the state with amounts around 1/2 inch. We will have much better clarity, of course, as we get closer.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: The weather looks dry and cool Tuesday and Wednesday; more rain arrives with the next wave by Thursday and Friday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1917: A tornado with estimated F3 damage cut a 15-mile path and struck a school at Vireton in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, killing 16 people. It ranks as the 4th worst school tornado disaster in U.S. history. Ahead of that storm system, very warm air surged into the Southeast U.S… Birmingham’s high on January 4, 1917 was 75 degrees, a record for the date that still stands today.

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