Periods Of Rain Through Tomorrow; Dry Saturday

| January 21, 2021 @ 2:54 pm

DREARY DAY: Clouds cover Alabama this afternoon, with areas of light rain and drizzle on radar over much of the state. A stalled front is setting up a large thermal contrast; temperatures over the Tennessee Valley are only in the 40s, but close to 70 near the Gulf Coast. Periods of rain will continue tonight.

Rain is likely over the southern 2/3 of the state tomorrow, mainly south of the surface front. The best coverage of rain will along and south of I-20, and the rain will begin to taper off tomorrow afternoon. Highs will be in the 50s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We get a chance to dry out Saturday; with a sunny sky the high will be in the 54-58 degree range. Most of the day Sunday will be dry, but clouds will increase, and a few showers could reach the northern and western counties by mid to late afternoon. Sunday’s high will be in the low to mid 60s.

STRONG STORMS MONDAY: A deep surface low will be northwest of Alabama Monday, and moist air will surge northward into the state. Temperatures are expected to reach the low 70s, and the air becomes unstable. This will set the stage for strong, possibly severe thunderstorms by afternoon. It is still too early to discuss timing, or the magnitude of the event. Just be aware that Monday could be an active weather day for Alabama and the Deep South.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: Tuesday will be dry with high in the 60s, but rain returns quickly late Tuesday night into Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will be dry and a little cooler with highs in the 50s; still no sign of any bitterly cold Arctic air for Alabama for the rest of the month and into early February… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1985: A deep Arctic cold wave covered much of the Deep South. The official low at Birmingham was -6F, the second coldest temperature on record for the city. Other lows included -11F at Huntsville and Muscle Shoals, 0F at Montgomery, and 3F at Mobile. Jacksonville, Florida recorded its all-time record low of 7 degrees.

ON THIS DATE IN 1999: A major tornado outbreak occurred from southwest into central and northeast Arkansas during the afternoon and evening. In the Little Rock Area, 30 tornadoes tracked across 15 counties. Homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed in areas like Little Rock, Beebe, McRae, and in areas farther north and east. Eight deaths resulted from the tornadoes with 140 to 150 injuries also reported.

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