An overall warmer pattern is in store for Alabama through Wednesday of next week.
A relatively benign and perhaps welcome pattern is in the forecast for the next several days.
The large scale pattern will feature a general zonal flow across the southeast. A series of upper short waves will mover through the atmosphere.
This will produce chances for rain showers on Sunday and more widespread chances on Tuesday night into Wednesday.
The high temperatures on Saturday will reach into the upper 60′s across northern sections, and perhaps the low 70′s across much of central and southern areas.
Clouds will move into the state Saturday night, and into Sunday. A few light showers will be possible overnight Saturday into Sunday.
A upper trough is digging across the Central Plain states and into Texas. As this trough swings east-southeastward, it is expected to form a closed low over Arkansas and Louisiana strengthening by Thursday morning.
Rain chances begin after Midnight tonight across the southern counties. Rain will continue to spread across the remainder of the area Thursday morning.
Rainfall amounts through early Friday should range in the 1/4 to 1/2 inch range for most of the state.
A cold air wedge of air to our east along with cloud clover and overrunning precipitation will make for a cold dreary day.
Readings most likely will stay in the 40′s through the day Thursday, with temperatures possibly going down a couple of degrees here and there during the day. Although on the cool side, temperatures will stay above freezing.
Rain is expected to continue into Thursday night as the low moves across the state. By Friday morning, the surface low is pushing up the eastern Atlantic Coast, while the upper low is trailing on its heels.
Some wrap around precipitation will remain possible in the eastern half of the state on Friday morning. Look for temperatures to warm some as rain ends, and clouds begin to slowly decrease during the afternoon.
The weather is a real mess just to the north of Alabama this morning. Temperatures around here overnight have stayed above freezing, so we’ve received just a cold rain.
The main story will be the drastic change to colder weather today, after yesterday’s very mild temperatures.
Highs will be reached today for most locations early this morning, and temperatures will drop throughout the day with a brisk north wind.
We can’t rule out a few flurries across the northern counties later this morning, but the dry air will be filtering in very quickly.
This should end the precipitation left over by this afternoon.
The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain, which is in effect from Midnight tonight to 9 am Monday.
Counties included in the advisory are Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison and Jackson.
Accumulations of less than two tenths of an inch across far northwest Alabama and between one and two tenths of an inch elsewhere in the advisory area.
A glaze of ice will be possible on exposed and elevated surfaces… such as cars and trees. Due to warm ground temperatures and wet conditions from rainfall this evening… impacts on local roads are expected to be confined to slick areas on bridges and overpasses.
The Birmingham weather office has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for Lamar, Fayette, Walker, Marion, and Winston counties for early Monday morning. Accumulations of freezing rain are possible, but are expected to remain less than one-tenth of an inch.