First Alert: Wet weather makes a weekend appearance

Saturday night special? Showers return to Alabama

Rain this weekend -- but not a washout

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A major storm system is taking shape to our northwest; it is dropping some BIG snow totals across parts of Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana. The St. Louis metro area will be particularly impacted, up to 10 inches of snow could fall there. For us, no snow, but some wet weather becomes likely as the weekend begins. Let’s jump in...

A few sprinkles become possible Saturday morning, but many of us are dry. As the day progresses, the rain will gradually increase in coverage and intensity, with the highest coverage of rain coming Saturday evening into Saturday night.

Saturday rain coverage
Saturday rain coverage (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Most places will average around one-half inch of rain, but isolated downpours could nudge totals up closer to three-quarters of an inch in spots.

No flooding, no severe weather.

Clouds hang tough on Sunday, and we can’t rule out a leftover sprinkle or light shower. Many stay dry. It will be a cool day, though, with afternoon temperatures struggling into the mid to upper 50s.

Gradual clearing greets us on Monday, with sunshine making a slow comeback and temperatures warming into the mid 50s.

Cool, dry weather headlines the forecast for much of next week. Another system could bring us some more rain by Friday or Saturday, but there’s considerable model disagreement on the placement and timing of the rain. So, we’ll see.

In the long range, there is a considerable amount of evidence to suggest a change to cold, wintry weather after January 20th. The last week or 10 days of the month could bring us the coldest air of the season, and it’s not out of the question that some parts of the Deep South face snow and/or ice threats late this month into early February.

There is no skill in forecasting any specific numbers or events, but the general trend bears watching.

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