First Alert: Rain returns later this week

Bitterly cold air blasts Alabama Sunday and beyond

Dry for now, but rain returns soon!

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - First things first, sunshine will return Tuesday! After an overcast, cold Monday, the return of blue sky will be a welcome development. It won’t help with temperatures much, though, as afternoon highs Tuesday will stay in the lower 50s. Sunny, cool weather will continue on Wednesday, too, with temperatures warming from the 30s in the morning to the upper 50s in the afternoon.

Things begin to change on Thursday. Clouds thicken up, and the wind will shift around to the south. This will move moisture into the state, and an approaching cold front will drop some scattered showers across the state on Thursday and Friday. The rain will be light and spotty in nature, far from a washout. And, many will stay dry.

A stronger system winds up on Saturday, and the rain will become more widespread Saturday and Saturday night. A few embedded thunderstorms are possible, but at this point, we don’t see much potential for strong storms or severe weather. Rain will taper off early Sunday.

Arctic air will rush into the state Sunday and beyond; temperatures will drop very quickly and afternoon temperatures will drop through the 50s into the 40s, and the drop will accelerate after sunset.

We are hoping for clear skies Sunday night so that you can see the lunar eclipse.

Raw model output is suggesting temperatures could drop into the 17-23 degree range Monday morning, with wind chill values in the single digits. At this time, the moisture will likely outrun the advancing cold air, meaning the chance of significant snow or ice for our part of Alabama is basically zero.

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