MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - If you have time, get your Christmas shopping done early Saturday. Much of the weekend won’t be a fun time to be outside; a cold, soaking rain is likely by Saturday evening, Saturday night and Sunday.
A surface low has begun to deepen in the Gulf of Mexico. That will spread rain over the state - first in the form of some scattered rain Saturday morning, then a more widespread soaking late Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday.
The rain will be spotty and mainly light through Saturday afternoon - with some dry intervals during the day Saturday. Then, widespread rain arrives by the evening and sticks around Sunday. This is the kind of rain that could last for several hours at a time, and rainfall amounts of 2-4 inches are likely.
As the surface low grows stronger, the wind field around it will, too. So, it could be breezy at times Saturday night into Sunday.
With clouds and rain, temperatures will be on the cool side - 40s at night, 50s during the daytime. Throw in the rain and a stout easterly wind, and it will feel even colder.
Scattered rain lingers into Monday, before a clearing trend begins Tuesday. Expect dry, warm weather for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; sunshine will warm us into the upper 60s and lower 70s both days. No White Christmas, but Santa will certainly appreciate the dry, clear flying conditions across Alabama.