Cold, clear New Year’s Eve

Heavy rain returns to Alabama Thursday into Friday

Rain returns Thursday

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - We will keep our forecast relatively cool and quiet for the next day or so... perfect timing for both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day!

If you have plans to ring in 2020 don’t forget the coat! Once the sun sets tonight, temperatures will drop quickly. With a clear sky and light wind, we’ll dip into the upper 30s to near 40 degrees by midnight.

No rain, no snow, no ice, and only a light breeze - so no major problems, just a chill in the air.

Our next chance for rain arrives by Wednesday night/Thursday morning and sticks around through late Friday. That rain could be heavy at times.

This system will likely be short on warm, muggy air - so the risk of severe weather is low and mainly confined to the southwestern corner of the state. But, the risk isn’t zero, and it bears watching. Heavy rainfall could cause river flooding problems by early next week, especially along the Tombigbee, Black Warrior, Cahaba and Alabama River (downstream of Montgomery, most likely).

The return to colder air is expected by the weekend as high pressure takes control; highs Saturday struggle in the lower 50s with clouds and some leftover sprinkles/showers.

Rain returns Thursday
Rain returns Thursday (Source: WSFA 12 News)

But, we will rebound into the upper 50s by Sunday and likely climb close to 60° again by Monday of next week.

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