Rain and storms through tonight, plenty more Sunday

Behind Sunday’s rain, the coldest air of the season pushes in

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A shield of much-needed rain and isolated thunderstorms continues progressing eastward across Alabama this evening. No severe is expected, but some bouts of heavy rain are possible.

The rain will likely wind down between midnight and 5 a.m. Saturday depending on your location (areas to the west dry out first).

Saturday looks mostly cloudy and dry.
Saturday looks mostly cloudy and dry. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Saturday brings the most anticipated football game of the year in the state of Alabama -- the Iron Bowl. Kickoff is tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. For late November, the weather couldn’t be much better. It’ll be mostly cloudy, dry and mild with temperatures well in the 60s. Wind will be a non-factor.

Even for us in central and southern Alabama, Saturday is looking dry aside from a few showers early in the morning. High temps will rise towards 70 degrees in most locations despite plenty of cloud cover.

Plenty of rain is expected throughout the day Sunday.
Plenty of rain is expected throughout the day Sunday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Our next significant weather system will arrive come Sunday. This one will deliver a one-two punch of rain and storms followed by very cold air for this time of year.

An area of low pressure will develop along the northern Gulf Coast early in the day before lifting northwards across Alabama. That will put Central Alabama in the “sweet spot” for multiple intervals of rain.

Daily rain chances.
Daily rain chances. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

A few thunderstorms are a good bet with this system, but we think the limited availability of warm, muggy and unstable air will help curtail the risk of severe weather. The only exception as it looks now could be far southern Alabama. Just enough instability may be present there to support a low-end severe threat.

This system will also bring breezy conditions for everyone from Sunday afternoon through Monday night. Wind gusts will reach 20-30 mph at times during that stretch.

Sunday will be breezy.
Sunday will be breezy. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Come Sunday night and Monday those breezy winds will be out of the northwest. That will usher in some very cold air.

Expect highs to stay in the upper 40s on both Monday and Tuesday. Skies will remain mostly cloudy behind our departing system on Monday, but wall-to-wall sunshine is in the forecast Tuesday.

Cold blast will impact the state early next week.
Cold blast will impact the state early next week. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

It’s not just the afternoons that will be way below normal, though. A hard freeze is likely both Monday night and Tuesday night with lows below 30 for everyone. In fact, a few snow flurries are possible north of Birmingham!

To make matters worse, there will be enough of a breeze both Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning to create bitterly cold wind chill temperatures. That will especially be true Tuesday morning, when wind chills will fall to near 20 degrees!

Minimum wind chills Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will be VERY cold.
Minimum wind chills Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will be VERY cold. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Temperatures do look to rise somewhat by the latter half of next week with temperatures back well into the 50s. That is still below normal for early December standards, however.

Another chance of showers with a chilly system comes Thursday into Friday. That will only act to reinforce the chilly air mass heading into next weekend! Bundle up, y’all!

Daily high temperatures.
Daily high temperatures. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

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