Rain likely Friday, weekend forecast trends drier!

Holiday weekend events forecast
Published: Jul. 1, 2021 at 4:58 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2021 at 10:47 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - After several days of typical Summer weather, Friday will be a different kind of day. A cold front, a rare treat for Alabama this time of year, will push steadily through the state, bringing a quick round of showers and storms to most of us. While not every square inch of the state will get wet, most places will get some rain.

Rain around on Friday
Rain around on Friday(WSFA 12 News)

The timing will be critical - Montgomery’s Fourth of July celebration is happening Friday evening at the Train Shed. The latest data suggest that the majority of the rain will be south of the Capital City by tomorrow evening, but it will be a close call. Drier air surges into the state Friday night, and the Fourth of July weekend will feature far more dry weather than wet. Rain should be spotty and mainly confined to the far southern counties of the state.

Holiday Weekend
Holiday Weekend(WSFA 12 News)

The front will then likely stall somewhere in far southern Alabama or the Florida Panhandle for the weekend. The result of that will be a nice forecast for the holiday weekend in Central Alabama! There is only a 20% chance of rain, and the air will be less humid.

We’ll have to keep an eye on South Alabama, though, where the rain chances are higher. Scattered showers and storms are possible.

7 Day
7 Day(WSFA 12 News)

Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms return to the forecast for everyone starting Monday.

First Alert for the Tropics: Tropical Storm Elsa has officially formed out in the Atlantic. The storm is heading west-northwestward toward the Caribbean, and it is forecast to become at least a strong tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Elsa track
Tropical Storm Elsa track(WSFA 12 News)

The exact track and strength of Elsa is still being determined. It will, however, likely be in the eastern Gulf or Florida by Tuesday. We’ll keep a close eye on this storm over the weekend. Stay tuned for additional details!

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