First Alert: Rain returns late this week

Rain becomes likely by Friday and remains in the forecast through Saturday
An hour-by-hour look ahead to the return of rain + how it could impact your Thanksgiving day plans!
Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 5:00 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2022 at 10:36 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A cool start to Wednesday will slowly give way to a rather warm finish; temperatures will soar into the lower 70s across the southern half of Alabama with a mix of sun and clouds. No rain, so at least the weather won’t give you any problems if you’re traveling for Thanksgiving or brave enough to visit a grocery store.

Lower 70s are once again in the forecast for Thanksgiving, but the difference between Wednesday and Thursday will be more cloud cover. The sky will likely be mostly cloudy throughout the day, all ahead of our next chance for rain. Most of the shower activity we see likely won’t happen during the daytime hours, so we expect any wet weather to hold off until near/after sunset.

After the sun goes down the chance of rain will gradually increase from west to east, as a large mass of rain and storms overspreads the state.

Rain is likely Thanksgiving night and into Black Friday. Those rain chances have been upped as a result of increased confidence in wet weather during that time.

Rain chances have also been upped Friday night and Saturday as a secondary push of wet weather is looking more likely.

It will not rain the entire time between Thanksgiving evening and Saturday evening. There will be breaks, and there may even be some peeks of sunshine in the mix. What will happen is plenty of rain for the area... a solid 1-2″ of rain will fall, with the potential for an isolated higher amount. Despite this, flooding is not anticipated due to a dry ground and the rain falling over a 48 hour period.

Rain totals will be in the 1.5" to 3" range between Thursday evening and Saturday evening.
Rain totals will be in the 1.5" to 3" range between Thursday evening and Saturday evening.(WSFA 12 News)

There could also be some thunderstorms thrown in, but the risk of anything strong to severe is very, very low as we see it now. The ingredients simply won’t all be there for that.

The good news is that temperatures won’t be too chilly while it’s raining. Highs should stay in the middle to upper 60s for Black Friday and Saturday.

Trending warmer and potentially wetter...
Trending warmer and potentially wetter...(WSFA 12 News)

A minor step back in the temperature department will occur Sunday behind the rain, but it comes with abundant sunshine.

High temps on Sunday will reach the lower and middle 60s under a mostly sunny sky. Sunshine continues as next week gets underway. Daily highs will be in the 60s and 70s next week, and overnight lows will hold tight in the 40s and 50s.