MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - SOAKED TO SCATTERED: What a mess of a morning. Rain, heavy at times impacted much of central and south Alabama early this morning. Early bird commuters ran into the worst of it as heavy rain transitioned to light rain by late morning. Still, many areas were soaked. Steady rain continues to quickly slide east of the area with plenty of cloud cover still in it's wake. We'll deal with a continued threat for a few showers into the evening before a brief break to start the weekend.
TODAY: The main area of lift and moisture has now moved east of the area. A surface low is currently parked south of Macon, Georgia, so we're already on the backside of the low. Typically, this would mean an end to the precipitation. But we still have a weak frontal boundary to our west that has yet to clear.
This front will allow for the continued mention of an isolated and light shower or two later this afternoon into the evening. But it won't be much. Temperatures today warm into the upper 50s to lower 60s with more clouds than anything else.
THIS WEEKEND: We'll get into some partial sunshine Saturday with temps getting into the lower 60s. Tomorrow should end up being a solid day overall. Models have finally started to come into better agreement with our Saturday night/Sunday morning system. Low pressure will develop along the northern Gulf and spread rain along the coast. There will be a chance for some rain Saturday night across mainly south Alabama. It remains questionable as to just how much rain will be able to make it into central Alabama counties, but I think it's possible a few showers could develop.
Equally questionable is whether or not any precipitation will manage to be squeezed out across north Alabama Sunday morning when temperatures get cold enough for more than just rain. Many models remain dry, some show a band of very light precip near the AL/TN line. It may be cold enough for a very light mixed bag. But again...this setup remains questionable, and it certainly does not impact our viewing area.
As this system passes, cold air will once again establish itself across Alabama. Northwest winds kick in Sunday and keep highs barely in the lower 50s with sunshine. Overnight lows dip to around freezing Monday morning as temperatures fail to break out of the 40s.
So to sum up, our heavy rain is done. An isolated late Friday shower threat remains before a great Saturday. Can't rule out a shower Saturday night into early Sunday morning, but sunshine returns later Sunday as colder air settles back in.