MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A wet and gloomy Wednesday morning made for great sleeping weather. But no-so-great waking up weather. The shield of fairly solid rain predawn has melted away into more of a scattered shower kind of deal. While we don't expect soaking rain to continue all day long, we're not completely dry at any point, either. We'll deal with somewhat gloomy weather through tomorrow morning. Beyond that, there's a lot to like about our stretch ahead...
TODAY: The best atmospheric lift is moving away as we head into the afternoon. There's still enough where I think we'll deal with isolated to scattered showers, mainly across the southern third of the state. Overall rain chances through much of central Alabama won't be very high, but we'll be in the 50% ballpark across the south. Any rain should be fairly light.
Models advertise another weak ripple perhaps allowing for additional scattered shower development arriving early Thursday morning. So it's difficult to envision much chance in our cloudy/drizzly pattern through that point.
Temperatures will be tricky today as cold air advection dukes it out with daytime warming. The end result will be temps that either don't budge much or even drop a few degrees as the day progresses. We'll be in the 40s & 50s across central and south Alabama respectively.
REST OF THE WEEK: Skies are expected to gradually clear by late Thursday, and once that process is complete will result in an extended period of sunshine. High pressure builds into the region and then pulls east, putting Alabama on the warm return flow side. This will result in a quick warming trend after our cool day today and cool-ish day tomorrow.
Highs Friday should top out around 60 degrees and take a run into the middle and upper 60s Saturday. The 70s make a cameo on our 7-Day beginning Sunday into early next week as we bid farewell to January and welcome February. Long range models advertise a strong cold front affecting the region sometime in the Tuesday-Wednesday timeframe. It's a long ways out, so no sense in getting specific with changes very likely. However, with unseasonably warm air in place a strong front would need to be watched for stronger t-storms. In the meantime, we'll continue to look forward to what should be a beautiful weekend.