Weather Blog: Clouds first, then rain

Weather Blog: Clouds first, then rain

It's a fairly typical playbook we're following over the next few days. Clouds thickened up on us overnight and led to a mainly overcast morning. This helped keep temperatures much warmer with a few spots only barely falling below 60 degrees. Clouds are usually the precursor to wetter things. This case will be no exception...

TODAY: Skies overhead will continue to favor clouds versus clear as we head deeper into Wednesday. Still, breaks of sunshine will be common from time to time. This will help temperatures climb back into the lower 80s this afternoon. We're not really worried about rain today despite a batch of light showers across west Alabama earlier this morning. Radar should stay quiet.

REST OF THE WEEK: Moisture will steadily increase as a frontal boundary approaches from our west. We'll start Thursday dry but expect scattered showers and a few rumbles to get going into the afternoon.

Rain will be of the popcorn variety and will most certainly fail to qualify as a washout. In fact, there will likely be places that avoid rain entirely through the day.

As the front inches closer, rain chances will increase Thursday night and stick around through Friday. The new NAM this morning tries to sneak rain out of the region after a wet morning Friday while the GFS still looks wet into the afternoon. Mixed bag of opinion, but we'll keep scattered rain/storms in the forecast for now. The Storm Prediction Center has the area under a Marginal risk for severe weather, which seems plausible given model forecast instability Friday. But it's difficult to imagine much of an overall threat developing, and given the scattered nature of coverage, shouldn't amount to a big deal.

Rainfall totals won't be overly excessive with most spots receiving well under an inch of rain Thursday-Friday.

THIS WEEKEND: Rain will be gone by the time you wake up Saturday morning as ridging builds across the area. That should be a recipe for a solid Saturday-Sunday with warm air and sunshine. Another great weekend to get out and enjoy!

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