One storm system is tracking away from the area and another will be heading in by the end of the weekend. With the warm, humid air hanging around in-between, scattered showers will be possible at times through tomorrow. While Saturday doesn't look like a washout, expect to see some rain around at times. Here's WAFF 48 Pinpoint Predictor tomorrow afternoon:
A slow moving, strong cold front will begin to push into the area on Sunday. With it we'll see rain becoming more widespread and heavier to end the weekend. The front will be arriving in NW Alabama early Sunday morning.
By early evening the front will have cleared all but the extreme eastern part of our area.
By Monday morning the southern part of the front may stall briefly across Alabama. That will set the stage for more steady, heavy rain that could last into Tuesday.
Rain amounts from the Sun-Tue time frame could really start to add up. Here's what our friends at the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center are forecasting through Wednesday morning:
In addition to the heavy rain threat, this next cold front will drop our temperatures back to more typical January levels. As the front moves through on Sunday there will likely be a sharp temperature change across north Alabama. By late Sunday afternoon, WAFF 48 Pinpoint Predictor is showing temperatures dropping across the front from the mid 60s in NE Alabama into the upper 40s in NW Alabama!
Now keep in mind this whole weather scenario will be dictated on how quickly this next cold front tracks eastward. If the front is delayed slightly, the colder air and heavier rain may not arrive until Monday. If it tracks eastward faster we could be looking at dry weather by Tuesday, but temperatures that are colder than currently forecast. Check back with us over the weekend, our new weekend meteorologist, Lauren Jones, will keep you updated on this next cold front and the hour-by-hour changes it's going to bring to our weather.
WAFF 48 Storm Team