The rainy start to our weekend produced totals of more than two inches in some places, such as Dothan (2.66") and Evergreen (2.23"), with one-inch tallies quite common across central and southern Alabama. The rain departed before midday, leaving a low cloud layer and a cold wind for Saturday afternoon. The northerly wind will persist through Sunday, pumping in dry air, so look for the clouds to give way to mostly clear weather for the rest of the weekend.
We're in for an active 'zonal flow' weather pattern during the week ahead, with disturbances tracking through generally west to east, which will prevent our having to endure any frigid, arctic conditions. Mornings will be quite cold at the start of the week, though, with lows around 30 or a little below.
All the recent rain has left lawns saturated, so a drying-out period would be helpful. But don't count on that. A series of upper-level disturbances could give SE Alabama a bit of rain on Tuesday, followed by much higher precipitation probabilities across the state on Thursday and Friday.
For now, a sprawling high-pressure area centered over the middle-Mississippi Valley will maintain mostly sunny weather through Monday. Don't forget your sunglasses for that blinding morning commute.
--Dan Atkinson, Doppler 12 StormVision Meteorologist
Rain will continue through the region through the overnight hours. We may see a brief period of sleet and freezing rain. However, no major travel issues are expected. The best chance for Winter weather and slick driving will be areas north of Highway 278. The system should quickly move east with most precipitation over by 7am. We may see some patchy drizzle early Saturday. The sky will remain overcast for much of the afternoon with a slow clearing by Saturday evening. Expect highs Saturday in the mid 30s. Colder temperatures are expected for Sunday morning with lows in the mid 20s.
Tonight: Rain likely with cold temperatures. Patchy sleet. Low 34. Winds NE 10-15.
Tomorrow: Morning drizzle otherwise cloudy. High 37. Winds N 8-10.
Fox 6 Chief Meteorologist
We can be very thankful here in central Alabama that we do not have to deal with some of the miserable snow and ice problems that many of our neighbors to north will have to deal with, as a major winter storm, which has already produced severe problems with snow and ice in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas marches eastward along the I-40 corridor, even clipping portions of north Mississippi and Alabama.
For us, it's just going to be rain, and lots of it. Look for the rain to be heavy at times overnight and there could even be some thunder involved. Rainfall amounts could easily reach the 1 to 2 inch range.
Most of the rain should be out of here by first thing in the morning, followed by a windy and cold, raw winter's day with highs only making it into the mid 40's and a stiff wind out of the northwest making it seem colder. We should see sub-freezing temperatures both Saturday night and Sunday night. In fact, lows should fall into the upper 20's as far south as Troy and Evergreen. Sunshine will return on Sunday, but it will be quite chilly with highs barely up to 50.
Travel is not recommended to areas from Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee eastward through the Carolinas. In fact, a winter storm warning has now been extended southward to include the Tennessee valley region of north Alabama, including the Huntsville area, where a mixture of precipitation has been occurring.
Winter Storm Warning has been expanded to cover all of North Alabama...
Slightly warmer air is beginning to move in from areas south of the Tennessee Valley. This is going to help provide the transition from freezing rain/sleet/snow to all rain in many areas throughout the afternoon. The weather will slowly get better in some of these areas. However it looks like we will have significant travel problems that may last into the overnight hours across all of Tennessee and the following counties in Alabama: Lauderdale, Colbert, Limestone, DeKalb and Jackson. Interstate 65 from the Alabama state line to Nashville has been reported very slick and snow-packed in some areas. The Tennessee Department of Transportation has reported several cars off the road along the interstate in Tennessee. Please slow down and allow plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you. Also remember to have your headlights on, increase your stopping distance and your acceleration distance. Overnight tonight we expect a brief period of sleet and snow as the storm moves to our east. Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s and roadways with water left on them will become slick in spots. We are streaming live weather coverage online at www.waff.com
Brad TravisChief MeteorologistWAFF 48 Storm TeamWe Track Storms
North Alabama is seeing it's share of sleet and freezing rain reports this morning. Winter Weather Advisories are listed for Marion, Winston and Cullman counties, with minimal weather related travel concerns expected. However, north of that line into Northwest Alabama there is a Winter Storm Warning until Noon. The rest of us in north central Alabama can expect rainfall or rain mixed with sleet but no accumulation. Tonight rain is expected and a chance of light freezing rain in isolated areas. Accumulation would be limited to bridges and overpasses closer to the Tennessee state line. Patchy drizzle takes us into Saturday.
Sunday should be mostly sunny, followed by partly cloudy skies for Monday and Tuesday. A chance of showers joins us again by the end of our next workweek.
Mickey Ferguson, FOX6 Weather
Wet Weather Approaches... Showers and sprinkles are possible through early afternoon, but a far heavier batch of rain will stroll into Alabama this evening and overnight. The rain will be heavy at times; many Alabama communities and cities will see 1 inch of rain - some more, some less.
Colder Weather: After the rain ends early Saturday, much colder weather will filter into Alabama. It's possible that our high temperature occurs early in the day, with readings falling through the 40s during the afternoon hours. The wind will be active as well, making it feel even colder.
Travel Plans? If you're heading to places like Gatlinburg, Knoxville, Nashville, or Memphis, be prepared for the possibility of slick highways and major travel issues due to snow and ice accumulation.