The first day of 2013 brought a good soaking to Alabama, with most areas measuring over an inch of rain. Some official totals include…2.69” in Cullman…1.71” in Haleyville…1.40” in Birmingham…1.26” in Anniston…1.14” in Alabaster…and 0.91” in Tuscaloosa.
Our area remains under a moist-southwest flow aloft and this is keeping our sky very cloudy. You can expect overcast skies through tonight and early tomorrow, with lows tonight near freezing. Another disturbance in the southwest flow pattern is bringing a surge of rain to southern Texas and Louisiana this afternoon. The bulk of this rain should stay well south of us tonight, with a few showers possible only in our far southern counties. Morning clouds should slowly give way to sunshine tomorrow, with highs only in the upper 40s.
We’ve been keeping an eye on another southern tracking storm system that looks to spread some rain across coastal areas this weekend. The big question for us has been the amount of moisture available. We should enjoy a period of sunshine on Friday followed by increasing clouds late in the day. These clouds will continue to increase Friday night and on Saturday, with lows near freezing and highs in the low 50s. We’ve introduced a small chance for a passing shower on Saturday. Otherwise, the weekend looks mainly dry, with sunshine expected for the start of next week.
BCS National Championship Miami Forecast Update: Partly to mostly cloudy skies for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with highs near 80. There will be chance of scattered showers each day. A shower will also be possible at night, with lows near 70.
Fox 6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt