Good morning and Happy New Year! We are kicking off 2013 on a soggy note with rain overspreading the area this morning. It’s going to be a great day to stay indoors and take it easy. Occasional showers can be expected throughout the day, with a slow fall in temperatures. Tonight the rain should slowly taper off from northwest to southeast, with lows in the middle 30s.
The rain looks to settle into far south Alabama tomorrow however we will remain positioned under a moist southwest flow aloft. This will bring more clouds tomorrow, with highs only reaching the low to mid 40s. A disturbance embedded in the flow will bring another surge of rain to far south Alabama tomorrow night. Now it’s looking like most of our area will be rain free, with only a stray shower possible in far southeast areas. Lows tomorrow night will be near freezing.
The Long Range: I’m happy to report that we will enjoy a longer break in the rainfall activity for a change. It looks like we will be caught in the middle of a split flow pattern in the jet stream, with the coldest air remaining well north of Alabama. There is one disturbance that will bring an increase in clouds late Friday however we don’t expect wet weather. In fact, models are advertising dry weather for the weekend and much of next week. Highs will be near 50, with lows at night near freezing. The next chance for rain in our state looks to arrive late next week (January 12th/13th).
BCS National Championship: If you’re planning a trip to Miami for the BCS National Championship Game don’t forget the raincoat and umbrella. The system bringing us rain today will actually settle across south Florida during the weekend. This will bring a chance for a passing shower on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Right now the forecast calls for a 20% of showers each day, with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the pleasantly warm 70s, with lows at night in the 60s.
Have a great day!
Fox 6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt