DRY AIR IN PLACE: Temperatures are generally in the 24-32 degree range across Alabama early this morning; our weather will stay dry today with a high in the upper 50s this afternoon under a partly to mostly sunny sky. The average high for Birmingham on January 4 is 53. Our weather stays rain-free tomorrow and Wednesday… expect a good supply of sunshine both days with highs between 57 and 60 degrees for most communities. Clouds return Wednesday night.
RAIN RETURNS: The next upper wave moving in from the west will bring periods of rain to the state Thursday. No risk of severe storms, and probably no thunder. It won’t rain all day, but occasional rain is likely with temperatures holding in the upper 40s and low 50s; rain amounts of around 1/2 inch are likely. Rain ends late Thursday night and early Friday; can’t totally rule out a snow flake or two over the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama due to dynamic cooling, but if that happens there won’t be any accumulation or impact. Look for slow clearing Friday with a high in the upper 40s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The sky will be partly to mostly sunny Saturday; we start the day in the 20s, and the high will be close to 50 degrees. The day Sunday will be dry with a slow increase in cloud cover; Sunday’s high will be in the mid 50s.
SUNDAY NIGHT/MONDAY: The wave train rolls along, and the next one will bring rain to the state Sunday night into Monday. There is some evidence from global model ensemble output that some snow could involved initially over North Alabama as the precipitation begins, but for now this is only an outside possibility and thermal values suggest mostly rain for the state. Temperatures will hold in the 40s Monday; for now it looks like the main window for rain will come from about midnight Sunday night through noon Monday. This, of course, is a week out and the forecast could easily change.
REST OF NEXT WEEK: Cool, dry weather is likely for the mid-week periods before more rain returns either Thursday or Friday… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1917: A tornado with estimated F3 damage cut a 15-mile path and struck a school at Vireton in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, killing 16 people. It ranks as the 4th worst school tornado disaster in U.S. history. Ahead of that storm system, very warm air surged into the Southeast U.S… Birmingham’s high on January 4, 1917 was 75 degrees, a record for the date that still stands today.
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