Spann: Widespread rain across Alabama tonight, possible wintry mix Wednesday morning

A look at the potential rainfall totals in Alabama over the next 24 hours. (

Below is the latest ABC 33/40 Weather Blog post regarding the rain showers moving across Alabama Tuesday and what to expect overnight and into Wednesday night.

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From James Spann at 2:31 p.m.


A band of showers is on radar this afternoon from near West Blocton to Alabaster to Talladega and to Wedowee. The showers are moving to the east/southeast, and should be out of the area perhaps by the time you read this. The sky has actually cleared up in the Tennessee Valley, where the sun is shining in places like Florence, Decatur, and Huntsville. Temperatures are generally in the 50s.


Rain will become widespread across Alabama tonight ahead of a push of very cold air. And, we still believe there is a decent chance the rain will change to light sleet/snow early tomorrow morning before ending, generally along and north of I-20.

Soil temperatures are running around 50 degrees, so snow will just initially melt as it falls, but there might be enough for a bit in grassy areas before it all ends. The best chance of some accumulation will be over the far northeast corner of the state, especially across high terrain of Jackson and DeKalb Counties. Surface temperatures will be in the low to mid 30s, and at this point odds of any travel issues look small for the I-20 corridor (Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston). Can't rule out a few icy spots along and north of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden), but major, widespread road issues are not expected for now.

The NWS in Birmingham has decided not to issue a "winter weather advisory" at this time.

Tomorrow will be cloudy, cold, raw, and damp with a high only around 40 degrees. Rain will continue during the day over the southern half of the state.


The sky will clear tomorrow night, and we are projecting a low around 20 degrees early Thursday. Colder pockets across North Alabama will reach the mid to upper teens. It will be our coldest morning.


A warming trend begins Thursday with a sunny sky; the high will be around 50 degrees. We reach the mid 50s Friday with sunshine statewide.


Still looking mostly rain-free at this point, although a touch of light rain can't be totally ruled out Saturday with a mostly cloudy sky. The warming trend continues; we reach the mid 60s Saturday, followed by low to mid 70s Sunday with a mix of sun and clouds.


A band of showers and storms will likely pass through Alabama Monday, but for now it doesn't look like a severe weather situation. Colder air follows for the middle of the week. Take some time to watch the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.


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