The Weather Authority | Rain Returns Tomorrow Afternoon

Carbon Hill Sunset (Photo from Tina Martinez)

From James Spann and the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog:

SUNNY AFTERNOON: Temperatures are generally in the 50s across Alabama this afternoon with a good supply of sunshine but clouds will increase statewide tonight ahead of an approaching storm system.

Rain becomes likely from about 12:00 noon tomorrow through 12:00 midnight tomorrow night as a surface low moves through. Rain amounts of around 1/2 inch are likely, and the air will be cool and stable so no severe storms, and probably no thunder. A decent part of North Alabama will hold in the 40s tomorrow, with 50s for the southern counties of the state.

Sunday will be cloudy and cool; some lingering light rain or drizzle is possible, mainly during the morning hours. The high Sunday will be in the mid 50s.

TO THE NORTH: Snow is likely in a broad zone from Kansas City to Baltimore over the next three days; some of the heaviest snow will fall around St. Louis, where 10-12 inches are possible in a few places. Winter storm warnings are in effect for much of this region.

NEXT WEEK: We will forecast gradual clearing Monday, and the weather should stay dry through Thursday with seasonal temperatures; highs mostly in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Rain returns at the end of the week on Friday, with potential for rain continuing into the beginning of the weekend (January 18-19) see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1918: An incredibly strong area of low pressure brought snow and bitter cold temperatures much of the southern U.S. Birmingham picked up an inch of snow. In far southeastern Alabama, an estimated F3 tornado virtually damaged every building in the town of Webb (Houston County). The tornado leveled one rural school, killing one teacher and seven students.

ON THIS DATE IN 1885: Five documented , strong to violent tornadoes struck Alabama during the evening hours of January 11, 1885. These tornadoes affected at least 15 separate counties across the state from approximately 5 pm until after 11 pm.

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