A Cold January Rain Just After Midday; Marginal Risk Continues For A Little While Longer For Parts Of The Area

As of 1:04 pm, we have a big shield of light to moderate rain falling on a good portion of Central Alabama with some dry slots showing up over a few parts of the east and southeastern parts of the area. There is a back edge of the rainfall that has made it through the extreme western parts of North Alabama and the extreme northwestern parts of Central Alabama where rainfall should be over for a while. Unfortunately, models do have a few more showers forming back to the west that will move through later today and tonight.

Temperatures were in the upper 50s to the mid-60s across the area. The warm spots were Montgomery and Auburn at 65 degrees while the cool spots were Gadsden and Haleyville at 58 degrees. Birmingham was at 60 degrees.

The above animation is from the 12z run of the high-resolution NAM showing the simulated radar from 12 pm today through 12 am Sunday. Rain will stay in the forecast through the rest of the afternoon and evening hours before the coverage really starts to slack off. It looks like another smaller wave of showers will move through the area during the overnight hours, and we could have a few isolated to scattered lingering showers over the north and northeastern parts of the area through a good portion of Saturday. Tonight’s lows will dip down into the lower 40s to the mid-50s across, while Saturday’s highs will only be in the upper 40s to the lower 60s.

The Storm Prediction Center continues with a Marginal Risk for severe storms over the southeastern portions of Central Alabama, but the cold front has now progressed into the far southeastern corner of the area. Once it passes through and moves into Georgia, the threat will come to an end. While an isolated damaging wind gust or two up to 60 MPH and a brief tornado remains possible, the lack of surface instability is really keeping those threats in check.

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