Rain Moving In And Sticking Around For Monday. Sunday Forecast Update, 6:15 PM. #wxal @wvua23

7 Day -SHELTON STATE Forecast - Offset Lows - PM1.pngGood Sunday evening! Clouds trickled in throughout today as temperatures tried to warm, which eventually topped off between the mid 40’s to low 50’s. Tonight, clouds continue to funnel in from the west as rain is currently starting to slide over the state line. Rain will last overnight and into the day Monday. The National Weather Service did issue a winter weather advisory for Cherokee, Etowah, and Calhoun Counties. This is because there will be a fine line between temperatures either being too warm or cold enough for freezing rain to develop, before warm air from the south can funnel in. My thoughts are that we will remain too warm though. Rain is arriving earlier than expected and the cloud cover from it will help hold in warmer air. That warmer air will help prevent freezing rain from occurring. Should we get any freezing rain in those few counties, accumulations will be very low and only minimal travel issues could occur. Everyone else will just receive a “lovely” cold rain.

Tomorrow, rain will last for a good chunk of the day, but the brunt of it will occur in the morning, especially for west Alabama. In the afternoon, it will become more of a passing shower event with periods of no rain. By Monday night, rain chances end from west to east; however, clouds will not be moving out. Instead, they will be sticking with us.

Tuesday will remain dry and be fairly mild with a southerly wind helping bring in warmer air from our south. Moisture will be present in the mid levels and that will feed a broken blanket of clouds over Alabama. That said, there will be cloudy conditions at times, but there will also be times of sunshine. Wednesday, moisture starts to fill more through the atmosphere and we could see a few very stray showers, specifically for those south of the I-20 line. Thursday and Friday have a new trough arrive. It will bring a second dose of rain for the work week with it starting Thursday and lasting into Friday. Current timing looks to bring it later Thursday, most of it coming Thursday night, and then coming to an end early Friday.

The trough that exits Friday will bring cooler weather for the weekend, reminding us after the brief spell of mild weather that we are still in Winter. Both days will remain sunny though! Likely wind chills will be cooler with windy conditions from the north.

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