As we head into the first weekend of the New Year, we are looking at clouds increasing ahead of a “weather system that will bring rain to the Deep South late this afternoon and tonight,” said James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist.

The timing for widespread rain across Alabama starts this afternoon around 4 p.m. and goes until Saturday at 4 a.m.

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Next Chance for Rain

Much-needed rain returns to Alabama Monday evening into Tuesday with rain and thunderstorms. Those in the southern third of Alabama should stay aware as the Storm Prediction Center has issued a risk of severe thunderstorms for that area. In addition, gradient winds are expected to reach up to 40 mph. Also, we are monitoring the chance for rain on Friday, January 12.

Drought Monitor

The drought situation in Alabama is improving, but there is still a concern. However, “Rain amounts across Alabama are expected to be in the 3–4-inch rain range over the next seven days, which will put a big dent in the drought,” said Spann.

Gulf Coast Concerns

Those traveling to the Gulf Coast area should be aware there is a marginal risk from the Storm Prediction Center for severe thunderstorms tonight. Spann said that a “few storms could produce strong gusty winds. But, with limited instability, the overall threat is low."

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