Happy Friday! We have some big changes in the forecast as we head into the weekend. An upper level low pressure system in the SW United States will push into a frontal boundary that will form a low near the western Gulf. As this low tracks east, moisture will become widespread leading to scattered showers both Saturday and Sunday.
When will the rain start? For the Wiregrass, showers will begin midday Saturday and carry all the way through Monday morning. Above you will see hour-by-hour images of our in-house computer model of when to expect the rain. It will be overcast both Saturday and Sunday and wet at times.
How much rain can we expect? Generally, most areas can expect to see 2-4″ with isolated heavier amounts. River flooding will be a concern for places like the Choctawhatchee River in SE Alabama. Localized flooding will also be a concern on the roadways, so take it easy if you are doing any last minute shopping.
What other impacts can we expect? Rain will be heavy at times and at other periods you can just expect some light drizzle. Winds will also be breezy which we know can lead to some weak trees and power lines coming down. Above you can also find a forecast for approximate wind speeds beginning Saturday morning.
By next week, rain will clear the area and we will be looking at abundant sunshine and see a steady warming trend as highs near the 70 degree mark by Christmas Day. Have a great weekend and stay safe!
-Meteorologist Caroline Coe