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A few flurries today? Sunshine for Friday. Rain chances not far away!

We still have a few isolated showers working through the area early on this Thursday morning. This is in association with the actually upper-level portion of the storm system that brought the rain to the area Tuesday night. Elsewhere, we are cloudy early this morning, but the skycams on the Arctic Air Skycam Network show that fog isn't an issue, and visibility is okay. Temperatures early this morning are generally in the mid to upper 30s as of the 2:00 AM hour.

Here's the local area Futurecast breakdown for the next 48 hours. You can scroll through the images above to work through the timeline. Clouds will hang tough through the morning and midday, and we may see a few isolated showers or even a few snow flurries from time to time. PLEASE note that we are only talking about the possibility of isolated flurries here and there. No impacts or anything like that. Temperatures start out at daybreak in the low or middle 30s, but we start seeing a bit of sunshine from south to north by midday and the afternoon. This allows northwest Alabama to warm into the lower 40s and southern middle Tennessee to warm into the upper 30s. Clouds continue to clear tonight, and with winds finally slacking down some, that will allow temperatures overnight to drop into the mid to upper 20s in most places for overnight lows.

Friday will feature much more in the way of sunshine, and with winds starting to become more southerly to southwesterly, we expect moderating temperatures. Daytime highs look to reach the upper 40s and lower 50s areawide by afternoon. Skies stay mostly clear Friday night, and overnight lows drop into the lower 30s, although we can't rule out a 28 or 29 here and there.

Friday's sunny weather is short lived, and weather changes begin to take shape on Saturday. The morning and even midday hours look to still have a good bit of sun, but clouds quickly work in during the afternoon and evening, and a few showers start moving in near and after 10:00 PM to Midnight on Saturday night. By the morning hours of Sunday, rain will be fairly widespread across the area, and there could be a few heavy downpours. The bulk of the steady rain will be during the first half of Sunday, with lingering showers into the afternoon and Sunday evening. We get a break on Monday before a series of disturbances start riding up the front and begin to increase our rain chances again by late Monday night and heading into Tuesday. There may be an extended period of wet weather off and on between Tuesday and Thursday of next week. For now, it looks like any potential for wintry weather stays off to our northwest, but we will be watching the position of that arctic front closely next week in case that tries to change. It's sometimes hard to gauge the exact position of shallow arctic air this far in advance, but for right now, we look warm enough to be all rain next week.

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