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Cloudy and chilly today. Rain returns for tonight and Thursday. Colder this weekend.


Cloudy, drizzly, dreary weather is situated across the Tennessee Valley this Wednesday afternoon thanks to the cold front that moved through our area last night. That cold front is down over central Alabama and Mississippi and will be moving back north as a warm front as we head into the day on Thursday. Meanwhile, we have temperatures generally in the low to mid 40s across area area this afternoon, although a few spots south of the Tennessee River in north Alabama have snuck into the upper 40s and lower 50s, and a few spots near Highway 412 in middle Tennessee are still holding in the mid to upper 30s.


As we head late in the day and toward the evening, showers back in Mississippi look to work back northeastward into the area. These will become more numerous during the later evening and overnight, but even then, it won't be a steady all-night rain. These waves of showers and a few embedded rumbles of thunder will continue at times into Thursday morning. Temperatures hold near the low to mid 40s from the evening, and not really getting out of the upper 30s and lower 40s for overnight lows. The front comes back north as a warm front Thursday. We may great break in some of the rainy action for a time on Thursday, and temperatures climb into the lower 60s. As we head into the evening, the cold front swings back through, and this looks to bring a round of locally heavy rain and a few thunderstorms to the area. We don't anticipate any severe storms as this happens, but heavy rainfall may lead to additional flooding concerns. That activity is moving out by early Friday morning as the cold front moves into the area with cooler and drier air to follow.


Temperatures are down to the upper 40s and lower 50s for daytime highs on Friday behind the front with only gradually clearing cloud cover by afternoon. A second disturbance rides through the southwest flow aloft Friday night into Saturday morning. That may lead to a shower or a snow flurry, but we don't expect any issues or travel problems there. We warm into the mid 40s by Saturday afternoon, and then yet another disturbance embedded in the flow brings a chance of showers to the area Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday morning. Earlier indications had indicated maybe a snowflake mixing in with this, but temperature profiles have trended warmer, and this now looks to be all rain. Temperatures by Sunday and Monday start to moderate back into the 50s for daytime highs.

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