Temperatures remain in the 40s through Sunday morning as warm, humid air continues to surge into north Alabama and south middle Tennessee. That is setting us up for a soaking rain to move through.
The heaviest rain comes during the early morning hours of Sunday. Anyone wanting to head out early on Sunday should be grab the umbrella and be aware that roads will be wet. Several hour of rain should leave us with a good .5″-1″ of rain.
Rain will taper off around noontime as a cold front sweeps through Alabama. That will leave us cloudy, cool, and breezy for Sunday afternoon.
Drought Development Possible: The rain is certainly welcome: January 2018 was the fifth driest on record for the city of Huntsville, with only 1.52 inches of rainfall making it into the official climatological bucket (average for the month is 4.89 inches).
December 2017 also marked a very dry period for the region, and combined with the two dry months, severe drought conditions are developing in northeastern Alabama.
February is starting off with a few good chances of rain in sight. Seven-day rainfall potential is in the neighborhood of two to three inches. That would go a long way in helping stave off drought conditions this month.