Soaking rains blessed the Valley with as much as 0.65″ to 1″ of rainfall late Saturday and early Sunday, and now the clouds are exiting the region as well.
With that said, another cold front is dropping south from the Ohio River Valley into the Tennessee Valley.
Very little (if any) moisture is associated with the front, so no rain or snow is expected to fall in the region when it passes through. Behind it, a blast of cold air will knock temperatures down into the mid-20s at the crack of dawn on Monday.
We’ll continue to feel the impact of the front Monday afternoon as northerly winds continue to usher chilly air into north Alabama and southern Tennessee. Highs will struggle to climb into the mid-40s for daytime highs.
By Monday evening, temperatures will fall into the low 30s, but the wind will shift and blow from the southeast, allowing more humid air to arrive into the region. Clouds will return late Monday night through Tuesday morning ahead of our next rain maker that will soak the region Tuesday night through Wednesday.
Temperature Swings Aplenty: Monday will be a chilly day, but it won’t stay that way for long! Highs Monday will only warm into the 40s, but we’ll jump back into the 50s Tuesday and Wednesday.
The warm up comes with a catch though; another wave of rain moves through Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. That likely causes temperatures to drop from the 50s Wednesday morning into the 40s Wednesday afternoon.
The Valley has the opportunity to “dry out” Thursday and Friday before yet a third round of heavy rain arrives Saturday through Monday.
Over the course of the next seven days, as much as 1.5″ to 2.5″ inches is likely to fall in north Alabama and south middle Tennessee. If this forecast verifies, it would significantly alleviate the rainfall deficit that has built over the course of the first 5 weeks of 2018, but it would only be a quarter of the rain missing that the Valley is missing from November 2017 through January 2018.