Our next rain maker arrives Friday
We've enjoyed some sunshine, and temperatures have been on a slow upward climb over the past couple of days. We have one more day of that before rain arrives.
This evening will be mostly clear. Temperatures will drop through the 40s this evening and briefly into the upper 30s just before sunrise Thursday. High clouds will arrive by sunrise Thursday, but we will still have some sunny breaks. Temperatures will warm toward 60 degrees by noon and into the mid-60s through 3 PM. Clouds will increase after sunset Thursday in advance of rain approaching for Friday.
New data Wednesday afternoon indicates some potential change in timing. Some data still support a midnight to 3 AM arrival. That's an at-the-earliest forecast. More likely, rain will begin increasing between 10 AM and noon on Friday in our northern areas - Philadelphia, Louisville, Nanih Waiya, Macon, and Choctaw. That leaves the morning drive dry. From noon to 2 PM, rain will increase along I-25 - around Meridian, Livingston, DeKalb, Decatur, Newton, and Geiger. Rain will fade in our northern areas between 2 PM and 4 PM as it moves into areas south of I-25 - Demopolis, Butler, York, Quitman, Enterprise, and Bay Springs. The rain will mostly end by 6 PM, and any lingering rain will be gone by 8 PM. Keep in mind the timing may adjust a bit as new data settles on a trend.
That means the WTOK Toython will have some rainy times. The early part of the day and the evening may be the driest periods. Christmas On The River evens in Demopolis will also be rainy, especially after 2 PM on Friday. Saturday's Jingle Bell 5K, the Christmas On The River Parade, and the Nautical Parade on the Tombigbee River will be cloudy, but weather should hold up.
Low clouds through the weekend can mean an occasional spritz of light rain, but most of us will stay dry. Another round of heavy rain and thunder is on track to arrive late Monday afternoon and evening and fall through Tuesday morning before much colder air arrives Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. Timing is subject to change for this rain. We will fine tune the timing for you as we get closer in time and have more data to work with.