It looks like showers could be a part of Alabama’s Thanksgiving celebrations.
The National Weather Service expects the chance of rain to increase on Thursday and the raindrops could continue into Black Friday. However, there is a great deal of uncertainty as to how the weather could develop on Friday.
The good news is that no heavy rain or thunderstorms are forecast for this week.
Also good: Temperatures are expected to rise every day through Thursday, which is welcome news for many after the past chilly weekend.
Weather Service meteorologists noted that the forecast for the end of the week is more uncertain than usual. That’s because computer models offer different scenarios, especially for Friday. One scenario is that the rain moves through faster on Thursday and is mostly out of the picture by Friday. However, another possible outcome is that it will rain until Black Friday.
Forecasters said the details should come into better focus over the next few days.
Rain is not certain on Thanksgiving, but the chance of rain is forecast for Thursday.
Here’s the 12-hour chance of precipitation from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday:
The chance of rain increases on Thursday evening. Here is the 12-hour chance of precipitation for Alabama from 6:00 p.m. Thursday through 6:00 a.m. Friday:
Mild temperatures are expected for the holidays. Thanksgiving Day highs are expected to range from the low 60s in northern Alabama to the mid 60s to low 70s in central Alabama to the low to mid 70s in southern Alabama (see the forecast map at the top of this post).
Temperatures are expected to cool slightly on Friday and showers could persist, although this is not certain. Here are the forecast highs for Friday:
Expect temperatures, then, to rise a degree or two through Saturday and Sunday, according to weather service forecasts.
And then? NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center expects near-average temperatures in most parts of Alabama for November 26-30. The northwest corner of the state has a 33 to 40 percent chance of having above-average temperatures.
The 8- to 14-day outlook shows better odds of above-average temperatures across the state through December 4th.