After nearly a month with no appreciable precipitation, rain will descend on the Alexander City area beginning today and persisting into Monday, according to the National Weather Service office in Birmingham.
NWS meteorologist Daniel Martin said Alex City had gone 24 straight days with no measurable rainfall until Wednesday.
“We’ve been under a high-pressure ridge for 2½ to three weeks,” Martin said. “Thankfully the river levels have not fallen much. But we’re going to get some much-needed rainfall this weekend. It’s coming at just the right time because we’ve dried out a lot.”
Martin said 3 to 5 inches of rain could accumulate in Alex City today to Monday due to a tropical low-pressure system in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico expected to move northeast.
“The low is expected to move up into Texas and get caught in an upper-level flow and go east, bringing a lot of tropical moisture with it,” Martin said.
The NWS predicts a 60% chance of rain in Alex City today, increasing to 80% Friday and Saturday then falling to 60% Sunday and Monday.
“It will be more widespread and off and on,” Martin said. “The rain could be heavy at times. We could get some breaks in the rain though.”
The mini-drought came after Alex City finished 2018 with nearly a foot above normal rainfall.
Breaks in the rain would be good news for those planning to attend the nine-day Sun Festival in Alex City which begins today.