The mix of heavy rains and colder temperatures is causing potential weather problems across Alabama.
The National Weather Service says persistent rains already have caused flash flooding in areas, and it has issued flood warnings for the Tennessee Valley region and west Alabama.
Some parts of north Alabama received up to 3 inches of rain quickly, and forecasters say additional rains will only increase runoff and cause more flooding.
There's a flood watch out for much of central Alabama.
Get out an umbrella: Forecasters say the next few days will be soggy across Alabama.
The National Weather Service says parts of the state could see as much as 5 inches of rain between Friday and early next week, and some areas could receive even more rain in small downpours.
While forecasters aren't predicting severe weather, they say brief periods of heavy rain and strong, gusty winds are both possible. So are rising streams and rivers that could lead to flooding.
High winds have forced the shutdown of the ferry linking Dauphin Island with Alabama's main tourist beaches.
Mobile Bay Ferry operators said they had to suspend service on Wednesday because of gale-force winds.
The National Weather Service has issued a gale warning for the coast. Winds blowing to about 35 mph can churn up Mobile and make ferry operations hazardous.
The service should reopen on Thursday.
The ferry links the eastern end of Dauphin Island with the tip of Fort Morgan in Baldwin County.
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Forecasters say the dry, windy weather is increasing the risk of wildfires in southeast Alabama.
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for the area south and east of a line extending from Autaugaville to Alexander City.
Winds blowing 15 mph will gust up to 30 mph, and the relative humidity is expected to drop as low as 27 percent.
Forecasters say the combination will make it easier for fires to start and spread, so they're recommending against any outdoor burning.