COLD START: Temperatures are in the 25-32 degree range over the northern half of Alabama early this morning with a clear sky. We are seeing 30s deep into South Alabama with a clear sky and light north wind of 5 mph or less. Today will be another sunny day with a high in the 40s over the northern third of the state, with low to mid 50s elsewhere.
Expect another freeze for North/Central Alabama early tomorrow and Thursday morning, and no rain through Friday. Daytime temperatures will be warmer later this week, with most places in the 57-65 degree range by Friday afternoon.
CHRISTMAS WEEKEND: Saturday will be a dry, pleasant day with a mix of sun and clouds. Then, we will introduce the chance of a few showers Sunday with the approach of a weather system that will pull moist air northward into the state. The latest global model guidance suggests the more widespread rain won’t arrive until Sunday night and Christmas Day on Monday. It won’t rain all night Sunday night or all day Monday, but periods of rain are likely with some potential for thunder in spots. No severe storms are expected.
Temperatures will be relatively mild for late December over the weekend with highs in the 60s Saturday and Sunday… communities near the Gulf Coast could touch 70 degrees. For Christmas Day on Monday, highs will be generally in the 58-65 degree range across Alabama with clouds and rain at times.
REST OF NEXT WEEK: Look like we will need to continue some risk of showers on Tuesday and Wednesday… then colder and drier air settles into the state by Thursday and Friday. Still no sign of any bitterly cold Arctic air around here through the end of December. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: For Saturday’s Birmingham Bowl (Troy vs Duke, 11a CT kickoff at Protective Stadium)… the sky will be partly sunny with temperatures rising from near 60 at kickoff into the mid 60s by the final whistle. A very comfortable day.
ON THIS DATE IN 2009: Snowfall totals from 1 to 2 feet were commonplace in what will go down as one of the biggest snowstorms in history on the East Coast and the first of four snowstorms for the Mid-Atlantic during the winter of 2009-10. The 15 inches of snow measured at Reagan International Airport on Dec. 19th was the third-highest daily snowfall on any calendar day at Washington, DC, since snowfall records began in 1884. The total storm snowfall of 16.4 inches on Dec 18-19 2009 marks the 6th highest two-day snowfall record for Washington, DC putting it just below the second President’s Day storm in 2003 and ahead of the Jan 1996 storm.
Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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