RAIN RETURNS EARLY TOMORROW: Today will be dry across Alabama; with a partly sunny sky we expect a high in the mid 50s, right at seasonal values for mid-December. Clouds will increase this afternoon, and an upper trough will push light rain into the state after midnight tonight. The main window for rain comes from about 3:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon tomorrow; amounts should be 1/2 inch or less for most communities, and we are not expecting any thunder with a cool, stable airmass. Many North Alabama communities won’t get out of the 40s tomorrow.
Thursday and Friday will be dry with a good supply of sunshine both days; the high Thursday will be in the upper 40s, followed by mid 50s Friday. Early morning lows will be below freezing… the coldest morning will come early Friday with lows well down in the 20s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Clouds will return to the state Saturday, and a disturbance will bring the chance of some light rain to the state at times. For now, the best chance of rain seems to be late Saturday afternoon, Saturday night, and early Sunday. Moisture will be very limited, and rain amounts should be 1/4″ or less for most places. Highs will be in the mid to upper 50s both days.
CHRISTMAS WEEK: For now, much of next week looks dry with seasonal temperatures; highs mostly in the 50s and lows in the 30s. The reliable European global model goes hint at some risk of rain Thursday with a passing cold front, but for now see no high impact weather events for Alabama and the Deep South next week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
MAJOR EASTERN U.S. SNOW STORM: The system that will bring rain to Alabama tomorrow morning will become a major snow producer as it gains latitude. A high impact winter storm is likely from parts of Virginia and West Virginia into New England tomorrow through Thursday morning; some spots will see one to two feet of snow, including New York City.
ON THIS DATE IN 1992: Cyclone John hit the sparsely populated northwest coast of Australia with winds gusting to 185 mph. John was the strongest cyclone to hit Australia in over 100 years.
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