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We’ll start off the day today with mainly sunny skies, but clouds with an approaching cold front will move in and build throughout the daytime hours today. Light shower activity will start to move in this evening and will keep rain chances in the forecast for the late-night through the overnight hours. Highs will be in the 50s.
For tomorrow, we’ll continue to have a small chance of a few light showers through the daylight hours, especially over the eastern half of the area. All shower activity will be out of the area by tomorrow night. Highs will be in the lower 50s to the lower 60s.
The beginning to next week will start off dry with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid-50s to the lower 60s on Monday. Tuesday will feature near maximum sunshine with highs in the upper 50s to the lower 60s.
Wednesday will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 50s to the mid-60s. A strong low will be near the Great Lakes over Minnesota and Wisconsin and an associated cold front will be moving in our direction. Rain chances will move into the western parts of Central Alabama during the evening hours, with those chances continuing through the night.
Christmas Eve will be an eventful day as this cold front will move through the area. The GFS is showing all rain to start with at 12:00 am with temperatures staying above freezing. Just a few hours later, temperatures begin to plummet across the area and snow showers look to become possible north and west of I-59. The front continues to push rather quickly across the area and by daybreak, the western portions will be drying out with much colder air moving in. By 9:00 am, much of the activity will be out of the area with flurries possible over the extreme eastern parts of the area. By midday, nearly all of it will be gone other than a few flurries possible in the northeast corner of the state.
HOWEVER… The European model is having none of that and is keeping all precipitation as rain throughout the entire event. So we are still having some inconsistencies in the forecast. No matter the case, temperatures will be very cold behind the front as highs will take place more than likely at midnight in the mid-40s to the lower 50s, likely dropping into the upper 30s to the lower 50s by daybreak, and eventually into the lower 20 to the lower 30s for the low early on Christmas morning. If there are any wet spots remaining once we lose the sunshine, slick spots will be likely to develop. We’ll keep you updated.
At this point, Christmas Day is now trending not as cold as we’ll have plenty of sunshine with only a few clouds. Highs will be in the 40s across the area.
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Scott Martin is an operational meteorologist, professional graphic artist, musician, husband, and father. Not only is Scott a member of the National Weather Association, but he is also the Central Alabama Chapter of the NWA president. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides forecasts for many racing series across the USA. He also supplies forecasts for the BassMaster Elite Series events including the BassMaster Classic.