Gradual clearing, sharply cooler

Weather

Wow, what a difference 24 hours makes! A northerly, cold breeze kept our temperatures in the 40s today. That’s a 30 degree drop for most locations compared to yesterday! This cold air also kept our temperatures below seasonal averages for this time of year. 

Cloud cover was stubborn today. And overnight, the sky will remain mostly cloudy. Remember, cloud cover can act like a blanket and trap in heat from the day and not let the temperature dip too far overnight. Expect temperatures in the low to mid 30s overnight.

MONDAY: Another cold start to the day with the temperature back to where it should be this time of year. The day will start out in the low to mid 30s. And it’ll warm to the upper 50s with a mostly cloudy sky by the afternoon. 

TUESDAY: Tuesday is the winter solstice, marking the official start to winter. From here, the time of daylight we see will slowly get longer and longer. Our next system is forming off to our west in Texas and will track through the Deep South on Tuesday. We are going to remain north of the low. This means our winds will remain mostly out of the north and keep our temperatures cool. The majority of the rain will be for the southern half of the state. But, showers could creep up to the Interstate 20 corridor. 

Rain will clear the area by Wednesday and a drier pattern will follow into the Christmas holiday. A ridge of high pressure will form over the Southeast. High pressure will mean a quiet weather pattern and more mild temperatures. 

CHRISTMAS: So far, it looks like the weather will be quiet for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Models are hinting at a major warmup for Christmas. Christmas Eve (Friday) we will be in the mid 60s with a mostly sunny sky. And by Christmas, we could be closer to 70 degrees. For now, the holiday should remain rain free. But, there is a slight chance for a stray shower in North Alabama on Christmas Day. 

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