I hope you’re having a great Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, the weather looks wet for the rest of tonight and into tomorrow. Some spots south of Interstates 20/59 could see up to two inches of rain from this storm system. It’s a real soaker. We will all see rain developing tonight from south to north. We think there will be a break in the precipitation tomorrow afternoon, before we get into the back side of the storm and it’s wrap-around moisture… which will mix with much colder air. That being said, we also expect some of us the chance to see some snow mix with the rain Monday night. We are not expecting any accumulation, but it will be nice to see! The best chance for this happening is north and west of Interstate 20/59. If you do happen to encounter some of that snow, do be careful. While it won’t stick much, it will help make the roads a little slick in spots.
The winds will be howling at times starting tonight through Christmas day into Tuesday… so hang on to your hats!
Here is the National Weather Service in Birmingham’s Hazardous Weather outlook:
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE COUNTIES SERVED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN BIRMINGHAM.
.DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT.
PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN MAY CAUSE LOCALIZED FLOODING AFTER 9 PM CST… MAINLY SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 20 AND EAST OF INTERSTATE 65…WITH THE APPROACH OF A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM. WIDESPREAD ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAINFALL CAN BE EXPECTED TONIGHT.
IN ADDITION…WINDS WILL INCREASE TONIGHT. EAST WINDS 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH ARE POSSIBLE. A LAKE WIND ADVISORY MAY BE NEEDED.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…CHRISTMAS DAY THROUGH SATURDAY.
PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND POSSIBLE FLOODING WILL CONTINUE UNTIL NOON CST CHRISTMAS DAY…ESPECIALLY EAST OF INTERSTATE 65 AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 20. THIS WILL RESULT IN PONDING OF WATER ON ROADS AND IN LOW LYING AREAS…AND DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS.
AFTER A LULL IN THE PRECIPITATION MONDAY AFTERNOON…ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM WILL BRING COLD AIR INTO THE REGION AND THE POSSIBILITY OF SNOW AFTER DARK MONDAY…MAINLY NORTH OF A VERNON…JASPER… GADSDEN…CENTRE LINE. THE GROUND IS CURRENTLY VERY WARM…AND NO ACCUMULATION IS ANTICIPATED. HOWEVER…IF THE PRECIPITATION BECOMES HEAVIER THAN EXPECTED…SOME BRIEF ACCUMULATIONS MAY OCCUR ON GRASSY AREAS.
GUSTY WINDS UP TO 30 MPH ARE POSSIBLE CHRISTMAS DAY THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON. A LAKE WIND ADVISORY MAY BE NEEDED.
A reminder! There is no newscast tonight at 10, or tomorrow at 12, 5 or 6 p.m., so most of us from the TV station can be with our families and friends for the holiday. We will be on at 10 o’clock Christmas night with news, weather and sports.