Friday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

The visible satellite imagery today clearly reveals the snow that’s made for travel headaches in Denver, CO. The snow totals across parts of that region topped the one-foot mark. The impressive storm responsible for that weather is now spinning northeast. Back here at home the story was a soaking rain. Here are some reported morning totals:

    Selma: 2.45
    Clanton: 2.25
    Centreville: 1.86
    Talladega: 1.27
    Oak Grove: 0.97
    Cordova: 0.96
    Jasper: 0.92
    Tuscaloosa: 0.89
    Livingston: 0.78
    Hamilton: 0.35
    Helena: 0.28

The rain is now gone and the clouds will be slow to break over the next 6-12 hours. Tonight we will have partly to mostly cloudy skies, with lows near 40-degrees. The clouds will break tomorrow allowing for a partly sunny afternoon. This will be good news for the holiday shopping rush. Highs tomorrow will be in the lower 60s and tomorrow night we will cool into the upper 30s.

There will be a lot of clouds around tomorrow night and the clouds will steadily increase throughout the morning of Christmas Eve. This will be in response to developing low pressure over the Gulf of Mexico. Low pressure will eventually pass to our southeast Sunday night and this will spread a cold-light rain into the area. This will continue into Christmas morning, followed by a cold and breezy afternoon. The deeper moisture will depart by midday on Christmas, but trailing upper level energy could spark a shower through Christmas night. A snow shower or snow flurries will be possible Christmas night and early Tuesday as lows reach the freezing point. With that being said, nothing major is expected as far as winter weather in concerned. If anything changes we will be the first to let you know.

Tuesday will be another cold, breezy, and cloudy day, with highs staying in the 40s. We will finally see some sunshine in here by Wednesday afternoon, but this pleasant weather will be brief. Another low-pressure system taking a southern track will spread rain into the area as early as Thursday night. Look for the rain to continue into Friday.

Be sure to tell the little ones to tune in starting at 7:00 on Christmas Eve. At the top of each hour we will be updating you on Santa’s progress as he tracks towards West Alabama. Tune in tonight for more weather details!

Updated by: Chief Meteorlogist Wes Wyatt