Special Weather Statement

The weather service just issued a special weather statement reffering to the wintry weather mentioned in our discussion…

…RAIN AND SNOW MIX EXPECTED TO IMPACT HOLIDAY TRAVEL…WEATHER CONDITIONS IN AND AROUND CENTRAL ALABAMA WILL RESULT IN
POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS FROM CHRISTMAS EVE…
THROUGH CHRISTMAS…AND INTO TUESDAY MORNING. TRAVELERS SHOULD BE
PREPARED FOR A RANGE OF WET…AND POSSIBLY WINTRY CONDITIONS ACROSS
THE SOUTHEAST.

A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL DEVELOP IN THE GULF OF MEXICO AND MOVE
NORTHEAST DURING THE DAY ON SUNDAY. AS THE LOW APPROACHES CHRISTMAS
EVE…STEADY RAIN IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP…AND WILL CAUSE ROADWAYS
TO BECOME WET ACROSS THE AREA. CHRISTMAS DAY…WIDESPREAD RAINFALL
IS EXPECTED. LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL OF OVER ONE INCH OF RAIN
POSSIBLE CHRISTMAS DAY…WHICH WILL CAUSE STANDING WATER ON ROADS. BY
THE EVENING HOURS ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT…THIS RAIN COULD CHANGE OVER TO
WET SNOW…ESPECIALLY FOR LOCATIONS WELL TO THE NORTH AND WEST OF
BIRMINGHAM. ALTHOUGH SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE NOT EXPECTED AT THIS
TIME IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…ANY SNOWFALL WILL CREATE VERY DANGEROUS
DRIVING CONDITIONS. IN ADDITION TO A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW CHRISTMAS
NIGHT…WINDS WILL BE STEADY AT 15 TO 25 MILES PER HOUR…CREATING
WIND CHILLS IN THE MIDDLE 20S.

UNDER THESE CONDITIONS…AND WITH THE EXPECTED VOLUME OF TRAFFIC FROM
THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY…EXPECT LONGER TRAVEL TIMES. IF YOU MUST
TRAVEL…BE PREPARED FOR ANY UNEXPECTED OCCURRENCES. BLANKETS…HATS
AND GLOVES…A HEAVY JACKET…FLASHLIGHT AND A FIRST AID KIT ARE
GOOD ITEMS TO CARRY WITH YOU. ALSO ENSURE CELL PHONES ARE FULLY
CHARGED…AND LET FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS KNOW YOUR TRAVEL PLANS.

TRAVELERS SHOULD STAY TUNED TO LOCAL MEDIA OR NOAA WEATHER RADIO
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS DEVELOPING WEATHER SYSTEM.

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Saturday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

Precipitation Type Christmas NightConsidering this active weather pattern we’ve been in, today actually turned out to be very nice. Other than some clouds, we had a good dose of sunshine and temperatures made a pleasant recovery. As I glance over at the latest infrared satellite imagery I’m noticing our next rain maker getting its act together. Energy diving into Texas will help send a strengthening surface low onto the Gulf Coast, passing southeast of us over the next 72 hours. Clouds will slowly filter in overnight, with lows in the 50s. Tomorrow we will have an increasing breeze out of the northeast and clouds will also thicken.

A cold/steady rain is expected to set in tomorrow night making for a soggy end to our Christmas Eve. This will continue into Christmas morning and the steady rain will gradually taper off. As I’ve been advertising all week long, I still think we’re going to see some snow flakes flying across many West Alabama neighborhoods Monday night!

A deepening upper level trough will allow cold air to dive in quickly by Monday night and even though surface temperatures will be just above freezing in many neighborhoods. A deep layer of cold air in the atmosphere will allow for some snow flakes to reach the ground. We will have a few scattered showers through the early evening hours on Christmas and it’s going to be a very cold and windy afternoon. Christmas night we will see some snow flurries or even a brief snow shower depending on how much moisture is present. Will we see any accumulation? As I mentioned before, I don’t see this being anything major, but it sure isn’t out of the question that higher elevations to our northeast may have a brief collection on exposed surfaces such as cars. That’s where the surface temperatures will be at or below freezing. Even though this will not be anything major, it sure has been amazing to see this setup in place for the past several days. Just to have the opportunity for snow flurries on Christmas is very rare for us. During the early morning hours Tuesday we may have some lingering flurries, but this activity will lift out with clouds lingering. Lows Tuesday night will be below freezing.

Wednesday will be a partly sunny day and on Thursday we will have some clouds entering the picture. The data is having a tough time with a storm expected to develop to our south late next week. It’s a little too early to be specific; however, based on recent data, I do think we will have a good chance of a passing shower beginning late Thursday and continuing through early Saturday.

Join us tonight at 10:00 for more details!!

Updated by: Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt