Rain Moving In… Strong Storms Wednesday… Sunday Forecast Update — 6:30pm

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Cloud cover quickly moved in today, keeping us in the 50’s this afternoon. These clouds aren’t moving out anytime soon as rain joins the fun tomorrow. A mild night tonight with temperatures dropping into the mid and upper 40’s.

The rain arrives shortly after lunch tomorrow as temperatures creep a little higher, into the low 60’s. A warm front will move up from the Gulf overnight, holding temperatures pretty steady Monday night. We’ll see a low in the upper 50’s, likely occurring before midnight. Rain showers continue into the day on Tuesday as warm air continues to surge north. High’s Tuesday will be back near 70°. There could be a few breaks in the rain as we head into Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, another wave of energy brings even more moisture and warm air into the Deep South. However, with this round, there will be enough instability in the atmosphere for storms to develop. We are watching Wednesday’s weather carefully as there is potential for some strong to severe storms Wednesday afternoon and evening. This all comes on a very busy travel day, so if you are planning on leaving town on Wednesday, please keep an eye on the weather and with us as we will make sure you are prepared for the weather, whatever your plans may be.

The storms will linger into Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Christmas Eve will have a decreased chance for rain, but there will be a few showers because we won’t get rid of the tropical moisture after Wednesday. We will stay in the warm atmosphere through the weekend, meaning there are some rain chances Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and into the weekend. Temperatures will remain very warm, 15-20° above the average high this time of year in the mid 50’s. Christmas Day will be in the mid 70’s.

Next Sunday, another big wave bringing storms moves through. This one will bring plenty of rain with it as well. Really, the next week is very wet. The Weather Prediction Center (WPC) is suggesting we could see 3-5 inches of rain for the upcoming week. The ground will certainly be well saturated after this week.

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Peter Crank
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