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Matt says weather looking great for tonight and Christmas Day

Updated: Dec. 24, 2018 at 11:58 AM CST
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Happy Christmas Eve! After a chilly morning with temperatures in the upper 20s and lower 30s, we have warmed up into the upper 40s and lower 50s with plenty of sunshine. Looking at high temperatures climbing into the low to mid 50s this afternoon. Weather should cooperate for those finishing up some last minute shopping. We’ll likely see temperatures drop into the upper 30s and lower 40s by 7-8 p.m.

Santa Tracker: We’ll be tracking Santa all evening long as he delivers presents. He’ll likely be in the Eastern U.S. somewhere in the 8-11 p.m. time frame. Weather will be mostly clear and chilly. Great weather for him as he travels across the Southeast.

Christmas Day Forecast: No white Christmas, but we will see seasonal temperatures. We’ll wake up with lows in the low to mid 30s and highs in the mid to upper 50s. Overall, looks to be a nice and quiet Christmas. Clouds look to increase on Christmas Day with a 10% chance for an isolated shower in northwest Alabama. Most of us will remain dry.

Next Big Thing: Our next big rainmaker will move in on Thursday giving us widespread showers and perhaps a few rumbles of thunder. Temperatures will climb into the lower 60s ahead of this system, but as of now, the severe threat looks very low. You’ll likely be sick of the rain Thursday, but rain chances look to remain high as we go into Friday. The system moving through will likely stall producing heavy rain at times and even some thunderstorms on Friday (especially in South Alabama).

Rainfall Potential: We could easily record two to three inches of rain Thursday through Saturday. We could see rainfall totals higher in isolated spots. We’ll definitely have to watch out for the potential to see flash flooding.

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