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DELIGHTFUL AFTERNOON: After a morning featuring temperatures as cold as 17 degrees in Alabama, the dry air has warmed very nicely this afternoon; most places are reporting temperatures in the 55-62 degree range with sunshine in full supply. But, temperatures will drop quickly tonight, and most places will see another freeze early tomorrow.
But, the warm-up continues tomorrow afternoon as we reach the low 60s with a sunny sky.
SHOWERS RETURN THIS WEEKEND: Not much change in the overall thinking for the weekend. The day Saturday should be generally dry with a high in the mid 60s, but clouds should increase, especially late in the day. Then, periods of rain are likely Sunday and Sunday night statewide, with rain amounts around one inch likely. Some thunder is possible Sunday evening, but severe weather is not expected. The rain should end very early Monday, possibly during the pre-dawn hours.
NEXT WEEK: We might see a touch of sunshine Monday afternoon, and the weather will stay relatively pleasant with a high in the 60s. But, on Tuesday, a deep upper trough will swing through. Dynamic cooling with this feature will push temperatures downward, and we might see a little light rain or drizzle. We could very well have a hard time getting out of the 40s if the ECMWF verifies. A snow flake or two is possible to the north over East Tennessee, but for now it doesn’t look like a big deal there.
Wednesday will be mostly sunny with a high in the low 60s. Another approaching front could bring a few showers toward the end of the week, Thursday night or Friday.
CHRISTMAS WEATHER IDEAS: The GFS is very persistent with the idea of dry and cold weather in the December 23-25 time frame; see the Weather Xtreme video for a day by day look at weather around the big day.
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