Cool With Some Rain For Central/South Alabama Tonight/Tomorrow

| December 20, 2021 @ 5:52 am

COOL WITH SOME RAIN AHEAD: Temperatures are at or below freezing across parts of North/Central Alabama early this morning… here are some reports just before sunrise…

Cullman 28
Gadsden 29
Haleyville 29
Huntsville 31
Decatur 31
Hueytown 31
Talladega 31
Pell City 32
Muscle Shoals 32
Albertville 32
Birmingham 33
Northport 33
Anniston 34
Tuscaloosa 34
Montgomery 41
Mobile 41
Dothan 45

Clouds will increase across Alabama today as a surface low develops in the Gulf of Mexico. Rain is likely tonight and tomorrow mainly for the southern 2/3 of the state; heaviest rain will be south and east of Montgomery. Otherwise, the weather will be cloudy and cool with a high in the mid 50s today, and low 50s tomorrow. Parts of North Alabama won’t get out of the 40s tomorrow afternoon.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Wednesday will be a partly to mostly sunny day with a high in the mid 60s. Then, expect sunny weather Thursday and Friday with warmer afternoon… the high Thursday will be close to 60, followed by mid to upper 60s Friday.

CHRISTMAS DAY: Christmas Day will be mild with a high between 65 and 70 degrees.. we expect a mix of sun and clouds with some potential for few brief, isolated showers as moisture levels will increase a bit.

Here are the years (ten of them since 1900) when temperatures have reached 70 degrees on December 25 at Birmingham…

2016 78
2015 77
1987 74
1982 73
1942 73
1964 72
1926 71
1922 71
2019 70
1901 70

Safe to say we won’t have a snow threat this year on Christmas Day, unlike 2010 when parts of the state had over 5 inches of snow on the ground December 25. Temperatures this year on Christmas will be below average over the western third of the nation, and the weather looks brutally cold over the western half of Canada.

SUNDAY AND NEXT WEEK: At this point the weather looks mild and mostly dry Sunday and through most of next week as an upper ridge persists across the Deep South… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1836: A famous “sudden freeze” occurred in central Illinois. A cold front with 70 mph winds swept through around Noon, dropping the temperature from 40 degrees to near zero in a matter of minutes. Many settlers froze to death. Folklore told of chickens frozen in their tracks and men frozen to saddles. Ice in streams reportedly froze to six inches in a few hours.

ON THIS DATE IN 2012: A pre-dawn EF-1 tornado moved through the western part of Mobile. The tornado formed around 449am CST near Davidson High School, and lifted near Telegraph Road in Prichard. The tornado path was approximately 7 miles in length and 50 to 75 yards in width.

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