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Mild Christmas Weekend Ahead

| December 24, 2021 @ 5:38 am

WARMING TREND CONTINUES THIS AFTERNOON: Temperatures are all over the board early this morning across Alabama… just before sunrise Gadsden is below freezing at 29, but just 50 miles to the southwest Birmingham reports 48 degrees. The sky will be partly to mostly sunny today, and the warming trend resumes this afternoon we expect a high in the mid to upper 60s. The average high for Birmingham on December 24 is 55.

The sky becomes mostly cloudy late tonight… the low early tomorrow morning will be in the 50s.

Christmas Day tomorrow will be unseasonably mild… with a mix of sun and clouds we project a high in the 70-74 degree range. This isn’t too far away from the record high for December 24, 78, set in 2016. Temperatures have exceeded 70 degrees on Christmas Day in Birmingam ten times since 1900.

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

Moisture levels will rise, and we can’t rule out a rogue afternoon shower in a couple of spots tomorrow, but most communities will remain dry. Then, on Sunday, the sky will be occasionally cloudy, and a few isolated showers are possible during the afternoon and evening hours. The chance of any one spot getting wet tomorrow is 10 percent, and 20 percent Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: The weather stays mild, with highs exceeding 70 degrees Monday through Thursday… upper 60s are expected Friday. Monday looks dry, but we will bring in a chance of showers on a daily basis Tuesday through Thursday as a surface cold front tries to push into the Deep South. A few thunderstorms could be involved as there will be some surface based instability, but at the moment the risk of severe storms looks low. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Auburn will take on Houston in the Birmingham Bowl Tuesday (11a CT kickoff at Protective Stadium)… the sky will be mostly cloudy with a passing shower or two possible during the game. Temperatures will rise from near 68 at kickoff into the low 70s by the second half.

ON THIS DATE IN 2004: An extremely rare snowstorm impacts southeastern Texas on this day. Corpus Christi International Airport officially measured 4.4 inches from this event. This was their second white Christmas ever recorded in Corpus Christi. The other white Christmas occurred in 1918 when 0.1 inches was reported.

ON THIS DATE IN 2015: Two brief EF-0 tornadoes touched down in Barbour County, in Southeast Alabama. The following day, an EF-2 tornado would touch down on Christmas Day in Midfield and the southwest part of Birmingham, which impacted approximately 50 homes, many of which sustained varying degrees of roof damage and 15 of which were left uninhabitable due to heavy damage. Two of these small homes were nearly flattened. Many trees were snapped or uprooted along the path as well. Two people were injured.

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We are on a holiday schedule, so just one video today… but I will post fresh forecast notes here this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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