Frosty Friday morning, rainy and warmer for Christmas Eve

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The same breeze that added a slight chill to the air on a beautiful sunny Thursday afternoon tumbles temperatures into the thirties tonight.

Thursday evening in Huntsville

Thursday evening in Huntsville

Scattered frost becomes likely after midnight as the thermometer drops to the 30-35ºF range by sunrise.

In spite of a cold start, Friday looks nice early on! We start in the 30s and quickly warm to near 60ºF with a southeast wind and gradually-increasing clouds. The breeze may peak close to 20 mph by mid-afternoon, and that southeast direction means it’s bringing in moisture and setting the stage for some rain this weekend.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Be careful how you decipher the Christmas Eve forecast; it’s not going to be a wash-out for every county in the Tennessee Valley. That’s important for planning purposes because we have an 80% chance of rainfall at or greater than 0.10” on the Seven Day Forecast, but one number does not tell you the whole story. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s the current idea of where rain is *most* likely Saturday:

Saturday (Christmas Eve) chance of rain

Saturday (Christmas Eve) chance of rain

Live Alert 19 can keep you updated if you are traveling as well; just change the current location to a particular city, and you’ll get updated, accurate information for that destination!

The rain moves out by 6 PM Saturday, and warm air takes over. Christmas Eve church services around the Valley may have to deal with a few lingering showers, but most will have no weather issues.

Christmas morning, we’ll wake up to temperatures in the mid-50s and – get this – make a run at a record high in the afternoon. The record is 73ºF set in 1987; we’ll be within striking distance of tying or breaking that one!

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Need some specifics about the weekend or next week? They’re always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in the “Daily Forecast” section on Live Alert 19!  Live Alert 19 also travels with you; if you are headed anywhere other than ‘home’ for Christmas, change your settings to either ‘current location’ or to your destination for forecasts and any severe/winter weather alerts that may be required for that spot.