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