Monday Morning, December 22, 2014
Meteorologist Jake Reed

It’s a cool start to the day– temperatures have dropped into the middle and upper 40s to near 50 degrees, but a steady southerly wind is keeping a slight chill in the air. In areas sheltered from wind, there could be some areas of fog to start the day as the low levels are growing increasingly more moist. The sky is overcast now, and conditions today favor more clouds than sun.

Temperatures will rise into the mid-50s by afternoon, but the steady south breeze and clouds will keep temperatures steady (if not slightly increasing) overnight into early Tuesday. Tomorrow will be a mild, breezy day with rain and storms arriving by afternoon, and lasting through Wednesday morning– some spots could easily pick up more than two inches of rain.

Widespread Showers, Storms Late Tuesday/Early Wednesday:  Some sporadic light showers appear possible as early as Tuesday morning, but the better chances arrive in the afternoon as showers and occasional storms become more numerous. The peak of the rain will likely occur between late afternoon and midnight Tuesday.  The highest threat for severe weather on Tuesday will exist south of the Tennessee Valley-closer to the Gulf Coast- but we will still be on guard for some stronger storms in North Alabama/Southern-Middle Tennessee. Bottom Line:  It’s easy to “check out”  during the holidays, but stay tuned to the weather as you make your last-minute holiday preparations on Tuesday.

MONDAY:  Mainly cloudy with areas of drizzle in the morning; breezy. High: 57. Wind: SE 10-20. Rain: 10%.

TUESDAY: Becoming mostly cloudy. More showers and a few t’storms likely; some could be strong. High: 66. Wind: SW 12-22. Rain: 60%.

CHRISTMAS EVE (WEDNESDAY): Rain and storms mainly in the morning; breezy with some afternoon clearing possible. High: 53. Wind: NW 15-30. Rain: 50%.

CHRISTMAS DAY (THURSDAY): Partly to mostly sunny. Cool and dry. High: 49. Wind: WSW 7-14.

FRIDAY: Increasing clouds. High: 58. Wind: SW 10-15.

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