Later this week you will be trading your winter coats and snow shoes for shorts and flip-flops, as temperatures climb into the upper 60s for daytime highs. Then, there may be a few showers to ring in the new year.

The weather pattern is about to take a flip later this week, as we turn much warmer than where we have been. Temperatures later in the week will climb to some 10 to 15 degrees above normal! Highs by Thursday will reach into the low 60s, with upper 60s possible by Saturday and Sunday.

This warmer weather also ushers in more moisture across our area. This combined with our next frontal system will lead to showers and maybe some rumbles of thunder over the New Year holiday weekend. Rainfall totals for Friday through Sunday look to come in close to one inch, with some locally higher amounts possible.

This month has been wet with almost six inches of rain in both Huntsville and Muscle Shoals. This puts us over our normal monthly rainfall totals by 0.61 inches in Muscel Shoals and by 0.40 inches in Huntsville. With more rain on the way just before we close out the year, it is likely that we will close out December with above-average rainfall.

Stay with The Weather Authority for the latest on this upcoming pattern change.