Travelers should be weather aware on Christmas Day as a strong storm front is expected to move into the area by Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, those hoping for a white Christmas may have to settle for a white day-after Christmas, with snow possible Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Huntsville. No accumulation is anticipated.
Tuesday’s forecast calls for showers throughout the day, with the possibility of thunderstorms by the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Showers and possible thunderstorms continue to be forecast until around 3 a.m. Wednesday, with rain chances increasing to 100 percent.
Tuesday’s high will be near 56 degrees and the low around 40.
“There could be some slight potential for severe storms across portions of the area,” said Tim Troutman, meteorologist for the Huntsville weather service office. “Any threats would be in the form of strong to damaging winds, but the heavy rain threat will also be there, and with the rainfall that occurred last night, combined with rainfall amounts expected to be over an inch Tuesday, there could be potential for flash flooding in the area and continuing into the evening and overnight hours and into Wednesday.”
Troutman said severe weather threats will be more likely in Alabama the farther south you travel.
Wednesday’s high is forecast to be near 44 degrees, with northwest winds around 15 to 25 mph, making for a blustery day with wind chills in the 20s. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent. The low Wednesday night will be around 27.
Troutman said Wednesday’s high could occur in the morning, with temperatures remaining steady or dropping throughout the day.
“On the heels of this system, as that low pressure system moves in, it’s expected to move into south central Kentucky on Wednesday morning,” Troutman said. “Colder air will spread over our area and there’s a chance with some leftover moisture Wednesday that some of the rain that’s left over could potentially switch over to snow by Wednesday evening. We are not expecting accumulations.”