PATCHY DRIZZLE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE EVENING, PATCHY DENSE FOG LATE
NEAR AVERAGE HIGHS THIS WEEKEND
TEMPERATURES GOING UP THEN DOWN THIS WEEK
TRACKING A FEW STORM SYSTEMS THROUGH CHRISTMAS MORNING
This Evening: Mostly cloudy with patchy drizzle. Light wind.
Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies. Areas of dense fog. Lows 26-32. Light wind.
Sunday: Partly sunny skies. Highs 44-50. Light wind.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy skies. Chance of showers after midnight. Lows 32-37. Southeast wind 5 mph.
We are tracking an area of low pressure near the Gulf Coast in the StormTrack 5 Weather Center. This low, riding along a stationary front, coupled with energy from the upper levels of the atmosphere is what has contributed to precipitation this morning. Some locations dropped below freezing this morning, lending to a wintry mix and even some light snow showers. Accumulations don't seem to be anything impressive, with elevations above 2000 feet seeing a dusting up to an inch at best. The heaviest rain showers will remain to our south and east for the rest of the day, as the low pressure previously mentioned tracks to the east slowly over the Gulf States.
A few slick spots are possible through lunchtime (and afterwards in some higher elevations), mainly across the higher elevations. Be alert for icy patches, especially on bridges and overpasses. Rain/snow chances decrease through lunchtime and temperatures will increase, but not by much. We're looking at high temperatures ranging from the upper 30s in the higher elevations to mid 40s in the lower elevations. Clouds will hang tough through the afternoon.
Partly to mostly cloudy skies tonight and tomorrow, though high pressure to the northeast will keep us mostly dry. Winter officially arrives on Sunday evening at 6:03.
A storm system will develop to our southeast and move north Sunday night into Monday. There's a good chance of rain in the region especially east (a wintry mix is possible in the mountains).
We are tracking another storm system for next week. Ahead of this storm system, winds will begin to surge out of the south. Expect breezy conditions from Tuesday night through parts of Thursday, as this system will be in our vicinity. Winds out of the south on Tuesday means warmer air is on the way, where high temperatures (depending on timing of rain) could make their way towards the 60 degree mark. As the storm system looms closer, rain chances go up and a thundershower or two may also be possible. Cold air remains well off to the west, and seems to be further delayed with each model run.
Christmas Eve will be mostly cloudy with rain showers likely. With the latest forecast models, we are seeing a trend that brings in colder air overnight Wednesday into early Thursday. This is delayed further than what previous models indicated. Right now any snowfall accumulations look light, but check back for updates. Moisture may be the limiting force in how much snow we actually see with this system. A lot can and will change between now and then. So as mentioned already, check back for updates.
Santa may have a hard time with the weather Wednesday night into Thursday as breezy conditions really pick up, with some lingering snow showers into Christmas morning. After those taper off, we'll see clearing skies with breezy conditions loosening their grip on the area as the day progresses. Friday, our temperatures will rebound into the upper 40s to low 50s with partly cloudy skies.
Highs will be in the 40s through Monday, near 60 Tuesday, and in the 40s Wednesday and Thursday. Highs in the 50s on Friday. Lows around 28 to 38 the next seven days.
You can get the latest forecast and weather information on News 5, WCYB.com, and on the StormTrack 5 weather app.
Our normal high is 47°, low 27°.
Meteorologist Chris Michaels