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A return to winter-like weather, just in time for Christmas!

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After enjoying milder temps since winter officially started, we’ll finally start to feel like winter again around here! It may even get to looking like winter around here…..

For today, though, the big headline is the rain. A flash flood watch remains in effect until noon and we’re seeing some very heavy downpours across the plateau this morning. Don’t be surprised if you hear a rumble of thunder, too. We had some severe wx down near Huntsville, Alabama early this morning. One storm prompted a tornado warning. The storms are very isolated and we are not expected to see severe storms this far north.

The winds will be picking up today, so be aware of that. We could see some gusts to 20 or 30 mph. I wondered about this ground being so saturated and then getting gusty winds. Sometimes a tree or two will fall when this happens.

Tomorrow will be brisk and much cooler. A system coming in from the north may bring some flurries or light snow showers in the afternoon. That could linger into the evening, possibly giving us a dusting of snow. I’ll keep an eye on that today. You’ll notice we get above freezing tomorrow, so if most of the precip occurs at that time (afternoon), then we’ll see no accumulation. Winds may get a bit gusty tomorrow, too, and I may have to add the wind icon to Sunday in tomorrow morning’s outlook.

Christmas Day looks mostly sunny and cold. Winds should be light to calm.

Another system comes in here Tuesday night that may bring some light wintry precip. It’s like the other northern systems we’ve had this season and it’s hard to say how much moisture will be available, if any. I don’t want to throw any numbers out just yet, but we could see some very light accumulation. Maybe.

Another system that is much more concerning moves in the end of next week. That’s one to watch. This system will have access to Gulf moisture. It’s a little too early to get excited about snow, though. I’ll keep you posted!

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