All attention on potent Christmas Eve system and big cold to follow

Rain, heavy rain, a low-end severe threat, strong winds, and very cold air heading our way

Soaking rain, plummeting temps highlight the forecast

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The warming trend continues today under mainly sunny skies. Highs will easily reach the mid-60s in most locations.

After a partly cloudy and chilly night in the upper 30s, another unseasonably warm day is on tap Wednesday. There will be more clouds around than sun, but breezy southerly winds ahead of a potent storm system will still send highs back to the middle and even upper 60s!

Then the main event in terms of impactful weather arrives in Alabama...

It will turn breezy Wednesday evening and remain that way through sunrise Christmas morning. Gusts will occasionally reach 25-30 mph.
It will turn breezy Wednesday evening and remain that way through sunrise Christmas morning. Gusts will occasionally reach 25-30 mph. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

As a strong cold front pushes in from the west, a few scattered showers will be possible as early as 7 p.m. Wednesday. A few light showers can’t be ruled out through the evening hours into early Wednesday night. It will also turn breezy late Wednesday and remain breezy to windy through sunrise Christmas Day.

The main area of rain and perhaps some thunderstorms will push through between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday morning. It will be quick to depart, though, with even some sun possible by the afternoon hours.

There is a low-end chance of a few damaging wind gusts between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. Christmas Eve.
There is a low-end chance of a few damaging wind gusts between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. Christmas Eve. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

When this main area of rain pushes through there will be heavy rain and the potential for ponding on roadways. A solid 1-2″ of rain is likely for just about everyone.

Regarding severe weather -- the threat has risen just a tad. There is a “Very Low” risk for a few damaging wind gusts and perhaps a brief tornado. Widespread severe weather is not expected, but the wind energy with this system may provide some higher-end wind gusts over 50 mph.

This potential is in addition to the breezy conditions that will be ongoing from Wednesday evening through Friday morning.

Christmas Eve starts mild and rainy, but ends dry and much colder. Christmas Day is very cold.
Christmas Eve starts mild and rainy, but ends dry and much colder. Christmas Day is very cold. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Temperatures will fall from the lower 60s before sunrise early Thursday morning into the 40s by the afternoon. That’s courtesy of a strong shot of cold air pushing in behind the arctic front. The cold shot won’t last long, but it will certainly pack quite a punch.

Lows will fall into the mid-20s with wind chills down in the teens by Christmas morning under mostly clear skies. It will stay very cold on Christmas Day despite mainly sunny skies all day -- highs will be in the lower 40s.

It will feel like it's in the teens Christmas morning.
It will feel like it's in the teens Christmas morning. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

The weekend still looks to feature plenty of sunshine and slowly moderating temperatures. The mornings will be very cold in the 20s, but the afternoon hours will be in the upper 40s Saturday and mid-50s Sunday.

Another front will push through Sunday night, but shouldn’t bring more than a few light passing showers to spots before Monday gets going!

Some showers are possible after 6 p.m. Wednesday, but the bulk of the rain will fall between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. Christmas Eve.
Some showers are possible after 6 p.m. Wednesday, but the bulk of the rain will fall between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. Christmas Eve. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

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