Rain ends tonight, more possible next week

Much cooler heading into Christmas week
Rain ends tomorrow morning, more possible next week
Published: Dec. 18, 2021 at 3:50 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 18, 2021 at 6:39 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Today’s rain and heavy thunderstorms have been pretty widespread. Some of the storms were rather strong, packing a bit of a punch with gusty winds and torrential rain.

Rain coverage and intensity decreases through the night.
Rain coverage and intensity decreases through the night.(WSFA 12 News)

There will continue to be rain through the evening and overnight, becoming increasingly scattered and light as the night progresses.

A cold front will push through by sunrise tomorrow, which will end our chances for showers by 8-9 a.m. The drier air behind the front will keep the rest of your Sunday rain-free and much cooler in the upper 50s. Gray skies will hang tough throughout the day.

A Gulf of Mexico area of low pressure will send rain our way Monday evening through Tuesday.
A Gulf of Mexico area of low pressure will send rain our way Monday evening through Tuesday.(WSFA 12 News)

It will also be a bit breezy tomorrow with northerly winds around 10-15 mph. After the warmth we’ve enjoyed over the last several days, Sunday’s weather will feel rather raw.

Another system will bring a renewed chance of just rain and showers from late Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening. The fine details regarding this system have been -- and continue to be -- a bit muddled.

We are much colder heading into Christmas week.
We are much colder heading into Christmas week.(WSFA 12 News)

Still, most models do suggest some rain potential during this period. It won’t rain that entire time, but we’re including chances for rain from roughly dinnertime on Monday through the early evening hours on Tuesday. The absolute highest coverage of rain is favoring Monday night and the first of Tuesday.

Temperatures will continue to be cool as we kick off Christmas week courtesy of the cloudiness and rain. Highs Monday will rise into the upper 50s, but Tuesday we may not get out of the low 50s.

Temps warm up and we're entirely dry for Christmas.
Temps warm up and we're entirely dry for Christmas.(WSFA 12 News)

By Wednesday morning it’s smooth sailing again. The sunshine will return, the rain chances are non-existent and we’ll begin a warming trend heading right into Christmas weekend.

Look for highs near 60 on Wednesday and Thursday, highs in the upper 60s on Christmas Eve and highs well into the 70s for Christmas Day! Santa will be sporting the warm weather gear this year in Central Alabama!

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