WDHN Storm Team: Strong storms arriving on Christmas Eve


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — We’ve been talking about it since this time last week, and now it’s almost here. A big weather system is sweeping the nation with showers and storms, snow, and frigid temperatures. What’s in store for the Tri-State? We’ve got the latest forecast right here!

Tonight will be very warm and mainly dry, but a few scattered showers will filter in between 9 PM and 3 AM. After that, things quickly pick up.

Christmas Eve will be a rainy one to say the least. Let’s go through the timing of the severe weather first. The main line of storms should enter the far western Wiregrass around 6 AM. It will progress eastward and be knocking on Dothan’s doorstep by mid-morning. Our Georgia counties likely wont see the strong storms until right around Noon. The severe weather threat will be over for our SE Alabama and Western Panhandle viewers around Noon and our Eastern Panhandle and Georgia viewers around 3PM. Light showers behind the main line might continue for a few hours after the storms move out. The evening should be primarily dry. Rainfall totals will be around 1-2″. The severe weather impacts will primarily be damaging winds of 60 mph, but an isolated tornado or two is possible.

While you’ll want to wear the rain jacket for the first half of Thursday, you’ll need to change it out for a warm coat for the second half. Temperatures will be very could behind the front. Expect to be in the low 30s with wind chills in the 20s on Christmas Eve night.

Christmas morning will be freezing! Upper 20s will make you think twice about heading outside in the morning. If you do go out, keep the warm coat around for the afternoon as well because we will struggle to bring those temperatures into the low 40s despite sunny skies.

Saturday will start off in the middle and upper 20s, and we’ll likely see our coldest temperatures up to this point in the winter season. We’ll move into the low 50s, but it won’t last long. We’ll drop close to freezing once again Saturday into Sunday.

Sunday and Monday will be right around 60 degrees with lots of sunshine. The low chance for showers mentioned earlier this week for Monday will likely remain to the north, so those chances are back to 0% for now.

Tuesday and Wednesday will introduce more cloud cover and keep the temperatures close to or above 60 degrees. We could see another round of showers and storms mid-to-late week as we get ready to ring in the new year.

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