Skies will stay mostly cloudy for the next several days. Scattered showers will spread into the Valley over the course of Monday. It won't be raining all day long, and some of us will stay dry. A better chance for heavier, more widespread rain will shift into the Valley on Tuesday.
We'll start the day with isolated showers, cloudy skies, and temperatures generally in the low-to-mid 50s. Southeast winds around 10 mph will be ongoing. During Tuesday afternoon, those winds could gust to 20-25 mph. Temperatures should be a few degrees warmer than today, and most will see a high around 60.
Heavier rain and a few thunderstorms will move into the Valley ahead of a cold front Tuesday afternoon. The chances for severe weather in northern Alabama and southern Tennessee will remain low. You may hear some thunder and some of the more intense storms could produce gusty winds of 40-45 mph as well as locally heavy rainfall. The threat for more organized t'storms and severe weather should stay closer to the Gulf Coast.
An isolated severe storm this far north isn't out of the question, but the better chance for those stronger storms will be more pronounced south of I-20.
The threat of stronger storms will end as a cold front passes through the area into Wednesday morning. The widespread rain should end over the course of the morning as well.
Breezy N/NW winds can be expected on Wednesday behind the front. With limited moisture, afternoon rain chances will remain low. A few snow flurries or some light sleet may develop late in the day, but it's nothing to get excited about. I don't expect anything to accumulate, and with surface temperatures above freezing, we shouldn't experience any travel problems either.
Christmas is looking cool, but with more sun than we've seen lately. Another system looks to bring a chance for rain back to the Valley late in the week.
-Meteorologist David Ernst