Rainy start to Friday. More rain Saturday. Cooler weather ahead.
It's been a wet overnight and early Friday morning so far as waves of showers and even a few thunderstorms have been tracking across the area. We have more activity back over north Mississippi into southwest Tennessee that will be lifting northeastward across the area between now and 8:00am or so; so, if you are headed out to work this morning, that commute may be a bit on the wet side. Temperatures are on the mild side, with many of us in the lower 60s to start our morning. The exception being from Savannah to Hohenwald to Columbia and northward in Tennessee, where temperatures have made it down to the 50s.
These morning showers lift north of the area as we head deeper into the morning as the front lifts back to the north of our area as a warm front. We even look to see a few breaks in the cloud cover by afternoon, which will probably get us up into the lower 70s. Clouds increase again going into Friday evening, and by daybreak or before on Saturday morning, showers and thunderstorms start to develop once again as the cold front approaches. Periods of showers and storms will continue off and on through Saturday as the front gradually pushes through the area. Daytime highs on Saturday look to again be in the upper 60s, if not close to 70 degrees.
The cold front pushes through Saturday night, bringing a gradual end to the showers, but also bringing an end to the milder weather. Daytime highs on Sunday are back into the mid and upper 40s, and a brisk northerly wind will make it feel a lot more like Christmas! We do start to moderate the temperatures a bit going into Christmas week next week, but we are still talking about 50s through at least Wednesday, with morning lows in the 30s. This puts us back to seasonably normal temperatures for the Tennessee Valley for the latter part of December.