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Thursday 12/18/2014
Some Showers This Weekend & Christmas Eve Snow

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: It looks like there has been a good shift in model agreement placing the low well into the Gulf of Mexico. What does that mean for us? Well...it means far less rain. Only a few showers will graze past the Valley Friday evening thru Saturday midday. Great news if you are going on shopping and don't want much if any rain to impact you.

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SUNDAY & MONDAY: A small area of high pressure will move in but it won't give us complete sunshine. But certainly the most sunshine we have seen in a while.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: We will see a cold front move through Tuesday night. Before that happens we will get some rain and some wind our of the system. After the front still remains some questions. First one is, "Will there be enough moisture for snow?".  So far that answer is yes. If not when the front passes to see some change over from rain to snow but also on Christmas Eve. There will be strong enough forcing in the mid and upper levels to get some flurries post front. Best chances for that will be along the Cumberland Plateau with upslope forcing. The Huntsville metro area has a chance for snow both post front and on Wednesday. Nothing remotely close to major is expected nor will it impact your travel plans unless your heading through the Allegheny and Cumberland Mountains. That will be a little more difficult to drive through. 1231234

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Roller Coaster of Storm Systems For Next 7 Days

THURSDAY: A cold shallow layer of air is sitting just above the surface, causing sleet to fall across the Tennessee Valley this morning. Temperatures throughout the late morning hours should stop sleet from forming and lead to just rain showers moving through the Tennessee Valley until noon. We'll clear our for this afternoon with even a few peeks of sunshine to help warm us up into the mid 40's.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: We'll continue to see drier conditions for the majority of the day Friday.  Friday night, our second storm system will move in from the South, dumping heavy rain from Friday night until Saturday afternoon. Possibly 1 to 1.5 inches of rain will accumulate.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Finally a full day of sunshine will be upon us come Sunday and Monday as higher pressure once again will settle over the Tennessee Valley. Highs will push into the mid 50's thanks to southerly winds moving back into the Valley.

TUESDAY & CHRISTMAS EVE: Our third system will move in, bringing in a change of rain into light flurries during Tuesday Night. No accumulation is expected, just enough to add to the Christmas Spirit!

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Rain Chances & Some Snowflakes For Christmas Eve?

TONIGHT: As the upper level disturbance gets closer we could see a few light showers around the Shoals.

THURSDAY: The showers will be possible thru midday but don't expect much rain.

FRIDAY &  SATURDAY: The next round of rain will move in late Friday afternoon but the bulk of the rain will fall Friday night/early Saturday morning. If you have to do any last minute shopping you may want to wait until Sunday if you want to be rain free. 12

CHRISTMAS EVE: There will be a powerful system moving across the Great Lakes. It will provide strong winds and plenty of snow. As for us...the strong cold front will easily make it to the Valley. There will be plenty of moisture along it but that would be all liquid. With the rush of cold air behind the front any moisture that lingers would fall as snow. Not much snow would be at all just flurries.

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Rain Chances Increase As We Head Towards Weekend
WEDNESDAY: Another cloudy day is in store for us here across the Tennessee Valley. Temperatures will only reach into the upper 40's to lower 50's at best. Average highs for this time of year is usually at 53 degrees.
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THURSDAY & FRIDAY: A few isolated rain showers will move in for Thursday morning and Friday evening, leaving us with plenty of dry time on both days. Winds will start to move in from the Southwest, trying to boost temperatures back up into the mid 50's. No more than a tenth to two tents of an inch of rain will accumulate.
 
SATURDAY: Look for scattered showers to develop early Saturday morning until dinner time Saturday evening. Possibly 1 to 1.5 inches of rain could accumulate. Winds will be breezy, causing the wind chill to feel like it's into the lower 40's when overall high temperatures will only reach into the mid 40's throughout the day. This system will then begin to move to the Northeast, changing into snow over Eastern Tennessee and Western Virginia.
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Tuesday 12/16/2014
Feeling More Like Early Winter

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: After a strong cold front passed through our area last night, a flow of Northwesterly winds will continue to drop our temperatures today. We'll drop from the lower 50's this morning into the upper 40's by this afternoon with low lying clouds and breezy conditions. Once the temperatures drops below 50, the wind chill could make it feel like it's into the lower 40's.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Our next disturbance from the Southwest will begin to funnel in isolated rain showers during the day. Temperatures will slowly climb back into the lower 50's with overcast conditions. Not a huge warm up, but it will feel a little bit better compared to the middle of the workweek.

SATURDAY: Lower pressure will move South of the Tennessee Valley, causing a Northeasterly wind to cool down temperatures. Timing on precipitation is still unsettled and drop in temperatures is still uncertain. If you are travelling on Saturday:

HEADING NORTHEAST: Expect a change of rain into snow early, especially on I-81 heading into Tennessee with breezy conditions

HEADING SOUTH: Heavy rain showers

HEADING WEST: Mostly cloudy skies with breezy conditions

HEADING EAST: Isolated rain showers with breezy conditions

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Monday 12/15/2014
Showers Tonight But More Rain Late Week

THIS EVENING/TONIGHT: A cold front will enter the Valley tonight and move thru by Tuesday morning. Until it passes we will see a slight chance for some showers.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT/THURSDAY MORNING: An upper level disturbance could bring in some light showers during this time. The only thing that could change this to any frozen precipitation is the thermal profiles for Franklin (TN) and Jackson Counties. Depending on how much cooling we can see in the lower levels we may see freezing drizzle. Odds are that won't happen but something to keep an eye on. 1234

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: This is when we will see our next substantial chance for rain. An area of low pressure will go right over the Valley. This will cause some moderate to heavy rain mainly Friday evening thru Saturday morning. Some isolated showers may be left over Saturday late morning/early afternoon.

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TEMPERATURES: Because of all the cloud cover and systems moving through the Valley we won't see that much warmth for the next several days.

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Showers Begin And End Week

MONDAY: Higher pressure has cause mainly clear skies throughout the overnight hours where our lows have dipped below the freezing mark, especially East of I-65. In addition, our temperatures have cooled to the saturation point, also known as the dewpoint, where very dense fog has formed and is freezing on windshields this morning, creating ice. Use your defroster and windshield wipes to prevent the ice from forming.

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By this afternoon, a cold front will move through the Tennessee Valley, bringing in light showers but blustery winds. Winds could gust as high as 30 to 40 mph during the afternoon time, making the commute back home very messy. At most, possibly a half of an inch of rain could accumulate from the showers. 

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY: Showers will end early, leaving us with patchy fog to deal with Tuesday morning. Otherwise expect a few peaks of sunshine before an inversion set in across the Tennessee Valley Wednesday morning, creating low lying clouds and cooler conditions for the middle of the work week. Highs will dip into the lower 50's and mid 30's for overnight lows.

THURSDAY-WEEKEND: By Thursday, a few pesky showers will build in for Thursday and Friday before a Northeasterly flow of winds will cool temperatures down Friday night into Saturday morning where a possibly wintry mix may develop in the highest elevations of Southern Tennessee and Northeast Alabama. If you're travelling on I-81 up to the Northeast, heavier snow will fall from this system which could create delays and messy roads to deal with Saturday morning.

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Sunday 12/14/2014
Mild Monday Ahead of Next Rain Maker

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Cloudy and Seasonable End to Weekend

While we didn't see nearly as much cloud cover Sunday as we did Saturday, that pesky cloud cover held on through most of the afternoon mainly East of I-65 and in southern Middle TN. Temperatures remained seasonable in the Mid 50s to end the weekend. 

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Rain to Return by Monday Afternoon.

A warmer, milder day is expected Monday ahead of our next system in the TN valley. Expect High temps in the Low 60's. By afternoon weak cold front will bring light rain showers to the area.  Not expecting too much rain with this system with totals up to a tenth of an inch. Rain will move out by Tuesday morning East of I-65. Cooler air to filter in as High pressure builds in from the North.

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Saturday 12/13/2014
Seasonable Sunday, Rainy Start to Work Week Ahead

The weekend started off chilly and cloudy with temperatures struggle to reach into the Upper 40s across the TN Valley Saturday afternoon. 

TONIGHT: Geminid Meteor Shower to light up the sky! Cloud cover should start to diminish through the overnight hours, allowing most of the TN valley to still see the light show! Peek time is Midnight to Dawn Sunday morning. Temperatures will be chilly though, with overnight Lows in the Low 30s.

SUNDAY: Ridge of high pressure still in control, with skies becoming mostly cloudy to end the weekend. Temperatures will stay seasonable in the Mid to Upper 50's. 

Rain returns to the area Monday afternoon. This system will weaken as it pushes through, so only light showers expected. Showers will come to an end Tuesday morning. East of I-65 you may still need your umbrella as you head out the door for work, with rain ending around 9 a.m.

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Friday 12/12/2014
Clear & Cold Tonight But A Warmer Weekend

SKATING IN THE PARK: A great evening to be out on the ice! 12

ROCKET CITY MARATHON: Little cold at the start of the race but it will quickly warm into the low 40s by 9 a.m. At the end of the race it should be near 50 for most of the runners.

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CHRISTMAS PARADES: (Saturday) Madison and Guntersville. Clear and cool at the start and end of the parades. Best to pack some blankets to stay warm and a nice hot chocolate to watch is never a bad idea!

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WEEKEND: High pressures rules our weather so expect lots of sunshine and some mild afternoons. Highs will be right around 60 both days.

SHOWERS: Our next front passes Monday evening and this will bring in some light scattered showers to the Valley. The system will exit Tuesday morning.

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State requires tax payment on certain online purchases

DECATUR, Ala. (WAAY)-It's estimated that 90 percent of shoppers will buy online this holiday season. But the Alabama Department of Revenue wants to remind shoppers that they could owe taxes on items purchased from an out-of-state retailer.

AMC preparing to send tanks to Europe

The Army Materiel Command is preparing to send a second round of equipment to Germany to supplement the recently established European Activity Set. The EAS is a battalion of equipment stationed at Germany's Grafenwoehr training area to equip US forces as part of the NATO Response Force.

Commanders attend AMCOM 101

More than 80 Combat Aviation Brigade Commanders, and their staff members, representing various units across the Army, filled an auditorium on Redstone Arsenal Friday for AMCOM 101. The seminar was offered to the various commanders who will be, or have already been, working with the US Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command, while in the field.