6:56AM December 21, 2018

RAIN MOVES OUT; BLUSTERY DAY… After the passage of a cold front last night, rain will move out later today and winds will gust out of the northwest at 15-25 mph throughout the day. There are a few lingering showers around this morning. Those will clear out this afternoon and there very well may be a few peeks of sunshine across south Alabama and northwest Florida by the end of the day. There will be a pretty substantial pressure gradient in place across the region today, meaning winds will howl out of the northwest. Wind chill values will be in the 30s and 40s throughout the day. The air temperature probably will only reach 44-48° this afternoon. Quite a nasty day!

HUNTING FORECAST THIS WEEKEND… Several questions over the last 24 hours about conditions this weekend from area deer hunters. This evening, most of the area should be drier, but there will be the strong winds out of the northwest (15-25 mph) in place with temperatures near 40°. Overnight lows on Saturday morning will be around 32° in most spots. Saturday will be sunny with decreasing wind speeds (5-15 mph).

SUNSHINE THIS WEEKEND… Clouds will move out today into tonight. I expect much of the daytime hours on Saturday and Sunday will be sunny with high temps around 60° on Saturday and near 70° by Sunday!

CHRISTMAS EVE… Partly cloudy skies are likely on Christmas Eve (Monday). We note that there are some model indications of a few, highly isolated showers in the evening hours of Monday, although for now it seems prudent to keep rain chances low as I do believe much of the area will be dry.

SANTA RIDE FORECAST… Santa Claus will get a taste of seasonal Deep South weather as he delivers toys to millions of kids across the region on Monday night. Temperatures will be around 47° by Christmas morning under partly cloudy skies. We do advise all of our younger audience to go to sleep EARLIER than normal on Christmas Eve night as I’ve been told Santa is on a pretty tight schedule this year! We’ll be tracking Santa throughout the day on Christmas Eve into the evening hours in the RedZone Weather app.

MILD CHRISTMAS DAY… If you’re a warm weather lover like me, I have a phenomenal forecast for Christmas Day (Tuesday). High temperatures will soar into the low-70s on Christmas Day (short sleeves, anyone?!?!?) under mostly sunny skies. You know what that means however… Rain chances (and potentially a few stronger storms) will be possible Wednesday or Thursday of next week. 70s are too warm for this time of year, and they often signal rain/storms on the way this time of year. We’ll keep you posted.

See all the details in your Friday #rzw forecast video… Enjoy the day!

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