Stormy Tuesday before cool Christmas sunshine

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The weather pattern remains very active leading up to the Christmas holiday.

Heavier and more widespread showers move into the Valley on Tuesday. Showers and storms will begin to increasing in coverage as early as the lunch hour.

Numerous storms will continue into the afternoon, evening, and night.

The threat for stronger storms should stay to our south, closer to the Gulf coast. However, the more intense storms in the Valley could still produce locally heavy rain and gusty winds to 45 mph.

Lingering rain can be expected for the first half of Wednesday. We should start drying out as the cold air returns. Northwest winds will become breezy on Wednesday, limiting temperatures to the 50s.

A few snow flurries may mix in later in the day on Wednesday, but with temperatures above freezing, it's nothing to get excited about.

Cloud cover will quickly erode on Christmas Day, leaving cool sunshine with highs in the upper 40s.

The sunshine and dry sky is short lived as another storm system brings showers back to the forecast for the weekend.

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