Updated 12/21 = 12:30pm
Good afternoon folks! We have a minor rain event Saturday night into Monday afternoon and not much after that, with temps well above average for the Christmas holiday. Fair weather should setup shop late Monday and linger well into Thursday, possibly even Friday of next week. The models are hinting at another precip event next weekend but we are not sure to how much rain could fall this far out in time.
Temps Saturday will warm to the low 50's with a steady stream of clouds out of the south as moisture pushes into the region from the low pressure system along the Gulf coast. This low pressure system will eventually turn northeast and slide across southern Georgia late this weekend, bringing us isolated showers at first, followed by widespread showers late Sunday. Rainfall totals will average out to an inch across most of the region, with up to 1.5" along the SC state line, most of it falling late Sunday into Sunday night. Temps Sunday will warm to the low - upper 40's depending upon elevation and with spotty showers across the landscape, it will not be the most inspiring of days, but certainly a perfect day to unwind indoors.
Showers continue throughout the night Sunday night and eventually wind down late Monday morning, with a few light showers extending into the early afternoon hours. Temps Monday push into the upper 40's - upper 50's and bottom out to the mid - upper 30's Monday night under clearing skies.
Tuesday offers up mostly sunny skies, highs in the upper 60's for the valleys and this warm weather extends into Christmas Day, with a high near 66°F under more sunshine. Normal temps for late December in the valleys should be in the upper 40's - low 50's, so enjoy this break from the chilly weather!
As of today (late Friday) it looks like sunshine will extend into Thursday, followed by clouds building next Friday and possibly more rain next weekend. We'll stop here as the details become fuzzy this far out and circle back with a new discussion Sunday afternoon.