The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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December 25, 2012

Strong storms possible Christmas Day

From staff reports

The weather outside on Christmas Day has the potential to be frightful, as a storm front moving through Alabama will bring a possibility of strong-to-severe storms and even possible tornadoes.

Meteorologist Tim Troutman with the National Weather Service in Huntsville said the area of low pressure moving northeast out of Texas will bring a warm front through Alabama, and will be followed by much colder temperatures.

Much of Alabama has been placed under a slight-to-moderate risk of severe weather by the Storm Prediction Center, though the most severe storms are expected to be in central and southern Alabama.

Scattered showers are expected to impact the state today, with the stronger storms coming in the evening and overnight hours. Troutman said the greatest potential for North Alabama will be damaging winds, but he could not rule out the possibility of small, isolated tornadoes.

As the system pushes out of the state, temperatures will fall dramatically, with Wednesday’s morning temperatures in the lower 40s. Troutman said any remaining precipitation on Wednesday could fall in the form of a rain-snow mix, as wind chill temperatures will dip into the upper 20s. No accumulation is expected, however.


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