More rain heads our way

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First full day of winter remains mild with rain showers for a good part of the day. We may start out early with some foggy spots before the showers spread in from the south. Lows will be very mild in the upper 40s to low 50s.  Despite the rain showers, highs will climb easily into the upper 50s to low 60s. Showers shut off in the late afternoon hours. Clouds break up some leading to fog to form once again.DMA RPM Futurecast plus Temps PM

If you are traveling Wednesday, one area that may see severe weather will be the Tennessee Valley. Showers and thunderstorms will be very likely. Showers continue across the northeast, and temperatures remain well above average. It will feel more like Christmas in the northern Rockies, where snow is likely along with very cold temperatures. Coast of California, portions of the desert southwest and southern Florida, can expect sunshine and dry conditions for the day.

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It is very likely we will break record temperatures on Christmas Eve. The warmest morning low is 45 set back in 1891, a very long standing record. The record high is 62 set in 1990. We are almost certain to break both records. The morning is forecast at 60; the high may reach or exceed 70 degrees! Both would smash the records.

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A few showers are possible for Thursday but there will also be plenty of dry hours and peaks of sunshine. Christmas Day, starts out dry and most of the afternoon remains rain free. Highs will still be mild near 60 degrees. Showers do return towards evening and threat remains over the weekend.
Stay relaxed and enjoy getting ready for the holiday!
MaryEllen Pann,
Chief Meteorologist

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