Chilly weather is headed to the South for Christmas, and storms will be possible in Alabama before the cold front arrives Wednesday.

Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa and ABC 33/30 Chief Meteorologist James Spann says that Wednesday will begin with clear skies; however, storms will develop as the cold front moves closer to Alabama.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has placed much of the state under a marginal risk for storms Wednesday night. The primary threat from these storms will be heavy rainfall and winds.

"Models still show no surface based instability over most of the state; the main issue will come not from thunderstorms, but from pressure gradient winds. Ahead of the cold front, winds will gust to 30/35 mph late tomorrow night as the rain moves through. The higher winds will come from midnight tomorrow night until 6:00 a.m. Thursday. Rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely," Spann said.

After the cold front moves in, West Alabama will see a chilly Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The high will be around 40 degrees.

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Posted by James Spann on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

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