If you live in the South, you already know that a white Christmas isn’t in the cards. But, a very stormy Christmas Eve is. Rain and some thunderstorms, some that are capable of producing severe weather or tornadoes, will affect the South from now until Christmas Eve.
Even though this week is officially the first week of winter, it feels more like early fall or late spring for the South, because now they are receiving a large surge of warmer air that is accompanied by some thunderstorms.
These storms and plenty of rain will be produced by a Christmas Eve storm that will continue to gain strength to lift to the north. About 20 million people that reside in the South are at risk for undergoing severe weather as this cell shifts into the East as we near Christmas Eve. According to a chief Meteorologist with the AccuWeather team, the most likely impact will be damaging winds with the possibility of a few tornadoes.
If you are planning to travel throughout the South this holiday season, driving along Interstate 10 from New Orleans and Lake Charles through Mobile and Tallahassee will experience very poor visibility and excess water on the winds due to the heavy rain that will pound the area today. The threat of severe weather on Tuesday will extend inland as far as the I-20 corridor from Jackson, MS to Birmingham, AL.
The worst of this system will begin Tuesday night and will extend into Wednesday throughout southeastern Georgia and northeastern Florida. Heavy rain and thunderstorms will still make their way through the I-85 corridor as well, affecting Atlanta, Charlotte, Augusta, Columbia, and Raleigh. Travel by airline or vehicle may be difficult during this time, and if you are flying than you can definitely expect to encounter some delays.
As we move into Wednesday, the risk of torrential downpours and severe storms will move into the I-95 corridor from central and northeastern Florida to the coast of the Carolina’s and southeastern Virginia. Cities anywhere from Daytona Beach, Charleston, Wilmington, and Virginia Beach could be the target of gusty winds and downpours.
There is a second pocket of thunderstorms that will begin developing on Wednesday from the north-central Kentucky region to western New York state, and then onto southwestern Ontario.
As this warm air continues to move to the north along with the storm, some residents may also be surprised by some incoming thunderstorms on Wednesday night that pop up in the coastal Mid-Atlantic and southern New England, and then northern New England on Christmas Day.