**The National Weather Service has rated the tornado that moved thru Mobile on Christmas afternoon as an E-F2 with estimate winds of 111-135mph. It had a damage path length of 5.7 miles...and a width of 200 yards. It started near Halls Mill Road & D.I.P...and ended in Prichard.***
Colder air has moved in behind that cold front that triggered the severe weather on Christmas Night. Tonight, the winds will relax, and temps will fall to near the freezing mark along I-10 with upper 20s possible north of the Interstate. So, you will need to crank the heat tonight. Also, it's not a bad idea to cover or bring inside your sensitive plants.
Thursday will be nice & cool with upper 50s, but our next storm system will arrive by Friday night. This looks to be a heavy rain maker as an area of Low pressure swings in abundant moisture from the Gulf. It may also bring a slim severe risk, but we'll keep monitoring that risk.
Aside from that, our next chance for rain may be New Year's Eve leading into the New year. For now, models aren't agreeing...so, the confidence on rain is low at this time. However, we'll continue to fine tune the forecast as we get closer...stay tuned.
Meteorologist Deitra Tate