FROST ADVISORY 2:00 AM UNTIL 8 a.m.: A strong front has set the stage for one of the coldest weekends since the weekend of March 11th and 12th. Temperatures tonight will tumble into the middle 30s and patchy frost will be possible in the morning, especially west of I-65. Frost advisories are in effect for West Alabama. I would play it safe and bring in the plants tonight as some areas to the north may have some patches of frost. Wind speeds will remain elevated tonight so this should keep temperatures above the critical freezing mark. Sunshine will return on Sunday but even with a blue sky, temperatures will struggle to reach the mid-50s. A chilly north wind will continue tomorrow at 5-10 mph. Winds will settle tomorrow night so I’m expecting a big drop in temperatures after sunset. Lows will be in the 30s again Monday morning with more patchy frost.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK: Sunny weather with cold mornings and pleasantly cool afternoons will dominate the weather story through most of Wednesday. So this means perfect weather for Halloween, with temperatures tumbling into the 50s as all the trick-or-treaters head out! We will begin to see some changes Wednesday night as a warmer/moist air mass begins to lift in. This will bring increasing clouds, with showers possible Wednesday night. You will really start to notice the difference by Thursday and especially on Friday, with milder mornings and warmer afternoons. The chance of showers will continue through the end of the week. We will have several small-scale disturbances embedded in the flow that will bring a few periods of light rain so the timing is a bit challenging at this point. For now, I would prepare for some light rain beginning Wednesday night and continuing into Thursday morning, especially over West Alabama and north Alabama. We will continue to fine-tune the timing and I will have some fresh updates to share with you after the World Series tonight.
TROPICS: The busy Atlantic Hurricane Season continues with another tropical storm Philippe approaching Cuba. The system is being picked up by the frontal system responsible for our big drop in temperatures. So Philippe will race off to the northeast overnight, impacting far southeast Florida throughout the early morning hours. You can track Philippe by turning on the tropical tracks layer in your WBRC First Alert Weather App. See you after the game!
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