The system diving southward that will eventually bring in the big chill will also bring some showers our way.
HOUR BY HOUR FORECAST
Best chance between 1PM-7PM before exiting southeastward. As the showers exit, cold and windy conditions enter!
So for Halloween or high school football games, be ready for a little wet weather and then chilly temperatures. You'll want a thick coat, hat and gloves to stay warm. A little hot chocolate won't hurt too. ;) Hopefully your kids costumes are warm ones.
Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist
We are tracking the first big chill of the season that's starting to filter in across the Upper Midwest this morning.
To make matters worse, the winds are going to increase on Friday night into Saturday morning which will create feels like temperatures for trick or treating or high school football games in the 40s and 30s so be sure to bundle up!
The heart of the cold air filters arrives on Saturday!
Temperatures are forecast to dip into the 30s and that means you better bring in or cover any sensitive outdoor plants for Saturday and Sunday morning.
You may want to hold off on an early morning walk or jog on Saturday because strong winds will make it feel like it's in the 20s!
Computer models are in better agreement regarding the chance for snow staying northeast of the state of Alabama. Computer models which show what the future might hold have been indicating off and on since last weekend the threat for snow across northeast Alabama but solutions have trended away from that. We have not "forecast" snow, we have only been sharing with you what rogue models have been showing. Planting the seed just in case it were to pan out.
The best snow potential for all you ski and snowboard lovers will be across the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina!
Now is the time to make preparations to protect sensitive outdoor plants and be sure to have a warm shelter for outdoor pets.
Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist
Look for highs today in the mid-60s under sunny skies...lows tonight in the low to mid 40s.
Can you believe this cold air? Quite a change from what we have experienced for the last few weeks. And just after the cold air has arrived, another cold front is expected to push through tomorrow.
Friday's front will temporarily give us additional cloud cover tomorrow evening. Friday night will be cool and breezy for trick-or-treaters.
Saturday morning's temps are expected to be in the mid-30s on average. Many rural areas will likely experience freezing temps, and all of us are expected to deal with wind chills in the 20s Saturday AM.
Temps should remain chilly throughout the day Saturday.
By Sunday morning the winds shouls subside enough for us to see our first frost of the season.
Temperatures are expected to warm closer to seasonal averages next week. A chance of rain returns to the forecast by next Wednesday.
Mickey Ferguson, FOX6 Weather
It sure was nice to finally see some rain on radar this morning! The wet weather continues to taper off across East Alabama and we expect some clearing during the afternoon. Here is a look at radar estimates along with early morning weather watcher reports. More of our weather watchers will be checking in with totals later today.
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
Tracking a band of showers and storms marching eastward this morning. This activity has formed along and behind a cold front that will bring fall temperatures back to the area.
The storms remain non-severe though a couple strong storms can't be ruled out. Primary threats with the strongest of the storms will be wind gusts to 40 mph, heavy rainfall and frequent lightning.
We haven't had rain in 2 weeks but that is changing this morning for most. The storms have already put down an estimated 1/2" to up to 1" locally. Expect a slow ride into work this morning as roadways will be wet and rain will limit visibility. Remember to put on your headlights even after the sun comes up if it's raining.
Temperatures are cooling off behind the front slowly.
The "BIG" chill is still a couple days away though.
TIMING THE RAIN:
This is a morning event and the rain tapers off by noon, skies clear and temperatures warm into the upper 60s and lower 70s.
Travel safe this morning!
Watch Good Day Alabama for additional weather details.
Fox 6 Meteorologist Jill Gilardi
This is the time of year a lot of folks start asking about Winter weather and temperatures. If haven't noticed lately it has been rather warm. We broke a record high in Tuscaloosa with temperatures reaching 87 yesterday. The previous record was 85. Yes, that's almost 90 degrees and we're talking end of October. However, big changes are about to come including the potential for the first freezing temperatures this season in North Alabama.
We have two cold fronts this week. We'll experience one front tomorrow and another more powerful front Friday night into Saturday. We'll really begin to feel the impact of front #2. A blustery north wind will begin to kick in late Friday night with colder air rushing into the area. Highs on Saturday will only reach 59. By early Sunday morning, it's likely we will have freezing temperatures in the Tennessee Valley. The GFS model is trending cold with this system. I'm forecasting lows for the Birmingham-Metro area around 38 degrees. This means colder pockets and Valley locations will likely fall to near freezing. The coldest temperatures Sunday morning will be in Cherokee, Etowah, and Northern Cullman County within the Fox6 viewing area.
If you look a state climatology, you can see we're due for a freeze. A few folks came close to freezing a week ago with frost reported in some parts of the Fox6 viewing area. This cold front should be more powerful. You can see from the NWS first freeze map - the sweet spot for freezing temperatures for much of Central and North Alabama is around Halloween.
It's interesting to see how bodies of water impact freezing temperatures. Notice the later freeze dates usually follow a river or surround a lake. Take for instance the Tennessee River or Lake Guntersville with first freeze dates well into November.
So bundle up - looks like the cold air will be arriving just as the kids head out Friday night to trick or treat.
Fox6 Chief Meteorologist
We started off the day on a very foggy note but now a sunny sky has returned. Temperatures won’t be quite as hot today due to an increase in clouds and light breeze in the afternoon. A cold front is approaching from the northwest. At the time of this update a band of rain and isolated storm activity was lined up from near Shreveport northeast to Memphis. Our area should remain dry today but overnight the showers and storms will enter our area.
RAINFALL TIMING: The latest data suggests showers could impact our northwest counties as early as 1 AM, the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham/Gadsden corridor by 4:30 AM, and the Centreville/Clanton/Anniston Corridor by 7 AM. The chance for rain will quickly come to an end from northwest to southeast beginning around 9 AM tomorrow with some clearing in the afternoon. This will not be a major rainmaker. In fact, most areas will be lucky to see over a tenth of an inch of rain.
A BIG CHANGE IN TEMPERATURES: Get ready to break out the jackets again! Another big shift in the temperature pattern is on the way. Highs will be in the 60s on Thursday and Friday with temperatures tumbling into the 40s and 30s Halloween Night.
I wanted to share this beautiful fall picture from viewer Kenny Griffin in Oxford, Alabama. This image was captured at Hillabee Lake. If you capture a great fall picture, send it our way! You can use the Free Fox6 Weather App or you can send it to us via email at email@example.com
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
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