The jet stream sends a cold front to Alabama on Saturday. The front will be moisture starved and will NOT bring a chance of rain to the drought stricken state. It will however help steer Hurricane Matthew eastward. Cooler overnight lows in the 50s can be expected by Saturday night and highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s by Sunday.
The pressure gradient between the front and Matthew will be tight and result in a windy day across Alabama. Wind gusts could get up to 30 mph. Low humidity, dry weather, dry brush and wind is a dangerous combination if a flame is around. Avoid outdoor burning!
The Alabama Forestry Commission has issued a FIRE DANGER WARNING for North Alabama, including many of the counties in the WBRC Fox 6 viewing area. The atmosphere is favorable for wildfires and burning is not recommended. Did you know that in the last 7 days, 142 wildfires have occurred in north Alabama burning approximately 1,500 acres of land? Please delay burning until outdoor conditions improve and we get some rain. As of now, I don't see any chance for wet weather this month.
See new information regarding the future track and strength of Hurricane Matthew on The Four,
Jill Gilardi WBRC First Alert Certified Meteorologist