Warm and Humid Weekend… Friday Forecast Update — 6:30pm

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A good Friday to you! Another warm day today with some isolated storms this afternoon makes this second weekend of October feel a bit like summer! Big changes are on the way early next week, including the potential for some strong and severe storms.

Tonight’s weather will calm down as the sun sets. The storms will die off and the temperature will drop down into the mid-upper 60s tonight. A fair amount of cloud cover will hang around tonight and into Saturday as the stalled front to our north sags a bit closer into Alabama.

Saturday will be another warm one with a good amount of cloud cover. Highs will be back in the mid 80s with a few more scattered storms around the state Saturday afternoon. The best chances for those storms will be in the northern and western portions of the state, but Tuscaloosa could see a few cells pop up nearby. Sunday will be very similar to Saturday, but with a few more peeks of sunshine which could bring temperatures up into the mid-upper 80s Sunday afternoon.

The big story  that we are monitoring right now is what the impending cold front will do Monday into Tuesday. Current trends are for the cold front to barrel through the deep South Monday night. Indications are some strong to severe storms to crop up ahead of the cold front and move east from Mississippi into Alabama Monday evening (between 7pm and midnight). The threat for severe storms will likely linger for us into the morning hours of Tuesday as the front moves through. Hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes all seem quite possible for Monday night at this point. We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the weekend and make sure you are prepared and informed as the frontal system approaches.

Behind the cold front, temperatures will be drastically cooler. The high on Tuesday looks to be about 10° cooler in the low-mid 70s Tuesday afternoon. Morning lows Wednesday and Thursday especially should drop into the mid and upper 40s.

For this weekend’s football games across the South, expect warm and humid conditions with some chances for storms in the area during the afternoon. Alabama at Arkansas will be on the damp and chilly side as Fayetteville, AR is sitting underneath the stalled front. Currently, a flash flood watch is in effect there, and thanks to the rain and cloud cover, temperatures will likely remain in the upper 50s for Saturday afternoon.

The Tropics have attempted to stir up again, Subtropical Storm Fay is out in the Atlantic, but will curve away from the U.S. Coast without any threats for the U.S.

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Peter Crank

WVUA Staff Meteorologist

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