Another day of 80 degree weather is headed for the area this afternoon. But get ready to do that wardrobe swap in a couple of days. We're still tracking the coldest air of the fall that will begin arriving in the area by late Friday afternoon. A powerful fall cold front continues to head east across the country. At mid-morning Thursday, there's a dramatic temperature change occurring in the middle of the nation.
Kansas City at 4:30 this morning was 71 degrees. At 10am the temperature has dropped to 43. That's some cold air!
By tomorrow afternoon the leading edge of the colder air will be moving into NW Alabama. Here's WAFF 48 Pinpoint Predictor's forecast temperatures at 2pm Friday:
We'll still manage to reach the mid to upper 70s across the area tomorrow before the chillier air spreads in during the evening and overnight hours. Temperatures by Saturday morning will have dropped into the upper 40s to around 50.
Depending on if we see some late day clearing (which is indicated by some of the forecast guidance) temperatures may recover back into the upper 50s to near 60 by mid-afternoon. If we stay cloudy, which Pinpoint Predictor is showing from I-65 eastward, temperatures could remain in the 40s.
By Sunday morning, widespread 30s are possible in north Alabama and southern Tennessee.
On top of the colder air moving in we'll have a gusty north wind around 10-20mph which will make it feel even colder over the weekend. Wind chills, what it will feel like with the wind blowing, will be in the 40s Saturday afternoon, dropping into the 20s by Sunday morning!
The cold doesn't stop this weekend. We'll stay chilly into next week with highs only in the 50s to low 60s. Overnight temperatures will remain in the 30s with Monday night and Tuesday night looking like the coldest. We're pretty much guaranteed to see widespread frost and in some areas the first freeze of the season, which will bring an end to the growing season this year.
WAFF 48 Storm Team