We continue to track a powerful cold front that will bring swift changes to the weather across the Tennessee Valley. A few showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop and track northeast over the area this evening and later tonight. They will be heavy rain producers and will also have wind gusts 20-30 mph.
During the overnight hours expect a round of showers and storms to move through. They will be within a line that will develop ahead of the cold front and track to the east at about 40 mph. Within the line of storms some areas could have some damaging wind gusts that knock out power and take down a few trees and tree limbs. Wind gusts could reach 50-65 mph with the strongest storms. The tornado threat remains very low. Over an inch of much needed rain will also fall with some of the stronger storms. We will be streaming coverage online at waff.com and on the WAFF 48 weather app as the line moves through.
The rain will begin to taper off during the late morning hours as the line tracks into Georgia. The front itself will begin to move into NW Alabama around the lunch hour. A few isolated showers and a rumble of thunder will be possible along the front as it tracks to the east. All rain will likely be gone by 4pm Friday. Much cooler air will be ushered into North Alabama due to a strong NW wind. Expect the wind to gust 20-30 mph behind the front. Temperatures will likely be in the upper 50s by the end of the High School football games.
Much cooler weather will continue this weekend. Morning lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s with afternoon highs in the 60s Saturday and Sunday. But it will be dry. It is possible some areas could see the first frost of the fall season if the wind is light and we have clear sky Sunday morning.
We will keep you up informed throughout the night.
WAFF 48 Storm Team
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