WIND CHILL VALUES TO BE AROUND 30 DEGREES BY 6AM… Cold temperatures combined with a brisk wind out of the northwest overnight will cause wind chill values to dip into the low-30s and upper-20s by early Friday morning. This will be the coldest night of the fall season so far with air temperatures dipping into the mid- to upper-30s across inland stretches of south Alabama. Winds will be out of the northwest at 10-20 mph overnight. Temperatures will struggle to hit the 60 degree mark on Friday afternoon as cold, dry, stable air continues to filter in from the northwest.
TRICK-OR-TREATING TONIGHT… Most spots remain in the low-50s as of 6PM on this Halloween Thursday. We’ll be in the mid- to upper-40s for trick-or-treating this evening. Rain has cleared out to the east and skies are beginning to clear. No rain is expected this evening. Grab the jackets!
My next forecast video will be posted by 7:15AM on Friday. See you then!
RAIN EXITING TO THE EAST… The last of the rain associated with the passage of the cold front that moved through earlier today is exiting out of Okaloosa, Covington, and Santa Rosa counties. This means that the entirety of south Alabama and northwest Florida should be dry for trick-or-treating tonight!
COLD TEMPS… Temperatures are in the 50s across the region now that the cold front has moved by. I expect temperatures to be in the upper-40s between 5PM and 8PM this evening when folks head out to trick or treat. Clearing skies are expected.
SHOWERS PUSHING EASTWARD… The severe weather risk across south Alabama and northwest Florida has come to an end as cold, drier air begins to invade our area. Temperatures behind the passing cold front continue to drop, with locales like Monroeville and Thomasville now in the 50s. Rain will continue to progressively move out in the hours ahead. I expect vast majority of the showers to be well to our east by 4PM.
Check out the thermal gradient in place across our region. 59 degrees at the Evergreen Airport, 81 at the Andalusia-Opp Airport – only 40 miles away! Cold front continues pushing eastward. pic.twitter.com/6CjO73o4MU
— Spinks Megginson (@rzweather) October 31, 2019
RAIN & STORMS MOVE OUT LATER TODAY; COLD AIR TO INVADE THE AREA… It’s a wet, soggy morning in most spots across south Alabama and northwest Florida as a cold front approaches our area from the northwest. We are observing the steep thermal gradient across our region as some spots on the eastern side of the region are in the 70s with locales in southern Mississippi, just west of our region, reporting 50s at this hour. This cold, dry, stable air is set to filter into our region today from the west. Grab the jacket before you head out the door this morning as temperatures will turn much cooler very quickly when the cold front passes through your location. Trick-or-treating tonight should be dry in most spots. Let’s look at your forecast details.
LEVEL 1 RISK TO OUR NORTH TODAY… Parts of north and east Alabama are included in the Storm Prediction Center’s Level 1 (out of 5) low-end, marginal severe weather risk. This means that an isolated, brief strong to severe storm or two can’t be ruled out. Widespread severe weather is not expected today, however. The following locales are included in the low-end risk zone: Birmingham, Auburn, Prattville, Talladega, Gadsden, Anniston, Huntsville, Centre, Alexander City, Cullman, Oneonta, and surrounding areas. South Alabama and northwest Florida are in the General Thunderstorms zone.
TRICK-OR-TREAT FORECAST: TONIGHT… Cold, drier air should be in place across the entirety of south Alabama and northwest Florida by 5PM. Temperatures will be in the 40s and low-50s across the region. Wind chill values may be in the low-40s at times tonight during the trick-or-treating process. Keep the jackets and hats handy! Rain jackets very likely won’t be needed.
CLEARING SKIES ON FRIDAY… Friday will kick off a slew of nice, cool, fall days with ample sunshine likely by the time we get to the afternoon hours. High temperatures will be in the low-60s. More of the same is expected for Saturday and Sunday with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s.
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See all the graphics and details in your Thursday #rzw forecast video… Have a great day!
SCATTERED STORMS OVERNIGHT… The low-end risk of severe weather continues through the morning hours as we wait for a cold front currently situated to our west to pass through our area. This is not a night where we need to stay awake because of a severe weather potential, but it IS a night to have something that can wake you up just in case a weather warning is required for your specific area.
STORMS NEAR THE COAST… We’ll be watching the small, developing showers and thunderstorms that are popping up near the Alabama and northwest Florida beaches. The main concern in the hours ahead will be gusty winds and heavy rain in the localized areas where these storms happen. Damaging wind gusts or a brief tornado will also be possible in any storms that can ramp up to severe levels.