FIRST ALERT: New tropical depression forms and a freeze threat for Monday morning

Updated: Oct. 31, 2020 at 7:42 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - THE NEXT 24 HOURS: We’ve had several reports of ghosts and goblins this evening! The weather was perfect for all of the trick-or treaters and dry weather will continue overnight for most areas. We’re tracking another cold front that will bring increasing clouds overnight and a stray shower or two can’t be ruled out after midnight. By the way, don’t forget Daylight Saving Time ends tonight, so we fall back one hour at 2AM. Morning clouds will give way to more sunshine tomorrow afternoon, but it’s going to feel much cooler, with a chilly north wind.

FIRST ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FREEZING TEMPERATURES: The winds will settle Sunday night and with a clear sky, we will experience some of the coldest weather of the season so far. We could experience freezing conditions for the first time this season in many areas north of I-20. We will also have a threat of widespread frost. So take steps to protect the plants tomorrow. A freeze watch is currently in effect for areas to the far north for Sunday night and Monday morning.

NEW TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS: Another tropical depression has formed in the Caribbean and there is a good chance this will become Tropical Storm Eta. The forecast data shows this system moving west towards Central America. However, there is lots of uncertainty in the long range data. I wouldn’t cancel any vacation plans at this time, but check in for updates.

NEXT WEEK: We will continue to experience colder weather and dry days for most of next week. Highs will only reach the middle to upper 50s on Monday, with lows back in the 30s Monday night. We will enjoy lots of sunshine on Monday and for Election Day. Temperatures on Tuesday will top out in the 60s.

Highs will rebound into the 70s by next weekend, with lows in the 40s and 50s. We may see more clouds later in the week as an easterly flow brings a slight increase moisture levels. However, for now the forecast looks to remain dry through at-least Friday. I’ll have more specifics the changes ahead, after football this evening on WBRC FOX6.

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