BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - THE NEXT 24 HOURS: Temperatures are tumbling into the 60s this evening, but it feels much cooler because of an easterly wind. If you’re going to be out and about early in the morning, grab the light jacket. We could see one or two raindrops on the windshield overnight. Satellite shows more cloud cover arriving, keeping our sky mostly cloudy for early on Sunday. We could see some breaks in the clouds later in the day, which would allow temperatures to reach the low to mid 70s. The clouds and isolated showers are being caused by an easterly flow that will eventually pull Tropical Storm Eta into the Gulf of Mexico.
Eta is less than 200 miles from Cuba and expected to cross the country overnight. Eta is moving northeast and will impact far south Florida late Sunday and into Monday. There are still lots of questions with regard to what ultimately happens with Eta. However, once the system moves into the Gulf of Mexico, it will eventually slow in movement. Forecast guidance shows a slow track north, across the eastern Gulf of Mexico. It’s possible the system could redevelop into a hurricane. We will also be tracking a cold front that will move into the region and stall around midweek. It’s still too soon to determine if this front will turn Eta back towards Florida by the end of the week.
As far as our workweek weather goes, we will have a mix of clouds and sunshine, with breezy conditions for Monday. A similar setup is expected on Tuesday, with a chance for a few scattered showers. High temperatures will remain in the 70s, with lows in the 60s. The cold front will reach our area on Veterans Day, so the chance for showers and thunderstorms will increase. We will continue the chance for a passing shower or storm for Thursday and Friday. Once we determine the long range track of Eta, we will be able to offer more specifics regarding next weekend. You can find the latest forecast track for Eta on the WBRC First Alert Weather App, which can be downloaded for free, by searching WBRC in your app store. I will also have the updated advisory forecast track on WBRC Fox6 News, after boxing tonight.