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FIRST ALERT: Get ready for much colder temperatures by morning

Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 5:57 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2021 at 9:44 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Breezy early on tonight and mainly clear. A FIRST ALERT for a chilly night ahead and temperatures dropping into the middle and upper 40s most places by morning though lower 50s will be possible south. After a cool start, the rest of Tuesday looks fantastic. The breeze will back off later in the day and we will get to enjoy lots of sunshine and highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Wednesday will start off in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Most of Wednesday will be dry but clouds will increase as our Next Big Thing gathers strength to our west and heads our way.

Our next big thing is the arrival of a strong cold front that will impact our area for the second half of the week. Models still do not agree on the timing of rain so plan on it as early as the evening hours but generally for most of it to arrive Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Our biggest threats will be pockets of heavy rain and windy conditions. Rainfall totals could exceed 1″ in some spots though generally the data is coming in lighter now with amounts. Winds will be increasing from the northwest at 10-20 mph with gusts near 35 mph Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Make sure all loose yard items and Halloween decorations are secure! Flood threat is low as of now. Severe threat with this system will likely remain along the Gulf Coast and far southwest Alabama, but we will monitor the latest trends over the next couple of days.

Once the cold front moves through Central Alabama Thursday, an upper-level low will likely stall across the Midwest and bring in rounds of clouds and breezy conditions across the Southeast. We will likely see cloudy conditions Friday and Saturday with widely scattered showers possible at any time. Temperatures continue to trend cooler Friday and Saturday and highs many places may only reach the 50s. The breeze plus cool temperatures will equal a chillier feel and you needing to bundle up for a change. A spotty shower is possible for the Magic City Classic on Saturday, and it will be cool with readings in the 50s. The weather improves just in time for Halloween. Temperatures should remain well below average on Sunday and Monday with highs in the mid 60s and lows in the 40s.

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