FIRST ALERT: One more warm day, then colder air arrives; A passing shower or storm possible late Friday

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 5:13 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2021 at 11:12 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - FIRST ALERT for big changes ahead! A strong cold front will be arriving Friday night and this will bring a big drop in temperatures. We will continue to enjoy pleasantly mild weather through the overnight, with more unseasonable warmth Friday afternoon. It will become increasingly breezy as the cold front nears the region. We will have a partly to mostly sunny sky during the day, with highs in the middle 80s. There will be a chance for a few isolated showers beginning to the northwest in the afternoon and continuing across the entire area Friday evening. That said, most locations should be in good shape for the high school football games. A more organized line of rain and a few embedded storms will race across the area late Friday night. The timing for this looks to be between 9PM and 6AM on Saturday. I’m not too concerned about any severe weather, although winds may be gusty as this line crosses the state. Temperatures will fall quickly behind this line, with the possibility of 40s in some areas Saturday morning.

THE WEEKEND: Highs will struggle to reach the upper 60s on Saturday. Sunshine will return on Saturday, but the wind will remain gusty at times, with a north breeze at 10 to 20 mph. The sky will remain clear through Saturday night, with lows in the 40s. We will have calmer weather for Sunday, with more sunshine, and highs near 69º. Monday morning will likely be the coldest, with lows in the mid to upper 40s.

NEXT WEEK: Will the cooler weather be here to stay? Dry weather will continue through the start of next week, with highs in the 70s and lows in the upper 40s and low 50s through Wednesday. Another cold front looks to impact the state around the Thursday/Friday timeframe. This will bring another chance of rain late on Thursday, but this also looks to keep temperatures on the cooler-side, with highs remaining in the 70s.

If you are traveling for the college football games this weekend, plan for colder conditions. Auburn fans tailgating at Fayetteville Saturday morning can expect lows in the middle to upper 30s, with highs in the low 60s. As the for the Bama game, temperatures will top out in the 60s in Starkville on Saturday, but fall into the 50s during the game. UAB fans can expect a high near 70º in Hattiesburg, but plan for temperatures tumbling into the 50s during the evening.

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