Thursday Afternoon, October 23, 2014
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson

Warming Trend Underway

Partial Solar Eclipse This Evening! Some high clouds may interfere with viewing in spots, but visibility should be decent for most of the Tennessee Valley. See how to view it at Valleywx.com

It got as cold as 34ºF in Winchester and Fort Payne this morning, but as the sun rose, the frost melted, and it turned out to be a pretty nice Thursday! Expect more of the same type weather with some minor changes day to day through the weekend.

We still expect zero rainfall in the short-term, but temperatures will be warming considerably through Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Football Friday and the Weekend: We have been very fortunate this high school football season with respect to weather! Expect another fantastic night for being outdoors: temperatures start off in the upper 50s at kick off and drop to the lower 50s in the fourth quarter.

Saturday and Sunday look great for any outdoor activities: a light breeze, a sunny sky, and warmer air. Daytime highs warm into the upper 70s and lower 80s both afternoons after cool starts in the lower 50s. A strong area of high pressure keeps things dry through the weekend, but as it shifts east early next week, we see an increase in moisture leading to a chance of some rain by midweek.

College Football This Weekend: All games rain free!

Magic City Classic: Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State – Legion Field – Birmingham. 2:30 pm. It’s the Bulldogs and Hornets Saturday afternoon. Look for perfect tailgating weather with temperatures in the upper 60s to near 70. Expect lower to middle 70s at kick off with middle 60s in the 4th quarter.

Alabama at Tennessee: Neyland Stadium – Knoxville 7:30 ET. (6:30 CT) Look for a pleasant evening in Knoxville. Take the jacket and hat. Temperatures dip from the middle 60s at kickoff to the upper 50s in the quarter.

Auburn vs South Carolina: Jordan-Hare Stadium – Auburn 6:30 CT. It’s a beautiful for on the Plains this weekend. Mild temperatures for tailgating with readings in the middle 70s. By kickoff, we’ll be in the upper 60s. You might want to take a jacket with temperatures in the upper 50s to lower 60s in the 4th quarter.

UNA vs. West Georgia: Braly Stadium – Florence 6:00 CT. No problems weather-wise for the Lions. Temperatures will be around 70 at kickoff with middle 60s in the 4th quarter. No rain gear necessary.

Next Week’s Rain Potential: A weak cool front dropping into the Valley from the northwest slowly works across the region between Tuesday and Thursday of next week. Clouds and occasional showers suppress temperatures a bit, and once that front passes we return to near-normal conditions for late October.

The odds of “significant” rain (that’s more than 0.25” in one day) are only about 10% Tuesday and 40% Wednesday. The chance of any measurable rain at all is somewhat higher than that (as high as 60-70%).

Rain looks to be out of here by Thursday night leaving us dry and seasonable for Halloween next Friday.

TONIGHT: Fair and cool. Dry. Low: 46. Wind: Light North.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 73. Wind: NE 5-10.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Fair and cool. Low: 50. Wind: Light NE.

SATURDAY: Sunny and warmer. High: 78. Wind: NW 5-10.

SUNDAY: Fair and warmer. High: 80. Wind: SE 5-10.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and dry. High: 82. Wind: S 10-20.

TUESDAY: Increasing clouds. A few showers possible in the afternoon and evening. High: 77. Wind: SSE 10-20. Rain: 10%.

WEDNESDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy. Some scattered showers/storms possible. High: 71. Wind: SW 10-15. Rain: 40%.

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers ending by afternoon. High: 70. Wind: NW 6-12. Rain: 20%.

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