Friday Morning, October 31, 2014
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson/Meteorologist Ben Smith

Few Showers, Gusty Wind, Colder Air

A strong cold front blows into the Valley today bringing wind gusts over 30 MPH, occasional showers, and a big shot of colder weather! Temperatures hover in the 50s most of the day with a cloudy sky; it gets rather cold as the sun sets, though! Colder air and a gusty wind combine to make it feel like it’s in the lower to middle 30s on Friday evening.

Bundle Up for Trick-or-Treating and Football Friday: The cold air mass blowing in Friday is impressive. The normal high for Halloween is 69ºF in Huntsville; we are projecting 59ºF with a gusty northwest wind (up to 30 MPH) in the afternoon. There is a small chance of light rain mainly north and east of Huntsville on Friday evening; widespread significant rain is not expected.

After sunset, temperatures drop to the mid-40s with a wind chill in the upper 30s/lower 40s. The wind settles down some late in the evening, but it stays up long enough to prevent frost on Saturday morning.

Cold Weekend: Get ready to turn on the heat and break out the warm clothes! The big chill sets in for the weekend; expect highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s on Saturday after a morning low around freezing.

It looks even colder on Sunday morning with widespread upper 20s and lower 30s, and it only warms into the 55 to 60-degree range on Sunday afternoon.

College Football:

Auburn at Ole Miss – Vaught Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, MS. 6:00pm CT. The Tigers head to Oxford to take on the Rebels. Look for a nice day for tailgating and cooler temperatures for the game. Take the jacket. Temperatures dip from around 50ºF at kickoff to the low-40s in the 2nd half.

Tennessee, UNA, and Alabama A&M are all on the road this weekend. All their forecasts look dry and cool. With evening kickoffs, take the jacket as temperatures average in the 40s and 50s.

Warming Up Some Next Week: The strong high driving the cold air in this weekend slips to the east early next week; that sets up the “return flow” and allows a warming trend to begin.

Temperatures rise into the 70s by the middle of the week, and there is another good chance of some showers between Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

TODAY (HALLOWEEN): Mostly cloudy, breezy, and cool. A few showers possible. High: 59. Wind: NW 15-30. Rain: 10%.

TONIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy. Breezy and cold! Wind chill in the 30s in the evening and mid-20s overnight. Low: 32. Wind: N 10-17. Rain: <10%.

SATURDAY: Sunny. A cool breeze! High: 49. Wind: N 10-20.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. Cool. High: 56. Wind: ENE 5-10.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy and milder. High: 67. Wind: SE 6-12.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy. Warmer. High: 72. Wind: S 7-14.

WEDNESDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy and mild. Scattered showers possible. High: 73. Wind: S 10-20. Rain: 30%.

THURSDAY: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy and mild. High: 70. Wind: SW 10-20. Rain: 50%.

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