Saturday Morning, November 1, 2014
Meteorologist Jake Reed

Windy and cold to begin November

A true taste of winter weather blasted into the Tennessee Valley Friday afternoon with 40+ m.p.h. wind gusts and light rain– we’ll see more sunshine today but it will still be windy and very cold. Highs today for most will remain in the upper 40s. The wind chill early Saturday will be near or just below freezing. The strong winds are due to a steep pressure gradient between cold Canadian high pressure building south down the Mississippi River Valley and a deepening area of low pressure over the Carolinas.

The wind will relax as we head into tonight and early Sunday. This will create more optimum conditions for frost and temperatures will be colder tomorrow morning. A freeze warning will be in effect for all of the Tennessee Valley Sunday morning from midnight until 9:00 a.m. Temperatures rebound quickly to start next week– we’ll spend a few days near 70 before the chance for showers returns Wednesday.

Cold Blasts In for the Weekend: Freezes are likely for most of the Valley on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings. It is safe to say the growing season ends this weekend!

Saturday could end up being one of the coldest November Firsts on record in Huntsville. We are forecasting a high of 50 degrees underneath a sunny sky; the record-coldest high for November 1 is 49 degrees (1925 and 1951). A blustery north wind makes it feel like it’s in the 30s and 40s all day. That’s more like January 1st than November 1st!

Expect 3-6 hours of sub-freezing temperatures on Sunday morning, and it stays cool Sunday afternoon: highs in the mid-50s with sunshine and a light east breeze.

This is not the first time in recent history the days surrounding Halloween have brought this kind of cold.  It actually snowed on Halloween night back in 1993.

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. 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, temperatures average in the 40s and 50s.

Warming Up Some Next Week: Monday is last really “cold”morning of this round. Temperatures rise into the 60s and 70s on Monday and Tuesday. Showers are possible again by Wednesday and Thursday.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. A cool breeze! High: 50. Wind: N 12-22.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. Cool. High: 55. Wind: ENE 5-10.

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

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy. Warmer. High: 70. Wind: S 7-14.

WEDNESDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy and mild. Scattered showers possible. High: 70. Wind: S 10-20. Rain: 20%.

THURSDAY: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy and mild. High: 64. Wind: NW 7-14. Rain: 20%.

FRIDAY: Sunny and mild. High: 69. Wind: N 10-20.

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