Thursday Night, October 19, 2017
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson

Another picture-perfect October day ahead, but changes for the wetter and colder are coming!

Expect a a near-exact repeat of Thursday on Friday: cool and dry early with some patchy fog, sunny and warm in the afternoon with a very light breeze from the southeast (under 10 mph). Clouds start thickening some Saturday, and rain becomes likely by Sunday night. A big-ticket storm system brings a lot of rain with it from Sunday night to Monday, then it turns colder again.

Football Friday: This is not your classic ‘cold’ Friday night in mid-October where sales of hot chocolate and coffee skyrocket at concession stands. We get another mild Friday night: kick-off temps in the upper 60s/near 70ºF, fourth-quarter temps around 61ºF to 66ºF.

Weekend planning: Saturday starts out cool (in the 50s) then warms up quickly with a partly cloudy sky and a slight increase in humidity. Expect a high in the upper 70s and great weather for Fall festivals, football games, and yard work! The grass is still growing, so if your lawn needs mowing, Saturday gives you a really nice weather set-up to work with!

Clouds thicken throughout the day Sunday, and so does the humidity. Some scattered showers are possible before sunset; however, most of the widespread rain holds off until Sunday night and Monday. It may get heavy at times thanks to a very slow-moving storm system lumbering across the region.

College Football: It will be a pleasant weather across the southeast!

Alabama vs. Tennessee – Bryant Denny Stadium – Tuscaloosa – 2:30pm WHNT – Partly cloudy and warm in Tuscaloosa this weekend. Highs reach the lower 80s for the afternoon. There is no chance of rain. You can watch the game on WHNT News 19!

Auburn at Arkansas – Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium – Fayetteville, AR – 6:30pm – The high in Fayetteville is 78 Saturday. It will be in the lower 70s at kickoff and middle 60s in the 4th quarter. There is a good chance of rain and possible storms as a cold front moves in.

UNA at Central Washington – Tomilson Stadium – Ellensburg, WA – The Lions head west this weekend. Expect a cloudy and cool forecast in Washington State with a chance of rain. Highs only reach the upper 40s to near 50. Pack the sweater and poncho!

Alabama A&M is off this weekend. The Magic City Classic is Saturday, October 28 at Legion Field in Birmingham.

A big soaking Sunday night through Monday: A very slow-moving storm system ‘drags its feet’ drifting across Alabama between Sunday night and Monday afternoon. Widespread soaking rain, a breeze, and high humidity come along with it: storms possible, severe weather unlikely.

As much as 1-2” of rain may fall on average; some isolated pockets may get as much as 3” or 4” by Monday night. Monday is definitely a rain gear kind of day!

Unseasonably chilly behind the rain: The cold air blowing in behind the slow-moving storm drags us into an early December-like chill! Expect temperatures to only make it to the mid-60s Tuesday, the upper 50s on Wednesday and right around 60ºF on Thursday.

While some frost is possible Thursday morning, most of us will stay just warm enough to prevent a ‘killing freeze’ that would end the growing season.

Tennessee Valley Forecast:

TONIGHT: Mostly clear and calm. Chilly. Low: 50. Wind: Light E.

FRIDAY: Cool in the morning, partly cloudy and warm in the afternoon. High: 77. Wind: SE 2-5.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Becoming clear and cool for Football Friday! Temperatures in the upper 60s at kickoff, a few upper 50s by 4th quarter. Overnight low: 52. Wind: SE 2-5.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy, warm, and becoming more humid. High: 79. Wind: SE 5-10.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and and not as cold. Humid. Low: 60. Wind: SE 5-10.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy and warm in the morning and afternoon. Increasing showers and storms in the late afternoon and evening. High: 78. Wind: SE 10-15, gusts 20. Rain: 40%.

SUNDAY NIGHT: Scattered showers and storms becoming more widespread. Rain heavy at times. Low: 65. Wind: SE 10-15. Rain: 70%.

MONDAY: Scattered showers and storms, rain heavy at times through the evening. High: 70. Wind: SSE 7-12. Rain: 70%.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a stray shower possible in the morning, then becoming mostly sunny and much cooler by the afternoon. High: 65. Wind: WNW 10-15.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and much cooler! High: 58. Wind: NW 5-10.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny and cool. High: 60. Wind: SSW 5-10.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, not as chilly. High: 68. Wind: SW 5-10.

SATURDAY: Increasing clouds with a chance of afternoon rain showers. High: 64. Wind: SW 5-10. Rain: 30%.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy and cool. High: 67. Wind: SW 5-10.