Wednesday Morning, October 22, 2014
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson/Meteorologist Ben Smith

Cooler for Wednesday; Warming Trend This Weekend

It’s a little cooler this morning with readings in the lower to middle 40s in several spots. You may encounter patchy fog in spots. Take the jacket this morning and again Thursday morning as temperatures will be chilly early and at the bus stop.

Temperatures rose to the mid-70s on Tuesday, but an almost undetectable cold front slipping through the Valley Tuesday evening will make it somewhat cooler this afternoon. The day starts out in the low-40s, and temperatures only climb into the mid-60s in the afternoon.

Clear, dry weather continues through the end of the week, and that means we’ve got great viewing for Thursday evening’s partial eclipse in our part of the world! Learn about the eclipse and how (and where) you can safely view it on our blog at Valleywx.com!

Temperature Roller Coaster: Cool, dry air draining in from the northeast early Wednesday keeps temperatures a little cooler in the short-term. Expect daytime highs in the 60s on Wednesday, and there is even a chance of some patchy frost in the typical cold spots by Thursday morning.

We climb the temperature hill again from Friday through the weekend; look for a nice warm-up to the middle and upper 70s by the weekend.

Weekend Weather: The upcoming weekend looks very similar to last weekend: sunny, pleasant and dry. There is no reason to expect showers or thunderstorms this time-around thanks to a large ridge just west of the region.

That ridge brings warm, dry air to the South; daytime highs could be nearing 80 degrees by Sunday and Monday.

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 РKnoxville 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.

Staying Dry: The next chance of at least some rain comes in the October 28th to 31st time frame. Until then, expect warmer weather next week. A few days will see highs at or above 80 degrees.

TODAY: Sunny & cool. High: 66. Wind: NE 5-15.

TONIGHT: Clear and cold. Patchy frost possible. Low: 40. Wind: Light North.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 70. Wind: N 5-10.

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

SATURDAY: Sunny and warmer. High: 77. Wind: N 5-10.

SUNDAY: Fair and mild. High: 78. Wind: NW 5-10.

MONDAY: Sunny, warm and dry. High: 79. Wind: E 5-10.

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