Wednesday Afternoon, October 28, 2020
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson

Zeta quickly moving northeast tonight, gusty winds may down trees and powerlines overnight

Tropical Storm Warnings in effect inland as far north as Etowah and Cherokee Counties

Zeta is a large storm that will bring more rain and some significant wind gusts through mainly Central and East/Northeast Alabama tonight and into early Thursday morning.

The impact will vary greatly from place to place, and it will depend heavily on the exact track of the center of what will still likely be a tropical storm over Alabama by Thursday morning.

These are some of the things we’ll be looking for tonight through 7AM Thursday:

  • Strong wind gusts: generally less than 40 MPH, but near the center a narrow area of 50-80 MPH gusts are possible.
  • Heavy rainfall: some flooding is possible with more than four inches of rain possible near the track. Average rainfall will be in the 1.5″ to 3.0″ range.
  • Tornadoes: these are sporadic occurrences with tropical systems, but we will be on the lookout for them especially over Central and East Alabama including Blount, Marshall, DeKalb, Etowah and Cherokee Counties overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

The bottom line is that you should be prepared for power outages and be alert for any short-term ‘alerts’ like Tornado Warnings or Severe Thunderstorm Warnings so that you can take action to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Be prepared for power outages! Wind like this can uproot trees, break branches, damage lines, and even cause damage to small outbuildings and some roofs. The strongest winds follow near and just east/south of the center’s track.

You can keep up with the latest track of Zeta with our interactive map below:

Quiet weather behind Zeta

A cold front passing Thursday afternoon brings a sudden change and a much cooler, drier setup for the rest of the week and for the Halloween weekend!

Temperatures drop to the upper 40s by Friday morning and barely climb to the upper 50s and lower 60s Friday afternoon with a stiff northwest wind. Football Friday? No worries! Just a little chilly this week, with kick off conditions in the low 50s and upper 40s through the 4th Quarter.

The weekend looks nice as well: cool mornings (40s Saturday morning) and mild afternoons in the 60s and lower 70s.

Halloween Forecast

The hurricane’s tricky weather will be long gone for the holiday weekend, so get set for a treat! We are expecting cool yet pleasant conditions in time for Halloween!

Saturday morning will start off in the upper 30s to low 40s, with some towns experiencing a morning of frost on the Halloween decorations and jack-o’-lanterns!

Plentiful sunshine and a gentle southeast breeze will warm temperatures to the mid 60s on Saturday afternoon. Those temperatures will fall into the mid 50s during the Trick-or-Treat hours, so make sure the costumes are nice and warm this year!

“Turn Back Time” This Sunday!

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2am Sunday, so be sure to turn the clocks back by 1 hour — and don’t forget to check the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors!

Feeling like November on Sunday

Another cold front passes on Sunday leaving us much colder early next week! If you’ve been waiting for the return of that chill from about 10 days ago, it’s coming by next Monday: lows in the 30s, highs in the 50s and 60s to start the first week of November.

TENNESSEE VALLEY FORECAST

TONIGHT: Windy and wet. Locally heavy rainfall especially southeast of the Huntsville area. Wind gusts may go higher than 40 MPH in Huntsville. Some could be close to 60 MPH in the higher terrain of Northeast Alabama.

THURSDAY: Cloudy, breezy and wet early. Wind settling down to 10-20 mph from the west by early afternoon. Expect highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s as a cold front moves through, and scattered showers will last through early afternoon.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy. Colder and drier. Lows in the 40s. Wind: NW 6-12.

FRIDAY: Cloudy early, sunshine breaking through in the afternoon. Cool and dry! Highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Wind: N 6-12.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear and cold. A chilly night for Football Friday! Temperatures drop into the upper 40s Friday evening and low 40s by Saturday morning. Wind: Light North.

SATURDAY: A sunny, mild afternoon! Highs in the mid-60s. Great weather for Trick-or-Treat Saturday night (temp in the 50s and a light wind).

SATURDAY NIGHT: Becoming cloudy, not as cold. Lows in the mid-50s ahead of another cold front arriving Sunday.

SUNDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy. Cool and dry as a reinforcing push of chilly air moves into the region. Expect highs in the 60s with a northwest wind up to 20 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT: Cold and dry. Lows in the low-30s by sunrise Monday. A northwest breeze prevents frost, but the wind chill could be as low as the 20s by Monday morning!

MONDAY: A wind chill in the 20s at sunrise! Cool and dry. Highs in the upper 50s by mid-afternoon with a north-northwest wind around 6-12 MPH.

MONDAY NIGHT: Clear and cold again. Lows in the lower & mid-30s. Some frost expected!

TUESDAY: Cold and frosty early. Sunny and milder in the afternoon. Highs in the 60s. Wind: SW 5-10.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Fair and chilly. Lows in the low-40s.

WEDNESDAY: A sunny, warmer day! Highs around 71°F. Wind: S 5-10.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Not as cold. Lows in the lower/middle 40s.

THURSDAY: Fair and pleasant. Highs in the 70s.