Bracing for a C-O-L-D weekend

Get set for a BIG change in our weather, as an arctic cold front sweeps through Central Alabama. We’ll have the first back-to-back freezing nights since this past March. Tonight, temperatures may not get too far below freezing, however, with brisk northwest winds, it will feel like the 20s. With the freeze warning is in effect tonight, you’ll want to bundle up if you’re headed out and protect those sensitive plants. The freezing weather returns for a frosty encore and will likely last longer Saturday night:

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By then, with less wind, we could see frost area-wide by Sunday morning. Its all being cause by a cold front followed by a large, dry area of high pressure delivering the Canadian air. By Monday, things moderate a bit as the high slides to our east. An approaching front from the west will help spread clouds back late Tuesday and rain by mid-week.

For the rest of this afternoon and evening, variably cloudy with increasing wind and sharply falling temperatures. Overnight, lows dip into the mid 30s with wind chills in the 20s. Sunshine returns Saturday, but not warmth as highs struggle to get too far above 50° and if they do, it’ll only be for an hour or two. Saturday night will be freezing cold and with less wind areas of frost forming on roofs, lawns and cars parked outside. We’ll have a slow thaw Sunday with highs barely reaching 60°. Partly cloudy skies Monday with highs in the mid 60s and by Tuesday, we should get close to 70° in the afternoon. Election Day looks good with a mix of sun and clouds, but increasing clouds late could lead to the beginning of showers that will last into Wednesday.

If you’re headed to the Smoky Mountains to enjoy fall foliage, prepare for snowfall as well. Anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of the white stuff will likely fall Friday night into Saturday. Might make for challenging driving in Gatlinburg.

College Football this weekend will be fantastic. Great weekend to wear those teams colored sweatshirts and jackets. A hat will not be a bad idea for later into the evening and into the night.

Auburn is in Oxford for Ole Miss. It will be breezy and chilly as well so jackets, hats and sweatshirts will be needed. Expect numbers in the 40s with a light breeze.

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