Thursday, October 24 Forecast Discussion

A chilly start for us today, but with dry air and ample sunshine, we will return to the 70s later this afternoon. A weak cold front will pass through over the next couple of hours, and the only thing you will notice really is the increase in winds later today, not thanks to the cold front itself, but the colder air rushing in behind it thanks to an area of high pressure currently centered over Kansas and Nebraska.

That colder air will arrive overnight, dropping lows to the 40s (so not as cold as this morning), but highs tomorrow will struggle to return to the low 60s with locations along and north of Highway 16 in Mississippi and I-20/59 in Alabama possibly staying in the upper 50s. This sets the stage for a very cold night Friday night into Saturday where lows will dip dangerously close to freezing, with the same northern locations possibly reaching freezing, having our first frost and potential freeze in these locations Saturday morning.

Saturday will signal the beginning of our big warm up after our cold start. Highs will get close to 70 Saturday with all of us returning into the low 70s for Sunday and middle to upper 70s for Monday. High pressure should keep us dry until the latter portion of next week when we could see a potent cold front arrive. With as warm as we will be next week, this system will bear some monitoring. For now, timing is still an issue as we could see this front arrive anytime between Wednesday and Friday, so I will not place a rain chance or go into any particulars at this point, but know we could have a stormy Halloween.


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