WDHN Storm Team: Changes coming in the extended forecast thanks to two cold fronts


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Temperatures are a little milder in the 50s to start off Friday Eve thanks to a shift in our winds to the SE as well as some cloud cover that has moved into the region. Additionally, some locally dense fog has developed, particularly across parts of Houston County, so make sure to take some extra time in getting to your destination if you’re out on the roads! As we go through the rest of the morning, expect this fog to gradually dissipate and our temperatures to warm up under mostly cloudy skies.

As we go into the afternoon hours, our focus turns to our first of two cold fronts that will push through the Tri-State over the next 48 hours. Out ahead of it, plenty of moisture will stream in thanks to southerly flow from the Gulf, meaning we will likely see scattered showers form and move across the area during this time. Thankfully, the day won’t be a washout and not everyone will see rain, as the chance overall area-wide will be around 40%. Despite the increased cloud cover and areal extent of rain, most locations will see another warm day overall with highs reaching the mid to upper 70s once again.

The good news is, this round of showers should be in the process of moving out by the time folks start heading out to the National Peanut Festival once the gates open at 4:30, but if you’re planning on going out there early, it might not be a bad idea to have a rain jacket or umbrella handy just in case the rain hangs around a little longer than anticipated. With regards to the rest of the evening, expect partly cloudy skies with only an isolated rain chance at best and temperatures on the warmer side in the 60s. Our second round of showers will then move in as we head towards the early overnight hours, with this one right along the front itself. It should be out of here once the front clears the region just after midnight early Friday morning.

In wake of this initial front, expect drier air to filter back in as we go into Friday. We won’t see much of a change in temperature though, so expect to start out the day in the 50s once again and top out in the low 70s under mainly sunny skies.

Our second cold front then quickly sweeps through late Friday night into early Saturday morning. Since much of the moisture with the first front will already be gone by this point, we will likely stay dry as this one passes through.

Behind this front, much cooler air will push into the Tri-State as we go into Saturday. Thus, we’ll begin the day cool in the upper 40s and only make it up to the low to mid 60s during the afternoon despite plentiful sunshine.

Sunday morning will likely feature our coldest temperatures so far this fall as most spots drop down to the upper 30s! As we go through the rest of the day, expect sunny skies once again with below average high temperatures in the low 60s.

Mainly sunny skies and cool temperatures will stick around for Monday and Tuesday of next week as well. We’ll start out each day in the upper 30s to low 40s and reach the mid 60s by the afternoon.

By the time Wednesday rolls around, we’ll start to warm back up to more seasonable temperatures. Expect another day of mostly sunny skies with high temperatures returning to the 70s by this point.

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