DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — You might want to grab a jacket if you’re planning on going out and about this morning, as we’re seeing a cool start to the day with most locations sitting in the 50s. As we go through the rest of the morning, you’ll be able to shed it as we warm up under mostly sunny skies.
We can expect this pleasant weather to continue for much of the afternoon as well out ahead of our next frontal system. Afternoon highs will top out in the upper 70s for most spots much like yesterday.
Our focus then turns to the threat for strong to severe storms late tonight into early tomorrow morning thanks to the aforementioned frontal system. The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of our area under a Marginal (level 1/5) risk for severe weather to account for this in their Day 1 (for late tonight) and Day 2 (early AM tomorrow) outlooks respectively. The setup itself looks to feature an eastward progressing line of showers and storms that will likely move into our western counties by midnight tonight and exit our eastern counties into southwest GA sometime between 6-8 AM tomorrow morning. This timing, of course, could fluctuate depending on the forward speed of the line itself, so to account for this, we’ve broadened our time window for severe weather impacts, starting around midnight tonight and ending around 9 AM tomorrow morning. Along this line, there will be the threat for damaging winds up to 60 mph with any bowing segments and the potential for an isolated tornado or two. Therefore, since this will be an overnight into early morning event, you need to make sure that you have multiple ways to receive any warnings that come out! Two good sources would be from our WDHN Weather app and a weather radio. Additionally, stay tuned to WDHN on the TV side for later updates concerning this situation as we go through the rest of the day!
The severe weather threat will then end with the front coming through as we transition to Thursday afternoon. In its wake, we won’t dry out entirely, as we’ll still have the chance for a few additional showers thanks to wraparound moisture. The cooldown expected post-front won’t occur instantly either, as highs will still make it up to the mid to upper 70s for most of us. Additionally, we’ll be breezy post-front as well, with 15 mph winds sustained and gusts up to 25 mph possible during the second half of the day.
The aforementioned cooler weather will arrive though as we head into Friday. With wraparound moisture still around, expect partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies to stick around for much of the day. Additionally, we will remain breezy as well. Highs will be well below average, with most spots only reaching the low to mid 60s. This, combined with the gusty winds, will make for a chilly day across the board where it will feel more like winter than fall!
Saturday looks to follow in a similar fashion, but winds will die down a good bit, so it won’t feel as bitterly cold despite below average temperatures once again. Highs will be in the mid 60s.
As we go into Halloween on Sunday, wall-to-wall sunshine will return to the Tri-State as high pressure settles in. Highs will start to warm up a little bit too as most locations return to the 70s. The trick-or-treating forecast looks to keep this nice weather going as well, but you may want to bundle up if you’re planning on going out and about, as we can expect to cool down into the 50s throughout the evening under clear skies.
We’ll keep with this pattern of sunny and pleasant weather for Monday and Tuesday of next week as well. Highs will continue their march upward to more seasonable values, with low to mid 70s expected each afternoon.