DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Our severe weather threat has officially ended now that the line of showers and storms that affected much of the region overnight and early this morning has moved out. We have not dried out entirely yet though, as we are seeing light showers move through the region out ahead of our long-awaited cold front. Expect these to push out of the Tri-State as we go through the next few hours, followed by the passage of the front itself close to lunchtime.
In wake of this front, cloud cover will move out as well, so we can expect sunshine to return for a good portion of the afternoon. High temperatures prior to the frontal passage will top out in the upper 70s once again. This return to nicer weather will be short-lived though, as moisture wrapping around behind the front will bring back clouds and the chance for a few additional showers as we go into the late afternoon and evening hours. Rain chances area-wide though will be on the lower side by this point compared to this morning at only around 20%. Additionally, we will see winds pick up quite a bit post-front during the second half of the day, with sustained speeds of 15-20 mph and gusts potentially up to 30 mph.
Much cooler air will then filter into the region as we go through the overnight hours and into Friday morning. This will allow most spots to drop down to the mid 50s as we start off the final day of the work week. As for the rest of Friday, we can expect the aforementioned wraparound moisture to stick around, meaning the majority of us will see partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies for much of the day, as well as the chance once again for an isolated shower or two. Afternoon highs will be well below average for this time of year as most spots only reach the low to mid 60s. These much cooler temperatures combined with the continued breezy conditions will make for a very chilly day overall where it will feel more like winter than fall!
We can expect a similar setup for Saturday with partly sunny skies across the board once again, but it looks like we will stay dry overall as the wraparound moisture does start to push out a little bit. Highs will be on the cool side once again in the low to mid 60s.
As high pressure settles back into the Southeast on Sunday/Halloween, this will finally allow wall-to-wall sunshine to return to the region. This will also help to subside the wind as well and return our high temperatures to the low 70s. We can expect the nice weather to stick around for that trick-or-treating forecast as well, but you may want to bundle up before going out and about, as we can expect temperatures to drop down into the 50s throughout the evening under clear skies.
We’ll stick with this pattern of sunny and pleasant weather for Monday through Wednesday of next week as well. High temperatures will continue their march back to more seasonable values, with low to mid 70s expected each afternoon.