DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Expect the cloud cover that moved in during the overnight hours to stick around as we go through the rest of your Friday, with a weak cold front sweeping through during the afternoon. This front will have little to offer in the way of moisture, so only an isolated shower or two will be possible at best in advance of it. We’ll rise from the upper 30s to near 40 this morning to the mid 50s for high temperatures.
The big story with this front will be what comes after its passage: another shot of cold, Arctic air. The cooldown looks to commence starting tonight, where our temperatures will plummet down to the mid 20s for overnight lows thanks to clearing skies and a shift in our winds to the north-northwest post-front. With temperatures falling down to these levels, widespread frost will develop across much of the region, especially as we get closer to sunrise Saturday morning, so make sure to bring in any outdoor pets and plants before you head off to bed tonight! Another impact we’ll see behind the front will be gusty winds on the order of 15 mph sustained and potentially higher speeds in spurts up to 25-30 mph. This combined with the cold temperatures will help drop the wind chill down to the mid teens area-wide to start off your Saturday. With this in mind as well, make sure to bundle up if you have any plans to go and about early to start off the weekend!
After this frigid start to the day, we’ll only climb up to the low 40s for high temperatures Saturday afternoon despite sunny skies. With breezy conditions continuing as well, the wind chill will keep feels like temperatures down in the mid 30s for much of the day, so be sure to bundle up also if you have any plans to go out later in the day too!
Temperatures will drop down quickly once again tomorrow night, and with winds finally subsiding by this point, this will provide another good setup for frost and potentially even colder temperatures than tonight, with mid to possibly low 20s on tap as we head into Sunday morning.
After another bone-chillingly cold start for Sunday, we finally look to rebound nicely as we go through the rest of the day, with temperatures soaring back into the upper 50s for highs as plentiful sunshine prevails once again.
As we begin the next work week on Monday, a significant uptick in temperatures can be expected as a ridge moves into the eastern half of the country. This will help us easily make it back to the 60s for highs by the afternoon after a start in the 30s under mostly sunny skies.
Tuesday looks to continue this rise in temperatures as rain chances (albeit low at 20%) look to return to the forecast as a shortwave makes its way towards the region. We’ll begin the day in the 40s and top out in the mid to upper 60s by the afternoon.
Rain chances look to ramp up considerably from there to 50% for both Wednesday and Thursday as another shortwave develops and moves our way in addition to a cold front, placing us in an unsettled pattern for the middle of the work week. Expect to start off both days in the 50s and reach the mid to upper 60s for highs.