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Next cold front brings rain, storms and then cooler air

Highest rain chance is Wednesday night into early Thursday
Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 5:57 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2021 at 6:03 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A classic late October cold front is moving in our direction; it will bring a shot of rain and storms, followed by dramatically cooler weather for Thursday night through much of Halloween weekend. Before it gets here, though, the weather looks perfect tonight and tomorrow - we’ll drop into the upper 40s and lower 50s across the southern half of the state tonight underneath a partly cloudy sky.

Wednesday looks nice, too. We anticipate a healthy amount of sunshine and afternoon temperatures in the 70s. Not bad for late October, but don’t get used to it.

Watch for breezy conditions messing with those Halloween decorations beginning Thursday.
Watch for breezy conditions messing with those Halloween decorations beginning Thursday.(WSFA 12 News)

Then comes the fall storm system. The system and its cold front will arrive Wednesday night, bringing rain and some embedded thunderstorms to the region throughout the night and into Thursday morning. The severe threat with this system will likely remain to our southwest.

That’s courtesy of the system slowing down, thus limiting the amount of warming and destabilizing we get here in Central Alabama. With the rain and storms arriving at night, we just won’t have enough energy to support severe weather. Could a stronger storm impact parts of our southern counties? Sure, but the threat is quite low.

It will be breezy today, but breezier later this week.
It will be breezy today, but breezier later this week.(WSFA 12 News)

The rain ends Thursday mid-morning, but the system will get “hung up” to our north instead of just pushing away. As a result, we will keep plenty of clouds in place through Saturday. Expect skies to be mostly cloudy during that entire stretch other than briefly turning partly cloudy Thursday late morning and early afternoon.

There will even be a low-end chance of a couple of sprinkles or very light showers Thursday evening through Saturday morning. Many will dodge this activity, but we can’t rule it out. That is especially true for those north of U.S. 80/I-85.

Rain and a few storms are likely Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.
Rain and a few storms are likely Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.(WSFA 12 News)

The system will also bring in much cooler air and blustery to even windy conditions. Winds will be up around 15-20 mph from Thursday to Saturday. Gusts will even get a bit higher than that. Add in high temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s on Friday and low to middle 60s on Saturday, and it will be quite cool!

Fortunately Halloween is shaping up to be gorgeous with ample sunshine and highs in the lower 70s. That sunshine will continue into next week as November gets underway!

Halloween weekend looks very fall-like. Saturday will be breezy, but Sunday looks great.
Halloween weekend looks very fall-like. Saturday will be breezy, but Sunday looks great.(WSFA 12 News)

For the actual trick-or-treat hours both Saturday and Sunday, we’re calling for temperatures starting in the lower 60s and falling into the 50s. Saturday evening’s trick-or-treating forecast does include a slight breeze, so keep that in mind.

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