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Staying warm Thursday, strong storms possible Friday night

Lightning delays will be possible for high school football games Friday night, especially in the Shoals. This weekend looks spectacular with comfortable Fall temperatures.

Posted: Oct 14, 2021 5:15 AM
Updated: Oct 14, 2021 11:05 AM

The weather pattern continues to sound like a broken record.. but not for much longer.

For today, we're in the mid 60s this morning and heading back to the mid 80s with a mix of sun and clouds this afternoon.

Big changes arrive Friday as the cold front moves into North Alabama later in the evening.

Unfortunately, we may have to deal with a few thunderstorms first before the nice Fall weather settles in. There will still be plenty of heat and humidity Friday that may set off scattered storms ahead of the front during the afternoon hours.

Our main concern, however, will be a narrow line of thunderstorms along the front. A Level 1 Isolated risk has been issued for far northwest Alabama and our southern Tennessee counties.

As the line moves into the Shoals, a few of these storms could be strong to marginally severe. The main threats are lightning, heavy rain, and damaging wind gusts. Here's the current timing for the arrival of Friday night's storms.

Shoals: 7 PM - 10 PM
I-65 and the Metro: 9 PM - 12 AM
Sand Mountain: 11 PM - 2 AM

The timing will be critical for Big Game Friday Night games in northwest Alabama.

Lightning delays will certainly be possible for games in the Shoals. As the line moves closer to I-65, the storms should begin to weaken. It's not impossible to see lightning delays in those areas as well, but the threat will be lower than in the Shoals.

Bottom line, if you have any Friday night plans (football or otherwise), keep an eye to the skies and stay weather aware!

The front quickly moves through overnight, ending our rain chances by sunrise Saturday. You'll notice a BIG difference by the start of your weekend!

With lots of sunshine, temperatures will only reach the upper 60s Saturday afternoon then back to near 70 Sunday. Overnight lows will be very chilly! Here in the city, we'll wind up in the mid 40s. Outlying areas could dip to near 40 degrees by Sunday morning. The Fall air seems to be here to stay but we'll warm back up to the mid 70s by the middle of next week.

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