The cold front that was the behind our scattered storms yesterday is now to our south and east. Now a cooler and drier air mass is making it presence known as it builds in behind the frontal boundary. The cooler, drier air mass will continue to build over the area tonight. So expect clear skies with calm winds out of the west around 5 mph. By midnight temperatures will be around the mid to upper 60s.
Thursday morning will start of chilly for many in the low 60s, and maybe even the upper 50s for some. Sunny skies through the day will gradually warm up temperatures into the low to mid 80s for an afternoon high. Thursday night will likely be cooler than tonight with an expected overnight low in the upper 50s for many.
With an upper-level low over the eastern half of the U.S., north/northwesterly flow will remain in place through Friday and into the weekend. Friday and Saturday will continue the trend of afternoon highs in the low to mid 80s, and I think we'll get back into the upper 80s as early as Sunday or Monday afternoon. So expect cool mornings and comfortable, warm afternoons for the next few days.
WEATHER APP TESTS: Over the next week the entire WSFA First Alert Weather team will continue to test our "Targeted Alert System" through the WSFA First Alert Weather App. Our targeting alert system is one of the latest additions to our completely revamped weather app. We now have the ability to alert anyone with our weather app about adverse/severe weather down to the street. This goes beyond the county warning system you are used to, and is meant to alert you regarding significant weather situations before they turn severe. It's all in our effort to ensure that you get your "First Alert" from WSFA.
Testing began today for resident in Autauga and Montgomery counties and next up we have Elmore and Tallapoosa counties tomorrow. To ensure you are set up to receive the targeted alerts be sure you go to MENU which can be selected by selecting the 3 horizontal bars in the top left corner. Once the menu bar slides open select USE CURRENT LOCATION. You need to make sure the weather app is following your location at all times because if it's not you will not have access to all of the free feature this app provides. Testing will continue through Tuesday next week. We will not conduct any testing over the weekend. To know when testing will occur in your county, refer to the schedule in the graphic above.
CHECKING THE TROPICS: Tropical Storm Matthew continues to gain strength as it move west into the Caribbean . Matthew will likely intensify into a Category 1 hurricane by the end of the workweek and possibly a Category 2 hurricane by the end of the weekend. The good news for now Matthew forecast model trends are showing a very sharp turn in Matthew's projected path. Midday Saturday models are showing Matthew turning abruptly north and moving just east of Jamaica and eventually Cuba. This is good news because this will place the threat more so for East Coast rather than the Gulf Coast and Alabama. But there's still a lot of time left and this path could change so stay tuned for future updates!
Vernon Turner, WSFA First Alert Meteorologist
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