First warning of dense fog this morning; Mostly cloudy on Halloween

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Happy Halloween! It looks a little spooky outside thanks to the stuffy air and fog. The first AccuTrack Satellite and Radar alert shows us this morning cloudy with a few scattered showers, especially in eastern Alabama. The big story this morning is the threat of patchy thick fog. The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for all of central Alabama until 9 a.m. Visibility can be a quarter mile or less. If you plan to be on the roads this morning, I would slow down and be careful. Temperatures will be mostly in the mid to upper 50s this morning with a few spots in the low 60s. Cloudy to partly cloudy skies are likely in the afternoon. The cloud cover will prevent our temperatures from warming up quickly today. We will likely see high temperatures rising into the upper 60s with a few spots in the lower 70s. Winds will be out of the southwest at 5 to 10 mph. We can’t rule out a few spotty light showers before 7pm. Most of us will end up dry today. Chance of rain around 10%. If you have kids planning trick or treating tonight, temperatures are forecast to cool down to the low to mid 60s after 6 p.m. Temperatures are likely to cool into the upper 50s after 10 p.m.

Clouds Stick Around Tomorrow: We’ll likely start out partly clear to mostly cloudy tomorrow morning with temperatures dropping into the low to mid 50s. Patchy fog cannot be ruled out tomorrow morning. We are likely to see partly clear skies for the first half of tomorrow, but cloud cover is likely to increase tomorrow afternoon with mostly cloudy skies. High temperatures are forecast to warm into the low to mid 70s with north winds 5 to 10 mph. A weak disturbance is likely to push through central Alabama Tuesday into Wednesday, but moisture appears to be limited. At this time we are keeping our forecast dry for Tuesday through Wednesday.

First warning of dense fog this morning;  Mostly cloudy on Halloween
First warning of dense fog this morning; Mostly cloudy on Halloween(wbc)
First warning of dense fog this morning;  Mostly cloudy on Halloween
First warning of dense fog this morning; Mostly cloudy on Halloween(wbc)

Warming up for this week: If you want sunny weather, you’ll love the forecast for the middle and end of the work week. We should see plenty of sunshine Wednesday through Friday as a high pressure system builds in the southeast. Morning temperatures will likely start in the 50s with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Early November temperatures are likely to end up 5 to 10 degrees above average. Our average high/low for this time of year is 70°F/48°F. The weather will be great for taking down the Halloween decorations and working in the garden around the house.

Weekend Forecast: We’ll be watching for another cold front to our west that will likely approach Alabama over the weekend and into early next week. Saturday is shaping up to be dry with increasing clouds. We will likely see morning temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s this weekend with highs in the upper 70s. A cold front is expected to increase humidity. We’ll establish a 20% chance for isolated showers Sunday evening, mainly in western Alabama. The timing and coverage of rainfall thus far remains uncertain. Hopefully by midweek we will be better able to handle the weekend rains.

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday: We want to remind you that Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday morning, November 6th. When we enter standard time, we “fall back” an hour. Sunday sunrise will now occur at 6:10 AM. Sunset ends very early at 4:50pm. This is a good reminder to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and NOAA weather radios as we prepare for the winter months.

Tropical Update: We are tracking “Potential Tropical Cyclone Fifteen” located in the Caribbean. The tropical wave is not yet a tropical depression or storm, but is likely to become one within the next 12-24 hours. The system is just southeast of Jamaica, where a tropical storm watch has been issued. If this system becomes a tropical storm, it will become Tropical Storm Lisa. The National Hurricane Center predicts that this system will move directly west across the Caribbean and make landfall in Belize Wednesday evening as a severe tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane. From Thursday to Friday, it will cause heavy rains and possible flooding in some parts of Mexico and Guatemala. This system will have no effect on our weather or the United States. The rest of the Atlantic remains quiet. We still have a month until hurricane season officially ends.

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