Cold front to bring cool temps, rain

Published 5:31 pm Thursday, October 2, 2014

A cold front making its way to Alabama from the Central Plains will likely bring rain and cooler temperatures to the area the next few days.

During the overnight hours and into Friday, Clanton could see showers and thunderstorms beginning as early as 4 a.m. as the cold front moves through slowly, meteorologist Jessica Chace with the National Weather Service said Thursday afternoon.

“You could have showers lingering through the morning hours tomorrow,” Chace said. “You should see the front move through Clanton by noon.”

Between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. Friday morning, the area could receive some isolated strong to severe thunderstorms and possibly damaging straight-line winds up to 60 miles per hour and some hail, Chace said.

“For all of Chilton County, it looks like the threat will be a lot lower,” Chace said. “We’re expecting areas north of I-20 to be at greater risk.”

Temperatures will start to fall Friday evening, so those attending sporting events are advised to bring a light jacket.

Low temperatures in the upper 40s are expected Saturday morning, with mid-60s in the afternoon.

“It will be a little windy in the afternoon on Saturday with winds sustained about 10-15 miles per hour with gusts around 20 miles per hour during the peak afternoon hours,” Chace said. “It looks like our coldest morning will be on Sunday, where we’ll see temperatures in the lower 40s at sunrise.”

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-70s Sunday with mild winds.