Great Start, Rough End to Week
HALLOWEEN NIGHT LOOKING MILD; SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE THURSDAY
A dry cold front is working its way through the area tonight, giving way to slightly cooler temperatures coming up for Monday. Highs will only be a couple of degrees cooler than today with 70s expected areawide. Lows tonight will be in the 50s, while lows tomorrow night will range from the mid 40s in the typically cooler locations to around 50 in urban areas.
Tuesday will be a bit warmer under sunny skies, while Wednesday will be mostly sunny as well. Humidity will start to increase on Halloween and clouds will as well on Halloween night as moisture returns ahead of a strong storm system that will move through the area on Thursday. Trick-or-treaters will be dry, however, with temperatures in the upper 60s Wednesday evening.
Thunderstorms will approach the area Thursday morning and last into the afternoon, especially in our eastern counties along the U.S. 19 corridor. With moisture, a little instability, and very strong winds aloft that will turn with height, severe weather is possible with some of the storms. The mode and strength of the possible severe weather is still unclear as finer details will determine whether the threat comes in the form of a squall line with damaging winds or a squall line plus individual supercells capable of large hail and isolated tornadoes as well. Those questions will be answered as we get closer to the event this week.
After the storm system and front passes, sunshine and cool conditions return just in time for football games Friday night and Saturday. Highs will be in the 60s with lows in the 40s for the start of the weekend.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker