Cool & Mild Through Friday, Rain Chances Return this Weekend, Freeze Next Week

Thursday Night Forecast Update

Thursday Night Update for October 13th:

The breezy west winds will  hang around into the day on Friday, but also will the sunshine. Highs will reach the mid 70s on Friday with temperatures hanging around in the 60s for Friday Night Football. Rain and storm chances will return this weekend, but it will not be a total rain out. We will talk about what you can expect this weekend where you live, plus a freeze is looking likely next week as well, we will talk about it here.

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The Mississippi River is running at near record low levels due to a lack over rain upstream over the last couple months. The levels are so low, that salt water from The Gulf of Mexico is actually flowing northward due to the rivers weak flow. Locally, the drought conditions are moderate here in West Tennessee.

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Here is a look at the regional drought concerns as of Thursday October 13th.




Expect clear skies tonight and the winds will weaken as well as the night goes on. Overnight lows will be cool again down near 40°. Showers are not expected but we should stay above freezing tonight.


Very fall like weather will dominate over our area on Friday. Highs on Friday will reach the low to maybe mid 70s and Friday night lows will dip down to around 50° as southwest winds could return by Friday night into Saturday morning. The skies will remain sunny and the winds will come out of the west most of the day and be light around 10 MPH. Rain showers are not expected and temperatures will be in the low 60s or upper 50s during the Friday night football games.


The weekend will have a little bit of something for everyone. Saturday will be the warmer and nicer day as another system is forecast to move through on Sunday bringing another round of rain showers and possibly some storms with it. Mostly sunny skies are expected on Saturday with clouds increasing into the day on Sunday. Highs on Saturday will make it back up into the low 80s due to breezy southwest winds. Saturday night lows will fall down to the mid 50s. Highs on Sunday will only make it into the 70s and depending on the timing of the system, upper 70s or low 70s both look possible. Rain showers could linger overnight into early next week, if the system stalls out which looks possible. The winds will start of of the southwest this weekend and switching to the west than the northwest by Monday morning.


The coldest weather this fall will be coming in next week and that includes the chances for our first freeze in the middle of the week. Highs are only expected to be in the low 60s to start the week and lows will drop each night and down into the 30s. There is a chance for some low 30s Tuesday and Wednesday night. Sunny to mostly sunny skies are also expected for the first half of the week. The winds will be breezy at times and come out north. Rain showers are not in the forecast for the majority of the work week. Take necessary precautions for the colder weather that will be moving on it.


It looks like the last heat wave of the summer was over on September 22nd, just in time for the beginning of fall. Some of us saw our first frost on Sunday morning October 8th. There doesn’t appear to be any frost of freeze concerns this week but early next week a freeze might be coming. There will also be more chances for severe weather as October is the start of our second severe weather season.  The tropics have been started out quiet but usually begin to heat up towards the beginning of fall and we are again monitoring a few systems that could move into the Gulf of Mexico by the end of October. So you need to stay weather aware to changing weather patterns and monitor the forecasts closely. We got you covered in the WBBJ 7 Storm Team Weather Center as always.

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Storm Team Chief Meteorologist
Joel Barnes
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