OCTOBER CHILL ARRIVES
The winds have shifted early Friday evening and colder air is surging into the state. A gusty wind shift to the northwest signaled the cooler air arrival and temperatures are falling quickly. By 6 PM the temperature fell to 64° in Lafayette, down 17 degrees front a lunchtime high of 81°.
A jacket will be required early Saturday morning as temperatures dive into the upper 40s by sunrise Saturday.
Frost and Freeze advisories have been hoisted across the upper Midwest for Friday night.
WARM OCTOBER TAKES A TURN
The string of above normal weather rolled on Friday before the cold front passed. We reached 83 degrees which is 14° above normal. To date the average temperature is 6.5 degrees above normal and the warmest first week to an October in 9 years.
Plenty of sunshine is expected in the wake of Friday's front. Drier and cooler air settles in with temperatures at October level 60s Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
DRY SPELL AND WARMER
There are limited and few chances of rainfall over the next 7 day with next Friday showing the best 'chacne' of showers. Rainfall off two long range computers range from only .10" to .22".
The cooler air is temporary and beyond this weekend, afternoon temperatures begin to climb. The latest 8 to 14 day temperature probability is above normal for much of the nation centered on October 15th to the 21th.
MATTHEW TAKES A TURN
Hurricane Matthew weakened Friday evening but continued to pose a dangerous threat to the southeast U.S. The eye of the storm remained just of shore sparing much of Florida's coast from the most powerful winds, the damage ther is still extensive. late Friday Jacksonville was battered by 65 to 75 mph gusts.
The category 2 storm will make a northeast turn and possibly make landfall in South Carolina early Saturday. Heavy rainfall and a strong storm surge will batter the Carolina's through Saturday. Rainfall amounts could top 12 to 15 inches.