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Blake Hull practices his skateboard on a sunny and mild Sunday afternoon in Southwest Decatur while Brett Armstrong looks to get in on the fun. Blake's parents are Jason and Jamie Hull. The opportunity for afternoon fun will be short-lived with colder temperatures on the way.
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Blake Hull practices his skateboard on a sunny and mild Sunday afternoon in Southwest Decatur while Brett Armstrong looks to get in on the fun. Blake's parents are Jason and Jamie Hull. The opportunity for afternoon fun will be short-lived with colder temperatures on the way.

30-degree drop
on way to Valley

Mild weather giving way to rain,
colder temperatures

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

A warm spell ends Tuesday as a cold front moves into the area, bringing a week's worth of freezing nights, forecasters said Monday.

Showers and isolated thunderstorms should cease as the cold front moves in. After that, the only thing falling will be the temperature, said Bill Schaub, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Huntsville.

"After about eight or nine o'clock in the evening, it'll start dropping off. By Wednesday morning, the lows should be lower 30s," Schaub said.

Tuesday's forecast is for mild but rainy weather, with highs in the lower 60s.

Wednesday cooldown

Wednesday's highs will be in the mid-30s with overnight lows near 20.

Thursday's highs will be in the mid-30s with lows between 15 and 20.

Friday's highs in the low 40s and lows in the upper 20s should continue into the weekend.

"It's going to stay cold right through Presidents' Day," Schaub said.

"It could get warmer again starting next Tuesday, by a little bit.

Schaub said that, after Tuesday, there won't be any rain, snow or sleet this week apart from a possible shower on Saturday.

"Saturday, there's a 20 percent chance of rain or snow. It's hard to say either way. It depends on the vertical distribution of temperatures. Right now it could be either or," he said.

Schaub advised people to dress warmly and keep spare coats, hats or mittens in their cars.

Check on cars, animals

He also advised checking auto batteries and taking other steps to avoid car trouble, which is bound to be more unpleasant than usual under the circumstances.

Also, livestock or outdoor pets will need additional protection from the weather.

Tuesday's forecast calls for a 100 percent chance of rain, including periodic showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

There is a 60 percent chance of rain Tuesday night, possibly with a thunderstorm.

Wind speeds will be near 15 mph Tuesday and Wednesday. Much of the week will be partly cloudy.

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