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Cold temperatures in Tuesday forecast

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

Valley residents should drag out those winter coats and cover plants as a precaution because the season's first cold snap is upon us.

Meteorologist Michelle Parchus of Huntsville's National Weather Service office said temperatures could drop into the upper 20s or lower 30s Tuesday night, possibly bringing scattered frost.

"We are recommending that you cover tender plants and check on the elderly," Parchus said.

After an expected rain during Monday night, Parchus said Tuesday would cool off into the 40s and only reach the 50s during the day. It should be a partly cloudy day with 10 to 15 mph winds. The winds will subside at sundown when temperatures begin to fall.

Parchus said the higher elevations could fall into the upper 20s, so the Decatur and Huntsville area could avoid a hard freeze.

Temperatures should stay in the 50s Wednesday and then fall back into the 30s on Wednesday night.

The forecast for Thursday through the weekend is partly cloudy with highs in the 60s and lows in the upper 30s or lower 40s.

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