Fall starts Wednesday at 2:21 p.m. CST

Yesterday afternoon’s rumbles of thunder and rain ushered in a fresh blue sky Wednesday morning with much cooler temperatures and lower humidity.

The cooler weather arrived right in time to welcome the fall equinox, one of the moments in the year when the sun is directly over the equator. While today is the first day of fall, the new autumn season does not technically begin until 2:21 p.m. CST Wednesday.

Here in the River Region, the colorful fall foliage of reds, oranges, and yellows in the trees are forecasted to show up in November, but the cooler weather is still a welcomed sight.

Last night’s rain totals ranged from .05 inches in portions of southern Bradley, western Calhoun, and Northern Cleveland Counties, up to 1 inch in Warren, and as much as 1.75 inches in central and southwestern Bradley County.

Temperatures are expected to rise to a high of 77 degrees by Wednesday afternoon. Lows Wednesday night are expected to drop to around 51 degrees, with Thursday morning temps around 53.

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