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Another terrific day of weather for this last Saturday of November. Plenty of sun for most of the state, while clouds are increasing for northern portions of the state. Another very warm day as temperatures are in the 70s for many of us, which is still 10-15 degrees above average. There are certainly no weather issues for the Iron Bowl today, and we are going to be staying dry for the most part.
There is a chance for a few showers for Northwest Alabama later tonight, but the main weather story continues to be the mess to the west; where flooding, winter weather, and ice storm warnings continue today. Portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas are being dealt a blow my Mother Nature this weekend. The storm system responsible is lifting towards the Great Lakes, and will not be impacting Alabama.
We are watching the associated cold front that is currently stretching from the Mid-Atlantic, back through the Ohio Valley and into eastern Texas, as it will be sliding towards Alabama which will be bringing rain to the forecast as we round out the weekend. This front it moving very slowly, and is making very little forward progress as an area of high pressure over the Southeast Coast is continuing to be the main feature controlling our weather. We do note the significant temperature change from one side of the front to the other making it very easy to find the front on the temperature map below.
For Sunday, some showers are expected for areas along and north of Interstate 20. It doesn’t look like a big rain event as the main dynamic support stays north and west of our state. The weather stays mild Sunday with a high in the upper 60s, but look for more clouds than sun.
As expected, our clouds have been increasing today out ahead of the cold front that will be passing through the state later this evening. There are a few light showers along the frontal boundary and those will be moving through Central Alabama this afternoon, and will be out of here later tonight.
At 2PM this afternoon, the cold front is currently moving through North Mississippi with temps in the 60s in Columbus and Tupelo, and upper 40s with a gusty north wind in Memphis north of the front.
For tonight the sky will gradually clear as the cold and dry air moves into the state. By tomorrow morning, many locations across North-Central Alabama will be at or just below freezing and there will be areas of 20s to the north. A freeze warning is in effect for tonight for the following counties: Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Winston, Walker, Blount, Etowah, Cherokee & Pickens. This includes the cities of Hamilton, Sulligent, Vernon, Fayette, Double Springs, Jasper, Oneonta, Gadsden, Centre, and Carrollton. This warning is in effect from 3AM to 9AM.
Better have those jackets ready to go the next few days as the coldest air so far this season arrives behind the front. Tomorrow will be a gorgeous day with an abundance of sunshine and cobalt blue sky. However, looks will be very deceiving, it will be a blustery day with a chilly north wind of 10-20 mph, and afternoon highs will not climb above the mid 40s.
With even colder temperatures tomorrow night, where most locations will be well down into the 20s, all of Central Alabama is under freeze warning tomorrow night from 9PM-9AM. This will by far be the coldest night for many locations since March 7th when the temperature at Birmingham dropped to 23F. Be prepared to take any precautions needed for this very cold air. As we always say, remember the 4 Ps: People, Pets, Pipes, & Plants.
A phenomenal fall day again as plenty of sunshine, cool temps and overall no weather woes ongoing across the state, and temperatures have climbed into the 60s area wide. There are a few of those upper-level cirrus clouds working in from the west, but no rain associated with them, and we will be staying dry the rest of this weekend.
Two 1030mb high pressures are centered over the Ohio Valley and Arkansas, and these are firmly in control of the weather over Alabama. A nice fall air mass is in place meaning very few clouds, mild afternoons temperatures, and cold mornings. These highs will continue to slowly shift east the next several days and will be allowing a change in the weather for the new work week.
For tonight, another cold night is expected and frost will be threatening many spots. The NWS maintains frost and freeze alerts for portions of North-Central and East Alabama. Once again, most communities will see a low between 30 and 35 degrees early tomorrow, but colder pockets will visit the 20s.
For tomorrow, expect a near repeat of today. Most locations will have highs in the lower to mid-60s across Central Alabama and overall a terrific November day. No need for the rain gear, you just need the jackets to start the day and certainly have those sunglasses as ample sunshine will fill the Alabama sky.
It is a cloudy and wet day across Central Alabama this afternoon. The rain continues to fall, and there is a large mass of rain to our west that will be sliding east through the state this evening and into the overnight.
The is front continues to slowly sink south through the state and we are seeing over a thirty degree temperature range from the Tennessee Valley (in the 50s) to the Wire Grass ( in the 80s). For Central Alabama, temps are in the 50s and 60s and these will continue to slowly drop through the rest of today and tonight.
With the rain moving in from west, that means you will need to keep the rain gear close to hand today and unfortunately looks to continue for the BIG GAME down in T-Town. For the Alabama/LSU game tonight at Bryant-Denny Stadium with a 7:00 pm kickoff, there will rain as the game begins, but the hi-resolution models show the rain winding down during the game. Temperatures will fall from 60 degrees at kickoff into the 50s so besides the rain gear you will need wear something for colder conditions. We don’t expect any issues with lightning.
Auburn is in Aggieland to take on Texas A&M at 6:30 pm at College Station; there is just a small risk of a lingering shower during the first half; otherwise dry with temperatures falling into the 50s.
THE REST OF THE WEEKEND: As the front sinks through the state, it will be turning colder tonight with lows tomorrow morning dipping back to near 50. While we will see a few peeks at the sun on tomorrow, the temperature is not expected to rise much with highs struggling to get into the lower 60s.
The lull in the rain currently across the state is only temporary. As we look at the regional radar scan, there is a lot of rain to the west and unfortunately it is heading east. Through the afternoon, the rain will overspread the state and it looks to be a very wet day and evening across the state.
For the game in Tuscaloosa, the hi-resolution models continue to show rain for kick off at 7PM. As the game goes on, the rain is forecast to slowly decrease in intensity and still looks to be winding down by the end of the game. Along with the rain falling, the temps will continue to fall and it will be chilly and damp game with temperatures in the 50s.
Looking west to Texas, the Auburn/Texas A&M game is dealing with the rain as well. Rain is falling in College Station this afternoon, but there is a pretty decent chance the rain will be over by kickoff 6:30PM. It will be colder there as well, with temperatures falling through the 50s during the game.
Tonight, Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 AM local time. We will fall back to Standard Time, so make sure you set you clocks back before you go to bed tonight. This will make sure you get that extra hour of sleep that you are allotted tonight.
Returning to Standard Time means you will have more daylight in the morning and less daylight in the evening. Sunrise time tomorrow will be at 6:06 AM. Sunset will be where you really notice the difference tomorrow, as the sun will set a 4:55 PM. The days are going to continue to get shorter as far as the amount of daylight hours until we reach the Winter Solstice on Tuesday, December 22. We will remain on Standard Time until Sunday March 13, 2016.