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Another Hard Freeze Tonight

| 3:43 pm November 18, 2014

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ANOTHER COLD ONE: Temperatures are not out of the 30s across North Alabama this afternoon despite a sunny sky, and with a clear sky and light wind, another hard freeze is ahead tonight. This will be a “radiational cooling” type night, meaning there will be a big temperature spread tomorrow morning. Colder valleys will drop into the mid teens, the warmest ridge tops will be in the upper 20s. We figure the average low will be around 20 degrees. Birmingham’s record low for November 19 is 18 set in 1903… that one is probably safe, but it will be close.

WARMER DAYS: The rest of the week will be dry with a warming trend. Mostly sunny days, fair nights… we reach 50 degrees tomorrow, mid to upper 50s Thursday, and low 60s Friday. The average high for this time of the year in Birmingham is 64.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be dry and pleasant with a high in the mid to upper 60s, but clouds will begin to increase during the afternoon hours.

A vigorous storm system will bring rain and thunderstorms to Alabama later in the weekend; at this point it looks like the main window for this will come from midnight Saturday night through 12:00 noon Sunday. The 12Z GFS is advertising a 60-70 knot low level jet (around 5,000 feet), which is very favorable for severe storms, along with low level bulk shear values to 40 knots.

The main limiting factor is the lack of surface based instability, and for that reason it could be the highest threat of severe storms will come over the southern quarter of Alabama. We will keep an eye on model trends in coming days and make adjustments to the forecast as needed; see the Weather Xtreme video for all the maps, graphics, and more details.

THANKSGIVING WEEK: A cold front will pass through the state Monday with a chance of showers, the rest of the week looks dry, with cool days and chilly nights. By Wednesday and Thursday we expect a high around 50, with a low around 30 degrees. Below average, but not as cold as the air we are dealing with now. Keep in mind, however, this is out in “voodoo land” and this could change.

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FOOTBALL WEATHER: Very nice weather for the high school football games across North/Central Alabama Friday night; mostly clear with temperatures falling from 55 at kickoff, into the upper 40s by the final whistle.

Saturday is homecoming at the Capstone in Tuscaloosa, and for the football game (Alabama vs Weestern Carolina) that kicks off at 3:00 p.m.. the sky will become mostly cloudy during the game, but the weather should be dry. Expect a kickoff temperature near 67 degrees, falling to near 60 by the fourth quarter. Pretty comfortable, especially compared to last weekend.

Auburn will host the Samford Bulldogs Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6p CT kickoff)… mostly cloudy with 60 degrees at kickoff, and mid to upper 50s by the fourth quarter. No rain expected.

And, a big game for the UAB Blazers; they host Marshall at Legion Field (11:00a CT kickoff). Clouds will increase during the game, but no rain. Temperatures will rise from near 64 at kickoff, to near 67 by the fourth quarter.

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I enjoyed seeing the senior adults today at Parker Memorial Baptist Church in Anniston… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Rain Moving Out; Very Cold Air Moving In

| 6:37 am November 17, 2014

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SEVERE WEATHER TO THE SOUTH: Tornado warnings have been posted for parts of Southeast Alabama during the pre-dawn hours; scroll down to see all of them. As I write this, a tornado on radar near Hurtsboro in Russell County moving northeast. The severe weather threat will end over Southeast Alabama during the next hour or two as the storms move into South Georgia.

VERY BENEFICIAL RAIN: Up our way, we saw some tremendous rain totals during the past 24 hours; the rain generally came down slow and steady, and only minor flooding issues have been reported. Some totals…

Helena (Old Cahaba neighborhood) 6.74″
Hoover (near Spain Park HS) 5.98″
Coaling 5.70″
Bibbville 5.25″
Cottondale 5.21″
Bessemer 5.17″
Coldwater 4.92″
Moody 4.57″
Shelby County (between Alabaster and Columbiana) 4.03″
Weaver 3.91″
Concord 3.81″
Montevallo 3.75″
Coker 3.66″
Center Point 3.57″
Trussville 3.53″
Demopolis 3.44″
Muscadine 3.28″
Black Creek (near Gadsden) 3.19″
Gadsden 2.71″
Jemison 2.12″
Thorsby 1.96″

Lingering rain over East Alabama will end very soon…

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FRIGID AIR: Temperatures have fallen into the 30s over Northwest Alabama, and the cold air will flood the state this morning with a biting northwest wind. North of Birmingham, don’t expect to get out of the 30s today; temperatures will hover in the low 40s south of I-20. The sky will remain cloudy, and a few scattered snow flurries or patches of light sleet are possible in the cold air (but nothing really significant).

CHECKING THE RECORD BOOKS: We project a low between 18 and 22 degrees early tomorrow morning. The record low for November 18 (in Birmingham) is 20 degrees, set in 1959… so there is a good chance that one will fall (along with many others around the state and the nation). The wind will average 6-12 mph early tomorrow, and that could push the wind chill index down into the single digits in spots.

Tomorrow will be sunny, but very cold with a high only in the mid 30s; areas north of Birmingham could remain below freezing all day despite the sunshine.

Wednesday morning will be very cold with a clear sky and light wind; colder valleys and protected areas will visit the teens again, and more records are possible (Birmingham’s record low for November 19 is 18 set in 1903.

LATER THIS WEEK: A warming trend begins Wednesday afternoon; with a sunny sky we rise into the upper 40s. Then, 50s are likely Thursday afternoon with a partly sunny sky. We will mention the risk of a few showers Friday as a weak disturbance passes through; rain amounts should be on the light side.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: For now Saturday looks dry and mild; partly sunny with a high in the mid 60s. Then, a dynamic weather system arrives Sunday with rain and thunderstorms likely; the 00Z GFS shows a setup favorable for strong to severe thunderstorms for Alabama. We will watch model trends closely in coming days; this is the fall tornado season, so severe weather threats are not uncommon this time of the year. The high Sunday afternoon should be in the upper 60s, perhaps touching 70 degrees in a few places.

THANKSGIVING WEEK: Keep in mind we are getting out into the “land of voodoo”, but at this point the GFS shows rain lingering into Monday, then dry and pleasant weather Tuesday through Friday with highs generally in the 50s and lows in the 30s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have weather programs today at Erwin Intermediate School in Center Point, and Phillips Academy in Birmingham… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day…

More Cold Air Early Next Week

| 3:42 pm November 14, 2014

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COLD NOVEMBER DAY: Temperatures are struggling to reach the 40 degree mark across North/Central Alabama this afternoon despite a good supply of sunshine, and once the sun goes down around 4:45, you know temperatures will drop quickly. I think we are now looking at freezing temperatures for most of the high school football playoff games around our state tonight, and we project a low back in the low to mid 20s by daybreak tomorrow.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We project a high tomorrow afternoon not too far from 50 degrees with sunshine through scattered clouds. Then, the clouds thicken tomorrow night, and we will deal with rain before the weekend is over.

The rain should begin Sunday afternoon over North/Central Alabama, then becoming widespread Sunday night as a surface low passes through South Alabama. Looks like a good rain event, with totals in the 1/2 to 1 inch range for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden. Parts of South Alabama will see over one inch.

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MONDAY: Rain will end from west to east during the day, and the next shot of very cold air will begin to blow in here with temperatures falling into the 30s by mid to late afternoon. Can’t totally rule out a snow flake or two in the cold air, but it won’t be anything significant. If you are looking for a good snow cover, look north of I-40 in far North Tennessee and Kentucky.

FRIGID TUESDAY: We will drop to near 20 degrees early Tuesday morning, with potential for single digit wind chill values. A decent part of North Alabama will stay below freezing all day Tuesday despite the return of sunshine. Then, as the wind goes calm Tuesday night, that should set the stage for the coldest morning early Wednesday with upper teens very possible.

A slow warming trend then begins Wednesday afternoon that will last through the following weekend. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school playoff games tonight, we project a kickoff temperature around 34 degrees, then falling into the 20s during the games. Needless to say, you will need to bundle up. The sky will be clear.

The biggest college game in the country will be in tomorrow Saturday as Mississippi State comes to town to take on Alabama. If you are planning on being with the ESPN GameDay crew, early morning temperatures will be in the mid 20s around daybreak, rising through the 30s, and reaching the 40s by late morning. The kickoff temperature (2:30p CT) will be close to 51 degrees with a mostly sunny sky, but as the sun goes down temperatures will drop quickly into the 40s during the second half.

Auburn will be over in Athens, GA to take on the Georgia Bulldogs tomorrow evening (6:15p CT kickoff)… expect 46 degrees at kickoff, with temperatures dropping slowly through the 40s during the game. The sky should be mostly fair.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids at Southeastern Elementary School in Blount County… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. Monday… Brian Peters will have the video updates here tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

Brighter Today, But Still Cold

| 6:33 am November 14, 2014

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COLDEST SO FAR: Here are some temperatures across the great state of Alabama at daybreak…

Haleyville 20
Decatur 20
Valley Head 21
Cullman 21
Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 21
Birmingham 23 (wind chill index of 15)
Center Point 23
Montevallo 24
Bessemer 24
Huffman 25
Concord 25
Gardendale 25
Anniston 26
Sycamore 26
Tuscaloosa 27

The good news is that the sky will be mostly sunny today, but temperatures remain far below average; the GFS and the NAM are printing a high of only 41 degrees for Birmingham today.

Expect another very cold night tonight; most places will be in the mid 20s early tomorrow.

OUR WEEKEND: Tomorrow will be another cold, dry day with a partly to mostly sunny sky; the high will be at or just over 50 degrees, still about 15 degrees below average for mid-November. Clouds return Sunday, and rain should begin Sunday afternoon… that rain becomes widespread Sunday night thanks to a surface low that should move over far South Alabama. The southern half of the state can expect 1 to 2 inches of rain, and up our way, the north-central Alabama counties should see at last 1/2 to 1 inch. It will be our most signifiant rain since October 13, when Birmingham measured 1.91″.

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MONDAY/TUESDAY: The rain will end from west to east during the day Monday, and right after that we deal with another surge of very cold air. Not out of the question for a flake or two of snow to fall over North Alabama as it all ends and the colder air arrives, but for now there is no evidence that it will be anything signifiant. Temperatures should begin to fall Monday afternoon with a gusty north wind, and by Tuesday morning we will be close to 20 degrees, with a wind chill index down in the single digits.

It will be a struggle to get above freezing Tuesday despite the return of sunshine, and the wind chill index will remain below freezing most of the day with a north wind of 10-20 mph. Then, Tuesday night, the wind will die down, and with a clear sky we expect our coldest temperatures yet by early Wednesday morning. The GFS is printing a low of 17 degrees now for Birmingham at daybreak Wednesday.

LATER NEXT WEEK: The upper air pattern thankfully deamplifies, and we begin to warm up. Temperatures reach the 40s Wednesday afternoon, 50s Thursday, and we will be close to 60 Friday afternoon. Some hints we might have some rain late in the week, or the following weekend (November 22-23)… see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school playoff games tonight, we project a kickoff temperature around 38 degrees, then falling through the 30s during the games. Needless to say, you will need to bundle up. The sky will be clear.

The biggest college game in the country will be in tomorrow Saturday as Mississippi State comes to town to take on Alabama. If you are planning on being with the ESPN GameDay crew, early morning temperatures will be in the mid 20s around daybreak, rising through the 30s, and reaching the 40s by late morning. The kickoff temperature (2:30p CT) will be close to 51 degrees with a mostly sunny sky, but as the sun goes down temperatures will drop quickly into the 40s during the second half.

Auburn will be over in Athens, GA to take on the Georgia Bulldogs tomorrow evening (6:15p CT kickoff)… expect 46 degrees at kickoff, with temperatures dropping slowly through the 40s during the game. The sky should be mostly fair.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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I will be doing a weather program today at Southeastern Elementary School in Blount County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Coldest Night So Far This Season

| 3:14 pm November 13, 2014

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TOO COLD FOR NOVEMBER: A number of North Alabama communities have failed to reach 40 degrees this afternoon; temperatures there are about 30 degrees below average for the middle of November in Alabama (we should be in the mid 60s). Some rain has been falling over far South Alabama, and a few scattered pockets of sleet have have been reported over the northern counties, and the sky has been generally cloudy.

The sky will clear from the west tonight, and we are still projecting a low between 22 and 25 degrees early tomorrow morning across North/Central Alabama.

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TOMORROW/SATURDAY: The weather stays dry and cold. Expect a good supply of sunshine both days; the high tomorrow will be only in the mid 40s. Then, on Saturday, we begin the day down in the mid 20s again, but the high will be closer to 50 degrees by afternoon. Clouds begin to return late Saturday night.

RAIN RETURNS SUNDAY/MONDAY: Rain will begin at some point during the day Sunday; model consistency in the timing has not been very good; rain could begin during the morning Sunday over West Alabama, but the most widespread rain will come by mid to late afternoon into Sunday night. A surface low will form over South Alabama, and should bring rain totals of at least 1/2 to 1 inch for the north-central part of the state, with potential for over one inch of rain over the southern counties.

Sunday’s temperatures will depend on when the rain starts; if it begins early in the day, we won’t get out of the 40s. If the rain holds off until afternoon, we could creep up into the low to mid 50s.

MONDAY: The rain will end from west to east during the day Monday as another surge of colder air begins to arrive. The high resolution GFS model still hints at some chance of a few snow flakes over North Alabama as the system winds down…

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Even if this happens we don’t expect any significant impact, but of course we will keep a close eye on model trends over the next few days. Temperatures could very well fall into the 30s Monday afternoon after the rain moves out.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: Very cold air arrives Monday night, and we don’t expect to get out of the 30s Tuesday with an icy north breeze. The coldest morning should come early Wednesday, with average lows between 18 and 23 degrees. Then, a slow day to day warming trend begins Wednesday afternoon. And, we should mention that the GFS shows another rain event at the end of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school playoff games tomorrow night, we project a kickoff temperature around 38 degrees, then falling through the 30s during the games. Needless to say, you will need to bundle up. The sky will be clear.

The biggest college game in the country will be in Tuscaloosa Saturday as Mississippi State comes to town to take on Alabama. If you are planning on being with the ESPN GameDay crew, early morning temperatures will be in the mid 20s around daybreak, rising through the 30s, and reaching the 40s by late morning. The kickoff temperature (2:30p CT) will be close to 51 degrees with a mostly sunny sky, but as the sun goes down temperatures will drop quickly into the 40s during the second half.

Auburn will be over in Athens, GA to take on the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday evening (6:15p CT kickoff)… expect 46 degrees at kickoff, with temperatures dropping slowly through the 40s during the game. The sky should be mostly fair.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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Twenty Degrees Below Average

| 6:28 am November 13, 2014

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CLOUDS HANGING TOUGH: Like yesterday, I don’t expect that we will see much sunshine today across Alabama as cold air continues to move into the state. Temperatures are in the 30-35 degree range at daybreak, and we will struggle to reach the low to mid 40s this afternoon with an icy north breeze.

To the south, rain will fall over far South Alabama at times today, with the best chance south of U.S. 84. And, it is interesting to note that snow flakes have been falling early this morning around Memphis and Little Rock; the Memphis NWS office reports 0.1″ of snow there, the earliest measurable snow on record for them.

The wave producing the light snow over the Mid-South could bring a few sprinkles or flurries to far North Alabama this morning, but temperatures will be above freezing and it won’t be anything significant.

TONIGHT/TOMORROW: The sky becomes clear tonight, and this will allow temperatures will fall into the mid 20s by daybreak tomorrow. Last time we saw mid 20s was back on March 26, when Birmingham’s low was 25 degrees. The NWS offices in Birmingham and Mobile have issued freeze warnings for their county warning areas; freezing temperatures are likely down to the Gulf Coast. NWS Huntsville won’t be issuing any more freeze warnings since they have already had a significant freeze.

Tomorrow will be a brighter day with a good supply of sunshine, but the weather stays cold with a high only in the mid 40s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Expect another low down in the mid 20s early Saturday; the day will be mostly sunny with a high at or just over 50 degrees. Clouds thicken late Saturday night ahead of a wave that will bring rain to the state as the weekend wraps up.

Rain will move into North Alabama at some point Sunday afternoon, becoming widespread Sunday night. With a later start time of the rain, that means a good chance the high will be in the 50s Sunday afternoon (earlier we forecast temperatures in the 40s all day when it looked like the rain could start earlier in the day). This will be a good rain event, with amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch for North/Central Alabama. South Alabama could see over one inch in spots.

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MONDAY: The rain ends during the day Monday as a surface low moves away to the northeast. Some outside risk of a few snow flakes on the back side of the precipitation mass over far North Alabama, but model trends suggest this won’t amount to anything, and I have removed the mention from our formal forecast for now.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school playoff games tomorrow night, we project a kickoff temperature around 40 degrees, then falling through the 30s during the games. Needless to say, you will need to bundle up. The sky will be clear.

The biggest college game in the country will be in Tuscaloosa Saturday as Mississippi State comes to town to take on Alabama. If you are planning on being with the ESPN GameDay crew, early morning temperatures will be in the mid 20s around daybreak, rising through the 30s, and reaching the 40s by late morning. The kickoff temperature (2:30p CT) will be close to 51 degrees with a mostly sunny sky, but as the sun goes down temperatures will drop quickly into the 40s during the second half.

Auburn will be over in Athens, GA to take on the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday evening (6:15p CT kickoff)… expect 46 degrees at kickoff, with temperatures dropping slowly through the 40s during the game. The sky should be mostly fair.

MORE COLD AIR NEXT WEEK: The air coming in here Tuesday (November 18) looks very cold; new data hints that the far northern part of Alabama could stay below freezing all day; with a high only in the mid to upper 30s for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden…

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Coldest morning will come early Wednesday with low 20s likely, with teens for the colder places. Then, a slow warming trend begins Wednesday afternoon. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day…

Coldest Air So Far This Season

| 3:40 pm November 12, 2014

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CHILL IN THE AIR: The average high for Birmingham on November 12 is 66 degrees… today we have some North Alabama communities barely out of the 40s as cold Arctic air feeds into Alabama. The sky is generally cloudy, although there have been a few peeks of sunshine this afternoon.

Clouds will stick around tonight, we expect to be at or just over 30 degrees by daybreak tomorrow.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Cold weather is the story… tomorrow clouds will continue to cover the southern half of the state, and there might even be a little light rain over far South Alabama with a wave moving along the Gulf Coast. Over North Alabama, the sun could break through the clouds at times, but we won’t get past the mid 40s. Then, on Friday, expect sunshine in full supply. The low Friday morning will drop into the 22-26 degree range, and the high Friday afternoon will be only in the mid 40s again despite the sunny sky.

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THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday’s weather will be cold and dry, with a good supply of sunshine through scattered clouds and a high in the low 50s after starting the day down in the mid 20s. Clouds thicken Saturday night ahead of a storm system that will bring a cold rain to Alabama Sunday and Sunday night. The latest GFS run is a little slower, suggesting the most widespread rain will come from about 10:00 a.m. Sunday through 10:00 a.m. Monday, thanks to a surface low pressure center moving through South Alabama.

The southern half of the state should receive over one inch of rain with this feature; we now project 1/2 to 1 inch of rain for the north/central part of the state (places like Birmingham, Anniston, Gadsden, and Tuscaloosa). It will be our biggest rain event since October 13.

SNOW FLAKES MONDAY MORNING? As the surface low moves northeast, and another surge of colder air drops into the state, there remains the possibility of little snow over the northern third of the state (generally north of U.S. 278, or north of a line from Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden) Monday morning. But, the heavier snow totals should be well to the north, and for now the chance of really significant accumulation looks small.

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Of course, this is still five days away, and things could change. We will watch model trends closely.

More cold air moves into the state early next week with highs in the 40s, and lows well down in the 20s early Tuesday and Wednesday morning. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school playoff games Friday night, we project a kickoff temperature around 40 degrees, then falling through the 30s during the games. Needless to say, you will need to bundle up. The sky will be clear.

The biggest college game in the country will be in Tuscaloosa Saturday as Mississippi State comes to town to take on Alabama. If you are planning on being with the ESPN GameDay crew, early morning temperatures will be in the upper 20s, rising through the 30s, and reaching the 40s by late morning. The kickoff temperature (2:30p CT) will be close to 52 degrees with a partly sunny sky, but as the sun goes down temperatures will drop quickly into the 40s during the second half.

Auburn will be over in Athens, GA to take on the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday evening (6:15p CT kickoff)… expect 46 degrees at kickoff, with temperatures dropping slowly through the 40s during the game. The sky becomes mostly cloudy, but the weather will be dry.

LONG RANGE: The AO and the NAO go into positive territory later in the month, meaning the last week of the month should, generally speaking, feature warmer temperatures.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kindergarten students at Walnut Park Elementary in Gadsden… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Cold Air Beginning To Arrive In Alabama

| 6:25 am November 12, 2014

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SO LONG MILD WEATHER: The long advertised Arctic cold front moved through North Alabama last night, and temperatures today will be about 20 degrees colder than those of yesterday. Communities north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 40s, and for the I-20 corridor we project a high only in the low 50s. The sky will be generally cloudy with only a limited amount of sunshine.

The weather tomorrow and Friday will be even colder; highs drop into the 40s, and by early Friday morning we project temperatures in the mid 20s. The last time the high was under 50 degrees in Birmingham was back on March 6, when the high was 49. These two days will be dry; expect a mix of sun and clouds Thursday, and sunshine in full supply Friday.

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THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weather Saturday will be cold and dry… with a partly sunny sky we project a high in the low 50s after a frigid start with mid 20s around daybreak. Then, Sunday will be cold and wet with rain much of the day along with temperatures only in the 40s.

As the rain begins early Sunday morning, I would not be surprised to hear of some sleet reports over North Alabama… this happens when precipitation begins falling through drier layers of the atmosphere, and evaporative cooling takes place. That won’t create any problems if it happens… just plan on a cold, wet day Sunday. Rain amounts around 1/2 inch look likely, with potential for one inch over the southern half of the state as a surface low forms near Mobile Bay.

NORTH ALABAMA SNOW FLAKES MONDAY? As the surface low moves northeast, and colder air is pulled back into the state, there is a window with some potential for a brief changeover to light snow over parts of North Alabama Monday morning. The new high resolution GFS model (still in beta, running parallel to the current operational GFS) hints at this…

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But, the European model takes the surface low on a more northerly track and keeps the wintry precipitation over Tennessee. Needless to say, at this stage of the game, there is great uncertainty, but we will just throw out the idea for now and keep an eye on model trends in coming days. One way or another I would say it probably won’t be a high impact event. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school playoff games Friday night, we project a kickoff temperature around 40 degrees, then falling through the 30s during the games. Needless to say, you will need to bundle up. The sky will be clear.

The biggest college game in the country will be in Tuscaloosa Saturday as Mississippi State comes to town to take on Alabama. If you are planning on being with the ESPN GameDay crew, early morning temperatures will be in the upper 20s, rising through the 30s, and reaching the 40s by late morning. The kickoff temperature (2:30p CT) will be close to 52 degrees with a partly sunny sky, but as the sun goes down temperatures will drop quickly into the 40s during the second half.

Auburn will be over in Athens, GA to take on the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday evening (6:15p CT kickoff)… expect a party cloudy sky with a temperature near 46 degrees at kickoff, then dropping slowly through the 40s during the game.

LONG RANGE: The Arctic Oscillation (AO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) are trending toward positive territory late in the month, which would suggest a trend toward warmer temperatures as we approach Thanksgiving, not we don’t see anything to suggest any really mild weather for the next 15 days.

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I have a weather program today at Walnut Park Elementary School in Gadsden… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!