Dry Weekend; Big Soaker Monday

| October 20, 2017 @ 3:16 pm

DRY THROUGH TOMORROW: High cirrus clouds are moving into Alabama this evening, but the low levels remain dry, and we expect no rain through tomorrow. Tonight won’t be as cool as recent nights; most communities will see a low in the mid 50s early tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon will be pleasantly warm with high close to 80 degrees with a partly sunny sky.

Then, on Sunday, we will have a mix of sun and clouds with only a small risk of an afternoon shower. Most of the rain with the approaching cold front will arrive after midnight Sunday night and into Monday. Sunday’s high will also be close to 80 degrees.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: A great night for high school games tonight; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 72 degrees at kickoff, into the low 60s by the final whistle.

Tomorrow, Alabama hosts the Tennessee Volunteers (2:30p CT kickoff) at Bryant-Denny Stadium… the game will be played under a partly to mostly sunny sky. About 81 degrees at kickoff; mid 70s by the fourth quarter as the sun begins to fade in the west.

Auburn travels to Fayetteville, Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks (6:30p CT kickoff)… while we can’t rule out a shower or storm during the game, confidence is growing that the main band of showers and storms won’t arrive there until after the game is over tomorrow night. And, we should mention that severe storms are possible in Fayetteville late Saturday night into the pre-dawn hours Sunday. Temperatures will fall from near 72 degrees at kickoff, into the 60s by the fourth quarter.

UAB will also be on the road; they take on the Charlotte 49ers tomorrow (5:30p CT kickoff)… expect a clear sky with temperatures falling from near 71 degrees at kickoff into the low 60s by the final whistle.

MONDAY SOAKER: Looks like a widespread, soaking rain event for Alabama Monday with amounts of around two inches likely. Thunderstorms are possible as well, but for now severe storms are not expected due to the lack of instability and relatively weak wind fields.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: Tuesday will be a breezy and cool day with gradual clearing; the high will be in the 60s. Then, the coolest air so far this season will arrive by Wednesday and Thursday with highs dropping into the 50s and lows in the 30s. Many places will have a chance of seeing the first frost of the season by Thursday morning. Growers beware… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Tropical storm formation is not expected across the Atlantic basin through next week.

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I had a great time today visiting with the third graders at Bluff Park Elementary in Hoover… 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 Monday morning; Brian Peters will have the video updates here tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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James Spann is one of the most recognized and trusted television meteorologists in the industry. He holds the AMS CCM designation and television seals from the AMS and NWA. He is a past winner of the Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year from both professional organizations.

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