Next Cold Front Arrives Late Friday Night

| October 8, 2019 @ 5:58 am

ONLY ISOLATED SHOWERS: Alabama’s weather will be fairly quiet through mid-week; we expect only a few isolated showers over the eastern half of the state today (we have a few on radar early this morning)… the high this afternoon will be in the 79-82 degree range. Not much change tomorrow and Thursday; most places will be dry with a partly sunny sky along with warm afternoons and pleasant nights.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Clouds should increase Friday afternoon ahead of the next cold front, and we will mention a chance of showers Friday night into Saturday morning. Timing remains in question due to fairly signifiant differences in the global models (GFS faster, ECMWF slower). For now we expect the main window for rain to come from about 9:00 p.m. Friday through 9:00 a.m. Saturday, but understand this could change we we get closer to the weekend. Rain amounts should be generally on the light side, under 1/2″ for most places.

Some clearing is possible Saturday afternoon, and a new surge of cooler air arrives with a high between 65 and 70 degrees. Sunday will be dry with a sunny sky; we start the day down in the upper 40s, followed by a high in the low to mid 70s. It will be a picture perfect autumn day.

NEXT WEEK: Global models now show an increase in moisture Tuesday along with a chance of showers… otherwise the week looks dry with seasonal temperatures. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A hybrid storm system is expected to form off the east coast of the U.S. later this week; it will move northeast and stay generally offshore. Another system in the Atlantic has a medium chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm, but it will most likely remain far from land. The Gulf of Mexico is quiet.

RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: A few showers are possible around the Superspeedway late Friday night or Saturday morning; Sunday looks picture perfect for the 500 with sunshine in full supply. The high Saturday will be in the upper 60s, followed by low 70s Sunday.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games Friday night, the sky will be mostly cloudy, and scattered showers are possible. Temperatures will be in the 70s at kickoff, falling into the 60s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama travels to College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies (2:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be sunny with a kickoff temperature near 71 degrees.

UAB will also be in Texas Saturday; they play at UTSA (5:00p CT kickoff). Temperatures will fall from near 70 at kickoff, through the 60s during the game with a brisk northwest breeze. Mostly fair; no risk of rain.

Jacksonville State will take on Eastern Illinois Saturday (12:00 noon CT kickoff) in Charleston, IL… the day will be cool and dry with mid 50s at kickoff; sunshine will be in full supply during the game.

ON THIS DATE IN 1871: The Great Chicago Fire burns much of the city to the ground, fanned by strong southwest winds. An estimated 250 were killed. On the same night, forest fires swept through Peshtigo, Wisconsin. An estimated 1,500 to possibly as many as 2,500 dies as gale-force winds push flames across town. Severe drought blamed for tinder-dry conditions. An additional 200 die in Michigan fires.

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I will be speaking to the senior adults this morning at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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