Big Weather Changes Ahead For Alabama

| October 11, 2019 @ 3:25 pm

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today**

COLD FRONT NEARING NORTHWEST ALABAMA: A strong cold front, which represents the leading edge of the coolest air so far this season, is near the northwest corner of Alabama this afternoon. A band of showers and thunderstorms will move into West Alabama over the next few hours ahead of the front. No severe storms are expected, and rain amounts overnight should be generally under 1/2 inch.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Much cooler air invades the northern half of Alabama tomorrow; temperatures won’t get past the mid 60s, and some places north and west of Birmingham could hold in the 50s much of the day. Clouds linger during the morning with just the risk of a few isolated showers… then the sky becomes partly sunny by afternoon.

Clouds increase again Sunday morning, and rain should become widespread across much of North and Central Alabama by Sunday afternoon as an “overrunning” pattern begins… moist air going up and over a stalled front over the southern part of the state. Rain will continue Sunday night. And, Sunday’s high will be in the low to mid 60s.

NEXT WEEK: The best chance of rain Monday shifts down into South Alabama, but rain will increase again statewide Tuesday and Tuesday night as the next wave approaches. Rain will end Wednesday morning, and for now the rest of the week looks cool and dry.

TROPICS: Subtropical Storm Melissa has formed in the Atlantic, off the east coast of the U.S. It will slowly move eastward in coming days.

RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: A few isolated showers are likely around the Superspeedway late tonight or early tomorrow… but the bulk of the day tomorrow will be dry with a high in the mid 60s. For Sunday, the sky will be mostly cloudy, unfortunately it looks like rain is likely by afternoon. Still a chance the rain holds off until after the big race, but just a chance. The high Sunday will stay in the 67-70 degree range. Monday looks rain-free for now.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games tonight, the sky will be mostly cloudy, and showers are possible, mainly over the western half of the state. Temperatures will be in the 70s at kickoff, falling into the upper 60s by the fourth quarter. Some 50s are possible over Northwest Alabama behind the cold front.

Alabama travels to College Station tomorrow to take on the Texas A&M Aggies (2:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be partly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 68 degrees.

UAB will also be in Texas tomorrow; 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 (although the game will be played in a dome). 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 1780: The Great Hurricane of 1780 made landfall on the island of Barbados on this day with estimated wind gusts of 200 mph. This hurricane went on to affect the islands of St. Vincent, where only 14 of 600 homes stood at Kings Town. St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, and Puerto Rico were all impacted by this hurricane. This storm is the deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record, with between 20,000 and 22,000 deaths.

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I enjoyed seeing the 3rd graders today at Bluff Park Elementary in Hoover, and the 6th graders at Brookwood Forest Elementary in Mountain Brook… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. Monday… enjoy the weekend!

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