Coldest Air So Far This Season Arrives Next Week

| November 8, 2019 @ 3:20 pm

COOL NOVEMBER DAY: Temperatures are generally in the 45-52 degree range across Alabama this afternoon; the average high at Birmingham on November 8 is 68. A band of mid to high level clouds persist over the state; those should move out tonight.

A freeze warning is in effect for most of North and Central Alabama tonight; we project lows in the 28-32 degree range early tomorrow morning.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Tomorrow will be a sun filled day with a high around 60; then on Sunday we reach the mid 60s with a good supply of sunshine.

NEXT WEEK: Clouds will increase Monday ahead of a cold front, that marks the leading edge of the coldest air so far this season. Periods of rain are likely Monday night into Tuesday morning; rain amounts should be under 1/2 inch. The high Tuesday will most likely be reached between midnight and 3:00 a.m…. temperatures will drop into the 37-42 degree range during the morning, and stay there through the afternoon with a brisk north wind. It will be a very raw, cold day.

There is a chance we could see a snow flake or two, or maybe a few ice pellets, on the back edge of the precipitation shield Tuesday morning over the northern quarter of Alabama as cold air rushes into the state, but there will be no impact. The cold air is the big deal.

The sky will clear Tuesday night, and by daybreak Wednesday temperatures will drop into the 18-22 degree range over North Alabama, right at record levels. Birmingham’s record low for November 13 is 22 set way back in 1911, and that record is in danger. It rarely gets this cold before Thanksgiving in Alabama.

Both global models are now showing a wave of low pressure moving through the northern Gulf of Mexico Thursday; this will bring a cold rain into Alabama at some point toward the end of the week; still much uncertainty. If this were January or February, this would be a good setup for snow, but in mid-November it should be a cold rain. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cold for the high school games tonight with temperatures falling through the 40s.

Alabama hosts LSU tomorrow in Tuscaloosa at Bryant-Denny Stadium (2:30p CT kickoff); the weather could not be any better for the biggest college game of the year. A sunny sky, temperatures will fall from near 61 at kickoff, into the mid 50s by the final whistle. Sunset tomorrow in Tuscaloosa comes at 4:52p CT, so the fourth quarter will be played under the lights.

UAB will take on Southern Miss in Hattiesburg tomorrow (2:30p CT kickoff); clear weather for the game with temperatures falling from near 65 at kickoff, to near 60 by the fourth quarter.

Jacksonville State will take on Tennessee Tech tomorrow (1:30p CT kickoff) in Cookeville; the sky will be sunny with temperatures in the 55-60 degree range during the game.

ON THIS DATE IN 1913: The Great Lakes Storm of November 7-13, 1913 was a blizzard with hurricane-force winds that devastated the Great Lakes Region, sinking as many as 19 ships and stranded 19 others. This storm would be the deadliest and most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the Great Lakes.

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