Sunny Today; Rain Returns Late Friday Into Saturday

| November 20, 2019 @ 5:43 am

AWESOME AUTUMN WEATHER: Today’s weather will be pretty much a copy of what we experienced yesterday. Sunshine in full supply; after a chilly start we expect a high in the mid 60s this afternoon. Tomorrow will be dry as well; the sky partly to mostly sunny with a high between 67 and 70 degrees.

RAIN RETURNS: Clouds will increase tomorrow night, and Friday will be a mostly cloudy and mild day with a high in the upper 60s. Rain will creep into the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama by afternoon, with rain becoming more widespread over the northern half of the state Friday night. Models are a bit slower with the progression of the cold front, and now hold rain in Alabama a decent part of the day Saturday.

The main window for rain across North/Central Alabama now comes from 6:00 p.m. Friday through 6:00 p.m. Saturday. Of course, it won’t rain for that entire 24 hour period, but there will be periods of rain, and possibly some thunder. No risk of severe weather with very little surface based instability. Rain amounts of 1 inch are likely for much of the state; some heavier totals are possible over the northern counties. Temperatures will hold in the 60s most of the day Saturday.

The sky will clear early Sunday, and the daytime hours Sunday will feature a partly sunny sky with a high in the low 60s.

THANKSGIVING WEEK: Monday will be a dry day with ample sunshine along with a high in the low 60s. Clouds increase Tuesday, and rain is likely Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. This system will deliver about one inch of rain to the state, and while thunder is possible, for now it looks like severe storms won’t be an issue. Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday look dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the low 60s. Too early for an Iron Bowl forecast; model consistency is not good at this point. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Sebastien, in the Atlantic northeast of the Leeward Islands, is packing sustained winds of 50 mph, and is moving northeast. It will stay far from land, and should become post-tropical by the weekend. The hurricane season ends November 30.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school playoff games Friday night, rain is likely for the games played over the northern third of the state (north of Birmingham)… temperatures will be in the 60s.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Western Carolina (11:00a CT kickoff) at Bryant-Denny Stadium; rain is possible during the beginning of the game, mainly during the first quarter. Temperatures will rise from near 65 at kickoff, into the upper 60s by the final whistle.

Auburn will host Samford Saturday morning at Jordan-Hare Stadium (11:00a CT kickoff)… rain is likely with temperatures in the mid 60s.

UAB hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday at Legion Field (2:30p CT kickoff)… rain will be ending about the time the game begins; the sky will be cloudy with a kickoff temperature near 67 degrees, falling back into the low 60s by the fourth quarter.

Jacksonville State will host Eastern Kentucky Saturday (1:00p CT kickoff); rain is possible if not likely, mainly during the first half. The sky will be cloudy with temperatures in the 60s.

ON THIS DATE IN 1985: Kate intensified to a major Category 3 Hurricane and as she moved west of Key West, Florida with top winds of 115 mph and a minimum central pressure of 954 millibars or 28.17 inches of mercury. The next day Kate made landfall between Panama City and Apalachicola. Tides ran 8 to 10 feet above normal. Many power poles and lines were downed. Several roads were washed out.

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