Rain By Friday Night Into Saturday; Dry Sunday

| November 20, 2019 @ 3:18 pm

TONS O’ SUN: As expected, this has been another beautiful autumn day across Alabama with sunshine in full supply along with temperatures in the 65-70 degree range this afternoon. Tonight will be mostly fair with a low in the 40s, although colder spots will fall into the 30s again. The weather will stay dry tomorrow; the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with a high back in the 67-70 degree range. Clouds will increase tomorrow night.

RAIN RETURNS: Friday will be a cloudy day with a high in the 60s; rain will creep into the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama during the afternoon ahead of a slow moving cold front. Rain becomes widespread over the northern half of the state Friday night, and rain is likely statewide by Saturday morning. Then, the rain will end from northwest to southeast Saturday afternoon.

Rain amounts will be around one inch for much of the state, and while some thunder can’t be ruled out, we see no significant threat of severe thunderstorms. The sky will clear Saturday night, and Sunday will be cool and dry with sunshine returning along with a high around 60 degrees.

THANKSGIVING WEEK: Monday will be dry with a good supply of sunshine; the high will be in the mid 60s. The day Tuesday looks dry and pleasant, but clouds move in late in the day, and another storm system will bring rain to our state Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. For the moment, it looks like the main window for rain comes from midnight Tuesday night through noon Wednesday, but understand that can, and probably will change as we get closer to the event. There will be little surface based instability, and severe storms don’t look likely for now. At the moment the weather looks dry Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday with highs in the 60s… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Sebastien, in the Atlantic northeast of the Leeward Islands, continues to feature 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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