Showers Tomorrow With Falling Temperatures

| November 17, 2021 @ 3:08 pm

MILD AFTERNOON: As expected, temperatures are mostly in the mid 70s across Alabama this afternoon with a good supply of sunshine. Clouds will slowly increase tonight ahead of an approaching cold front.

Tomorrow will be a day with a cloudy sky, scattered rain showers, and falling temperatures. Temperatures begin to fall over Northwest Alabama early in the day… the front should reach I-59 (Tuscaloosa/Birmingham/Gadsden) around noon, and Montgomery by 5:00 p.m. Once the front passes, temperatures will fall from the 60s into the 40s with a brisk north wind. The sky will clear tomorrow night.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Friday will be a sunny but cool day… after a low in the 32-35 degree range the high will be in the upper 50s. Saturday will be sunny with a high in the mid 60s, and the weather stays dry during the day Sunday with a high in the upper 60s. Clouds return Sunday night, and rain will likely push into the state after midnight ahead of the next cold front.

THANKSGIVING WEEK: Rain will end Monday morning, followed by a clearing sky. The day will be colder with some places across North Alabama holding in the 40s all day. By early Tuesday morning, most communities over the northern half of the state will drop into the 20s. Tuesday and Wednesday will be cool and dry with highs in the 50s.

The latest global model data set suggests most of Alabama will remain cool and dry Thanksgiving Day, followed by some chance of rain Thursday night and Friday. There are considerable differences Friday (the European model is very wet, while the American GFS is dry), so forecast confidence is not especially high. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games Friday night, the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 40s, possibly reaching the upper 30s by the final whistle.

For the college games Saturday…

HUNTINGDON AT BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN (12:00p CT kickoff at General Krulak Stadium): A sunny day for football with temperatures in the 60-65 degree range.

FURMAN AT SAMFORD (12:00p CT kickoff at Seibert Stadium): The sky will be sunny with temperatures in the low to mid 60s.

NORTH ALABAMA AT HAMPTON (12:00p CT kickoff at Hampton, VA): The sky will be sunny with temperatures in the 50-55 degree range during the game.

JACKSONVILLE STATE AT EASTERN KENTUCKY (1:00p CT kickoff in Richmond, KY): The sky will be partly sunny; kickoff temperature near 52 degrees, holding in the low to mid 50s during the game.

ARKANSAS AT ALABAMA (2:30p CT kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium): It will be a sunny afternoon with a kickoff temperature around 65 degrees… falling into the 50s by the fourth quarter.

UAB AT USTA (2:30p CT kickoff in San Antonio, TX): This game will be played inside the Alamodome. Outside, the sky will partly sunny with afternoon temperatures in the low to mid 70s.

APPALACHIAN STATE AT TROY (2:30p CT kickoff at Veterans Memorial Stadium): The sky will be sunny; about 68 degrees at kickoff, falling to near 60 by the final whistle.

AUBURN AT SOUTH CAROLINA (6:00p CT kickoff in Columbia, SC): The weather will be clear and cool; temperatures will fall from near 52 at kickoff, to near 45 by the final whistle.

SOUTH ALABAMA AT TENNESSEE (6:30p CT kickoff in Knoxville, TN): The sky becomes mostly cloudy with temperatures falling through the 40s. No risk of rain.

ON THIS DATE IN 1927: A tornado (at times to 260 yards wide) cut a seventeen-mile path through Alexandria, Virginia across the District of Columbia from the Navy yard to Benning Road and 19th St. NE and Northeast to East Riverdale, Maryland. This storm injured 31 people. The tornado struck the Naval Air Station where a wind gust of 93 mph was recorded.

ON THIS DATE IN 2013: An unusually powerful storm system spun up five dozen tornadoes from the Great Lakes to the Tennessee Valley. Two EF4 twisters struck Illinois, hitting the communities of Washington and New Minden.

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