Mild Thanksgiving Day; Rain Tonight/Tomorrow Morning

| November 24, 2022 @ 5:59 am

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Temperatures will rise into the 67-72 degree range across Alabama today with clouds increasing. Most communities will be dry during the day, but rain moves into the state tonight. The main window for rain will come from about 9:00 tonight through 12:00 noon tomorrow; amounts of around one inch are likely. Some thunder is possible, but no severe storms are expected.

Most places across Alabama will be dry tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night, although clouds will linger. The high tomorrow will be in the mid 60s.

THE WEEKEND: Saturday morning will be dry across the state… then we will introduce the chance of scattered showers Saturday afternoon, mainly over the western counties. It will be another mild day with a high close to 70 degrees, almost ten degrees above average for late November. Another round of rain is likely Saturday night into early Sunday as an upper low to the west lifts out.

SPC has introduced a low end, “marginal risk” of severe thunderstorms for the southwest corner of Alabama for Saturday night… a few storms there could produce strong gusty winds. There is also some conditional threat for a tornado or two as well, but for the rest of the state no severe storms are expected.

The Saturday night/early Sunday rain event should also bring around one inch of rain to the state. The sky becomes partly sunny Sunday afternoon as dry air returns; the high Sunday will be close to 70.

NEXT WEEK: Dry weather is the story Monday and Tuesday with highs in the upper 60s and low 70s. Then, a dynamic system will push rain and storms into the state Wednesday. Can’t rule out a few strong to severe storms with this, but it is too early to define the threat. Dry and cooler air arrives Thursday and Friday with highs in the 50s. See the daily Weather Briefing video for maps, graphics, and more details.

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFF GAMES: The weather will be dry for the high school football games across Alabama tomorrow night. The sky will be mostly cloudy with temperatures generally in the 50s.

IRON BOWL: It will be a mild day for the biggest football game of the year in Alabama Saturday (Auburn at Alabama; 2:30p CT kickoff)… we are now projecting low 70s at kickoff. A passing shower or two can’t be ruled out, but the widespread rain won’t arrive in Tuscaloosa until the. completion of the game. Chance of a shower Saturday afternoon is 30-35 percent. Temperatures fall into the mid 60s by the final whistle, and rain becomes widespread across West Alabama by 9:00 Saturday night.

We should note that Saturday morning will be dry for the tailgaters.

ON THIS DATE IN 2001: Three dozen tornadoes touched down in Alabama. The first major tornado of the day cut a 39 mile path from near Kennedy in Lamar County to just south of Carbon Hill in Walker County. Two people died in a mobile home near Kennedy. An F2 tornado cut a short path through the town of Haleyville in Winston County just before 11:30 a.m., injuring thirteen people.

Just northeast of Birmingham, an F2 tornado moved along I-59 near Argo as it cut a nearly 14 mile path into St. Clair County.

The strongest tornado of the day touched down about 1:19 p.m. CST southeast of Oneonta in Blount County. The tornado produced three distinct areas of F4 damage. The other two fatalities of the day occurred near Sand Rock in Cherokee County just after 3 p.m. as an F2 tornado cut an 8 mile path. Again, the fatalities were in a mobile home.

ON THIS DATE IN 2004: A total of 16 tornadoes touched down in Alabama, including one that touched down near the Talladega Superspeedway. It would go on to move through Bynum, where two mobile homes were heavily damaged by fallen trees, with one of those trees killing a 75-year-old woman.

BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.

We are on a holiday schedule, so just one Weather Briefing video today, but we will post fresh forecast notes here this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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