James Spann: Cold night ahead for Alabama; nothing but sun over the weekend

COLD NIGHT AHEAD: With a clear sky and diminishing wind, we project a low between 34 and 42 degrees for most communities early Saturday morning with a chance of scattered light frost. A frost advisory has been issued for the far northern part of the state.

The weekend will feature picture-perfect autumn weather with sunshine in full supply both days; the high will be near 70 Saturday, followed by mid 70s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: The highs will be at or just over 80 degrees most of the week; the weather will be dry Monday and Tuesday. A few isolated showers are possible Wednesday and Thursday, but showers are more likely Friday as a cold front approaches.

TROPICS: Shower activity associated with a broad non-tropical low-pressure system about 600 miles east-southeast of Bermuda is continuing to become better organized, and satellite wind data indicates that the circulation has become somewhat better defined. Additional development of this system is expected, and a subtropical or tropical depression could form during the next few days while the low meanders over the central Atlantic well southeast of Bermuda.

Also, a broad area of low pressure is expected to form early next week over the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Some gradual development of this system will be possible through the middle of next week while it moves slowly over the southwestern or western Caribbean Sea.

There are no systems threatening the Gulf of Mexico over the next five days.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Tonight will be cool and dry for high school football games across Alabama. The sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from the upper 50s at kickoff into the upper 40s by the final whistle.

Saturday, Auburn travels to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks in Columbia (11 a.m. CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny, with temperatures rising from 62 at kickoff into the mid 60s by the fourth quarter.

UAB will host Western Kentucky at Legion Field Saturday (12:30 p.m. kickoff). Look for sunshine in full supply, with temperatures rising from 66 at kickoff to near 70 by the final whistle.

Alabama hosts Georgia at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday (7 p.m. kickoff). The sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from near 65 at kickoff into the mid 50s by the end of the game.

ON THIS DATE IN 1944: The Cuba-Florida hurricane, also known as the Pinar del Rio Hurricane, struck western Cuba as a Category 4. This storm killed an estimated 300 people in Cuba and nine in Florida. This hurricane is the seventh costliest U.S. Atlantic hurricane, with an estimated $46.9 billion in damages.

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