James Spann: Alabama stays dry all week with cool days, chilly nights

James Spann forecasts a cool, quiet work week for Alabama from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

COLD START: Here are some temperatures just before sunrise across the great state of Alabama; some spots are below freezing.

  • Black Creek — 29
  • Cullman — 32
  • Gadsden — 32
  • Meridianville — 32
  • Fort Payne — 32
  • Hueytown — 32
  • Decatur — 32
  • Talladega — 33
  • Selma — 34
  • Good Hope — 34
  • Demopolis — 35
  • Alexander City — 35
  • Haleyville — 35
  • Northport — 36
  • Muscle Shoals — 37
  • Tuscaloosa — 37
  • Anniston — 37
  • Montgomery — 38
  • Birmingham Airport — 39
  • Evergreen — 46
  • Mobile — 48
  • Dothan — 49

Today will feature sunshine in full supply with a high in the low to mid 60s. The average high for Birmingham on Nov. 16 is 65. No change Tuesday — lots of sun with a high in the mid 60s. A new surge of cool, dry air arrives Tuesday night.

Many places will see a freeze early Wednesday; we project lows between 25 and 35 degrees. Wednesday will be sunny with a high between 57 and 62 degrees. Dry weather continues Thursday and Friday with highs in the 60s. The weather will be nice and quiet this week.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weather will be a bit warmer over the weekend, with highs in the low 70s. The sky will be mostly sunny Saturday and partly sunny Sunday.

THANKSGIVING WEEK: A cold front could bring a few showers to Alabama Monday; then dry weather is expected next Tuesday and Wednesday before another chance of showers Thanksgiving Day. Highs for the week will be mostly in the 60s.

HURRICANE IOTA: Iota is packing sustained winds of 145 mph and could be near Category 5 strength when it moves into Central America tonight. Extreme winds and a life-threatening storm surge are expected along portions of the coast of northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras, where a hurricane warning is in effect. Through Thursday, heavy rainfall from Iota will likely lead to life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding across portions of Central America. Flooding and mudslides in Honduras and Nicaragua could be exacerbated by Hurricane Eta’s recent effects there, resulting in significant to potentially catastrophic impacts.

The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

ON THIS DATE IN 1989: Snow squalls were moving through north Alabama the day following an F4 tornado that killed 21 people in Huntsville.

ON THIS DATE IN 2006: An early morning F3 tornado killed eight people, injured 20 others and left 100 people homeless in Riegelwood, North Carolina. This storm was the second-deadliest tornado in the state in the past 50 years.

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