James Spann: Alabama stays dry through Saturday; showers return next week

James Spann has the midweek forecast for Alabama from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

ANOTHER COLD MORNING: Some communities across north Alabama have dropped below freezing early this morning. These are temperatures just before sunrise:

  • Black Creek — 28
  • Gadsden — 29
  • Cullman — 30
  • Meridianville — 30
  • Decatur — 30
  • Huntsville — 32
  • Haleyville — 32
  • Talladega — 33
  • Fort Payne — 33
  • Good Hope — 33
  • Heflin — 33
  • Muscle Shoals — 35
  • Anniston — 36
  • Bessemer — 36
  • Demopolis — 37
  • Tuscaloosa — 38
  • Birmingham — 38
  • Montgomery — 42
  • Mobile — 43

Our weather remains dry with sunny days through Friday. The highs will be between 63 and 66 degrees today and Thursday, then close to 70 Friday afternoon.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be a very nice day as the weekend begins with ample sunshine and a high in the low to mid 70s. Moisture levels will rise Sunday, but for now we will mention only isolated showers during the day. Otherwise Sunday will be partly sunny with a high between 71 and 74 degrees.

THANKSGIVING WEEK: There is considerable model uncertainty, making for a low-confidence forecast. A cold front will push into north Alabama late Sunday night and Monday morning with a chance of showers, but rain amounts should be light. Whether the front hangs up and stalls over Alabama or pushes through the state remains to be seen; newer runs put cool, dry air into the state Monday afternoon through Tuesday, followed by a chance of showers Wednesday as an upper wave approaches. The bottom line is that we will probably see a couple of days next week with a risk of showers, but it is too early to define the timing and just how much rain we see.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school playoff games Friday night, the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 50s.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Kentucky (3 p.m. kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium). The sky will be sunny with temperatures in the mid 70s at kickoff, falling back into the 60s during the second half.

Auburn hosts Tennessee Saturday (6 p.m. kickoff at Jordan-Hare Stadium). It will be a great night for football with a clear sky. Temperatures will fall from the mid 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the final whistle.

TROPICS: Iota is dissipating this morning over Central America. Otherwise, the National Hurricane Center is watching two areas for potential development over the next five days. One is over the southwest Caribbean, one northeast of the Bahamas. For now the chance of development is low (30%), and if anything does form in those spots the U.S. won’t be affected. The Gulf of Mexico will remain quiet for the next seven days (and hopefully until the 2021 hurricane season).

ON THIS DATE IN 1957: Alabama was bracing for another round of severe weather in the wake of tornadoes the day before that killed three in Walker County. The first signs of trouble in Alabama came around 2:30 p.m. as what was likely an F2 tornado skipped along a 28-mile path from Forkland to near Sawyerville and Havana Junction in Greene and Hale counties.

A few minutes later, farther north, a tornado traveled along Highway 69 for some three miles north of Tuscaloosa. This same storm may have been the one that produced a tornado in the Birmingham area less than an hour later. The tornado first touched down at 3:30 p.m. in Ensley and moved northeast, affecting north Birmingham around ACIPCO, Tarrant City and Huffman. Pratt City, Dolomite and Pleasant Grove also reported damage. One person was killed in Ensley.

The deadliest tornado on that November Monday afternoon was one that touched down in Blount County east of Cleveland, passed east of Snead and ended in Marshall County northwest of Albertville after a 27-mile rampage. The four deaths from this tornado occurred in Blount County, where 40 homes were destroyed.

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