James Spann predicts mild weather for Thanksgiving in Alabama from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Temperatures will rise in the 67 to 72 degree range across Alabama today as clouds increase. Most communities will be dry during the day, but rain is moving into the state this evening. The main window for rain will come from about 9 tonight until noon Friday; quantities of about 1 inch are likely. A few thunderstorms are possible, but no severe thunderstorms are expected.
Most places across Alabama will be dry Friday afternoon and night, although clouds will persist. The peak will be in the mid-60s.
THE WEEKEND: Saturday morning will be dry across the state; then we will introduce the possibility of scattered showers on Saturday afternoon, mainly over western counties. It will be another balmy day, with a high near 70 degrees, nearly 10 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.
The Storm Prediction Center introduced a low-end marginal risk of severe thunderstorms for the southwest corner of Alabama Saturday night. A few storms there could produce strong, gusty winds. There is also a conditional threat of a tornado or two, but for the rest of the state, no severe storms are expected.
The Saturday night/Sunday morning rain event is also expected to bring about 1 inch of rain to the state. The sky becomes partly sunny on Sunday afternoon with the return of dry air; the maximum will be close to 70.
NEXT WEEK: Dry weather is history Monday and Tuesday with highs in the upper 60s and low 70s. Then a dynamic system will push rain and thunderstorms into the state on Wednesday. We can’t rule out a few strong to severe storms with this, but it’s too early to define the threat. Dry and cooler air arrives Thursday and Friday, with highs in the 50s.
HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFF MATCHES: The weather will be dry for high school football games across Alabama Friday night. Most skies will be cloudy with temperatures generally in the 50s.
IRON BOWL: It’ll be a balmy day for Alabama’s biggest football game of the year on Saturday (Auburn at Alabama, 2:30 p.m. kickoff). We are now projecting low 70s at kickoff. A passing shower or two can’t be ruled out, but widespread rain won’t arrive in Tuscaloosa until after the game. The chance of showers Saturday afternoon is 30-35%. Temperatures drop to the mid-60s at the final whistle and rain becomes widespread in western Alabama by 9 a.m. Saturday night.
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 Haleyville in Winston County just before 11:30 a.m., injuring 13 people.
Just northeast of Birmingham, an F2 tornado moved along I-59 near Argo as it cut a nearly 14-mile path in St. Clair County.
The strongest tornado of the day touched down around 1:19 p.m. southeast of Oneonta in Blount County. The tornado produced three distinct areas of F4 damage. The other two deaths 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 deaths occurred in a mobile home.
ON THIS DATE IN 2004: Sixteen tornadoes touched down in Alabama, including one near the Talladega Superspeedway. It would continue through Bynum, where two mobile homes were badly damaged by fallen trees, with one tree killing a 75-year-old woman.
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