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Unsettled Weather Ahead; Rain Arrives Tonight : The Alabama Weather Blog

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STILL DRY TODAY: Temperatures are mostly in the 25-35 degree range across Alabama early this morning; we are forecasting a high in the 60-65 degree range this afternoon for most communities. The day will be dry with a partly sunny sky, but clouds will increase late in the day. Rain will move into West Alabama in the 8-9 p.m. time frame, then spreading eastward through the night.

TOMORROW THROUGH SUNDAY: Showers and a few thunderstorms are likely statewide tomorrow morning, followed by what should be a decent break in the rain for many communities during the afternoon hours and tomorrow night. Still, a few scattered storms can’t be ruled out over the southern half of the state. Where storms do form they could be strong; SPC maintains a low end “marginal risk” (level 1/5) of severe thunderstorms for the southern 2/3 of Alabama.

Rain is likely across the entire state Saturday and Saturday night. A few thunderstorms could be involved, and there is “marginal risk” (level 1/5) for the southern counties.

The main threat from the heavier storms tomorrow and Saturday over South Alabama will come from gusty winds; the tornado threat is very low. We need to stress it won’t rain all day Saturday, but when the rain falls it could be heavy at times. The day will be mild with highs in the 67-74 degree range.

Rain will end across the state Sunday morning. This will be a beneficial rain event with 2-3″ likely over the southern half of Alabama… 1-2″ are forecast over the northern counties.

Clouds will linger Sunday afternoon with a high in the 60s.

NEXT WEEK: For now the week looks dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s and 60s, lows in the 30s and 40s. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school playoff games tomorrow night, the sky will be mostly cloudy with temperatures in the low to mid 60s. We should be in the middle of a break in the rain for most places, but a few scattered showers or storms can’t be ruled out, mainly over the southern half of Alabama.

For fans headed to the SEC Championship game in Atlanta Saturday (Alabama vs Georgia; 2:30p CT kickoff at Mercedes Benz Stadium), rain is likely with temperatures in the mid 60s during the afternoon hours. Thankfully the game will be played “indoors” under the roof.

ON THIS DATE IN 1925: A rare late November hurricane began to affect the west coast of Florida as it strengthened during the day. The storm made landfall very early on December 1st south of Tampa Bay, weakened to a tropical storm as it crossed central Florida, and exited around St. Augustine. The storm regained Hurricane strength of Jacksonville late on the 1st. Heavy rain continued over northeast Florida on the 2nd. Gale force winds were reported from the Keys to Jacksonville and over 50 people lost their lives, mostly on ships at sea. Damage along the coast south of Jacksonville was heavy and excessive rain and wind seriously damaged citrus and truck crops.

Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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James Spann

2023-11-30 11:33:28

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