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Frosty Start on a Cold Morning

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 07:43

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Widespread frost was occurring across Central Alabama this morning as we experience the coldest morning so far for the Fall season. In fact, the coldest morning since March 26th. Skywatcher at Black Creek reported a low of 22 while my station in Helena saw a low of 28 at this writing. Also, don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour since we ended Daylight Savings Time at 2:00 am. The surface high will move east of Alabama today ushering in a gradual warmup with highs today mainly in the upper 50s. This is still fairly chilly since our typical highs should be around 71.

As the upper ridge slides over us on Monday and Tuesday, we should warm up into the lower 70s by Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday will see another strong trough dig into the Central Plains states pushing a cold front into the Southeast US. Still some minor timing differences in the models, but it looks like our best shot for showers should come from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning. Instability appears to be limited, so I don’t expect to see any strong thunderstorms, just showers.

The upper trough digs in and scoots by us on Thursday, bringing another relatively cold shot of air into the area, but not as cold as the current system. Thursday might end up being one of those days where temperatures remain steady or fall during the day as colder air advects into the area. Some wrap around moisture will keep the sky cloudy to start Friday but we should see clearing during the day. The weekend looks dry with lows in the upper 30s and highs in the lower 60s.

The Atlantic Basin is quiet, but we are watching Vance in the Eastern Pacific. Vance is forecast to become a hurricane today, remain a hurricane for a couple of days, and then begin degrading into a depression along the west coast of Mexico at mid-week.

Looking out into voodoo country, or Week 2, the GFS maintains a cold look to the pattern with another fairly deep trough moving through the Mississippi River Valley on the 14th. By the 17th there is troughiness over the eastern US which should keep the eastern US at and below seasonal values.

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James Spann will be up Monday morning with the next edition of the Weather Xtreme Video. Be sure to check back for additional notes on our weather. Have a great day and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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November 2, 2014, Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 07:42
November 2, 2014, Weather Xtreme Video
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Time Changes Tonight

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 19:00

A friendly reminder that Daylight Saving Time ends tonight. We fall back on Standard Time at 2AM in the morning. Don’t forget to set your clocks back before heading to bed, and gain that extra hour of sleep tonight.

With the time changing, that means more sun in the mornings, while evenings will be dark. It will be getting dark closer to 5PM as the amount of daylight hours continues to get shorter until we reach the Winter Solstice just before Christmas.

We will stay on Standard Time until March 8th, 2015.

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Cahaba River On A Beautiful Fall Day

Weather Xtreme Video - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 17:30
Cahaba River On A Beautiful Fall Day
Taken near West Blocton November 1, 2014 with an iPhone 6 Plus. From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 277 7 ratings Time: 00:52 More in Travel & Events
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Chilly Saturday, Freezing Temps Tonight

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 15:26

What a difference a day and a front makes. It is feeling more like early winter compared to mid-fall across the state today. All locations across the state were in the 30s this morning and this afternoon, it remains breezy with temps in the 40s and low 50s.  There are some clouds through the state, mainly east of Interstate 65. By this evening, the winds will go calm, and the sky will clear, get ready for a frigid night with lows below freezing.

Nearly the entire state of Alabama is under a freeze warning tonight. This warning extends all the way down to northern Mobile and Baldwin counties. The only part of the state not under the warning is the extreme southeastern counties which are actually covered by the NWS in Tallahassee. Look for temps to range between 27-32 degrees in the morning. This weekend should mark the end of the growing season across much of the state.

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November Almanac

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 09:00


Photograph by Kathy Bell, owner of kbella photography.

“November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year.” Louisa May Alcott

November is the transition month to winter across much of the country, and Alabama is no exception. The days are approaching their shortest of the year, and the heat budget is becoming increasingly negative, so average temperatures are dropping.

The storm track is becoming more active and precipitation totals are increasing. There is a secondary severe weather season in November in Alabama that in some recent years has been busier than the spring primary season. In 2002, an unusually strong outbreak on November 10th produced a series of ten tornadoes across North Alabama that killed 12. Two of the tornadoes were rated F3.

According to the long term averages from 1981-2010, 4.85 inches of rain falls in the month. The most ever observed is 15.25 inches in 1948. It generally rains on 9.1 days. Thunderstorms are observed on average on 1.9 November days. On average, there is no snow. The most snow ever observed in November was 1.4 inches in 1950.

At the start of the month, the average high is 69 degrees. It will fall to 60 degrees by month’s end. The normal monthly high is 64.0F. In November 1931, the normal high was 72.4F, the warmest November on record. It has been as warm as 85F, in 1998, 2000 and 2003.

Average lows start off at 46 degrees, and fall to 38 by month’s end. The average low is 41.8F. The coldest average low was in the cold winter of 1976-77, when the November average low was 33.8F. In the eleventh month, it has been as cold as 5F, back on November 25, 1950. The next coldest reading was 8 degrees higher…on November 24, 1970.

The sky is cloudy 33 percent of the time. The sky is clear 31 percent of the time. Only October averages more clear sky time in the Magic City. Dense fog is observed on one day in the month on average.

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November 1, 2014, Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 07:28
November 1, 2014, Weather Xtreme Video
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Windy, Cold, Freeze Sunday AM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 07:23

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Welcome to a chilly November! It is going to really feel like winter today with a stiff north wind. In spite of the sunshine, temperatures are not expected to get much above 50 degrees across the area. This is about 20 degrees colder than the typical November 1st high temperatures which average 71 degrees. And tonight just about all of Central Alabama will fall below freezing with many places dipping into the 20s. The record low for Birmingham for Sunday morning is 24 degrees, so I do not expect us to set a new record, but with a low of 29 it is going to feel quite cold.

For those heading out to football games today, Auburn will be on the road as they play at Ole Miss in Oxford this evening with kickoff at 6:00 pm. The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 48 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. A chilly, crisp evening for football. UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL, this evening. Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 75 at kickoff to the lower 60s by the fourth quarter.

We should see a fairly quick moderation in temperatures as the upper trough moves off the Northeast Coast of the US and we come under a substantial ridge. The strong trough will be responsible for a significant nor’easter storm for New England Sunday and Monday.

With the upper ridge in place for Monday and Tuesday, we should see our highs climb back to near 70 degrees. Yet another strong trough will push a cold front into the Southeast US on Wednesday bringing us our next chance for rain. This front will bring another shot of colder air into the region, however, this one does not appear to be nearly as cold as the current system with highs dipping back into the 60s with lows mainly in the 40s. We should be dry for next weekend.

The tropical Atlantic remains quiet but we do have Tropical Storm Vance in the eastern Pacific. Vance is forecast to strengthen to a hurricane late Sunday but weaken as it recurves into Mexico by Wednesday.

Looking out into voodoo country, the pattern remains very active with a parade of troughs coming through the fast moving flow. The GFS maintains a general troughiness over the eastern half of the country, so I expect our weather to remain on the cool side but nothing seems to be as chilly as the current system.

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I expect to have the next Weather Xtreme Video posted by 8 or so on Sunday morning. Wrap up if you have activities outdoors today. Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Windy And Cold Night Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 15:22

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RADAR CHECK: A few showers are over North Alabama, and north winds are beginning to increase as the coldest air so far this season moves into our state.

Showers will end early tonight; expect windy and cold weather for the trick or treaters with temperatures falling quickly into the 40s this evening with north winds averaging 10-20 mph, making it feel colder.

FREEZING TEMPERATURES: We project our first freeze since April 16 early tomorrow, with a low very close to 32 degrees in most places. The winds will keep up through the night, and wind chill index values will drop into the 20s toward daybreak.

The day tomorrow will be sunny, but windy and cold with a high close to 50 degrees; areas north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 40s. A north wind of 15-25 mph will make it feel colder.

Expect another freeze early Sunday, with a range of 28 to 34 degrees for most communities. The wind will be near calm, so widespread frost is likely as well. Then, a warming trend begins Sunday afternoon with a sunny sky and a high between 57 and 60 degrees.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For tonight’s high school games, it will be windy and sharply colder with temperatures falling through the 40s. North winds will gust to 25 mph at times, making it feel colder. A few sprinkles are possible during the first half of the games.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford tomorrow evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 48 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. A chilly, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL tomorrow evening (6p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues over the first half of the week with a slow warming trend. The 12Z GFS hints the next chance of rain will come late Wednesday night and Thursday… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here Monday morning by 7:00 a.m… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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October 31, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 15:20
October 31, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
The ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is a detailed weather discussion for Alabama and the Southeast U.S. which goes beyond the normal stuff you see on TV! From... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 372 2 ratings Time: 04:10 More in News & Politics
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October 31, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:25
October 31, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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A Few Showers; Then Much Colder

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:24

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RADAR CHECK: A little light rain is moving through North Alabama just before daybreak…

Otherwise, it is a quiet and cool morning with temperatures in the 40s. The sky will be occasionally cloudy today, and we should reach the mid 60s before the coldest air so far this season begins to arrive late this afternoon. Strong north winds will develop late in the day, and temperatures will fall quickly tonight. It will be pretty chilly and blustery for the trick or treaters this evening with a north wind of 12-22 mph.

We will maintain the chance of a little light rain in scattered spots today and early tonight, but all of that should be over by 10:00 p.m.

FREEZING TEMPS: We are projecting early morning temperatures around 30 degrees tomorrow; for Birmingham it will be our first freeze since April 16. The wind chill index will be in the 20s as the north wind continues. Tomorrow will feature a cloudless sky, but the weather stays windy and cold with a high only around 50 degrees; communities north of Birmingham won’t make it out of the 40s.

Another freeze is likely early Sunday, with lows between 28 and 34 for most places, and as the wind goes calm widespread frost is likely. Then, we rise into the 57-60 degree range Sunday afternoon as a warming trend begins.

FYI… the average date of the first freeze in Birmingham is November 9, so we are getting it this year about a week early.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For tonight’s high school games, it will be windy and sharply colder with temperatures falling through the 40s. North winds will gust to 25 mph at times, making it feel colder. A few sprinkles are possible during the first half of the games.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford tomorrow evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 48 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. A chilly, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL tomorrow evening (6p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: We stay dry Monday and Tuesday with a gradual warming trend… a few showers are possible at mid-week Wednesday night, but for now it looks like rain will be very light and spotty. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

We should note Birmingham has received only 0.36″ of rain over the past 15 days.

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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First Freeze Of The Season Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:00

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today… I am live from “Boo at the Zoo” at the Birmingham Zoo on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00**

FINE FALL DAY: What a delightful day across Alabama; ample sunshine and temperatures mostly in the 60s this afternoon. The average high for Birmingham on October 30 is 70.

HERE COMES THE COLD AIR: Look for increasing north winds across North Alabama tomorrow afternoon, and clouds will increase over the northern third of the state. Tomorrow night will be windy and sharply colder, setting up a blustery and chilly Halloween evening.

We will be right at the freezing mark by daybreak Saturday, and the north wind will push wind chill index values down in the 20s. During the day Saturday, the sky will be sunny, but conditions will remain windy and cold with a high only around 50 degrees; many communities north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 40s.

Sunday morning should feature widespread frost as the wind goes calm; lows early Sunday will range from 28 to 34 degrees for most places. The sky will stay sunny Sunday with a high not too far from 60 degrees as a warming trend gets underway.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For tomorrow night’s high school games, it will be windy and sharply colder with temperatures falling through the 40s. North winds will gust to 25 mph at times, making it feel colder. A few sprinkles are possible over Northeast Alabama.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 48 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. A perfect chilly, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL Saturday evening (5p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: Looks like our next chance of rain comes late Wednesday and Wednesday night; for now it doesn’t look to be a major rain event with amounts generally under 1/2 inch.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, clear nights through early next week, but the weekend will be chilly from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. Highs this weekend will be near 60, with lows potentially reaching the upper 40s.

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I had a great time today visiting with the 4th graders at Vernon Intermediate School in Lamar County; be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Long Winter Ahead?

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:30

No, I am not talking about a “long winter” due to excessive cold/snow/ice, etc… but due to the extra work that will be required of us putting down bad information that is spread around on social media. It has already started, and it isn’t even November.

PARTIALLY OUR FAULT: Let me say up front that the problem is partially ours. The weather community, as you well know, missed the forecast on January 28, when a “dusting” turned into two inches, and “no major travel issues” turned into a traffic nightmare.

I don’t blame people for not trusting winter forecasts for a while; it will take time to earn that trust. Who cares what James Spann or the National Weather Service says? They were wrong last year, so rogue posts on Facebook are in fair play. I understand the temptation to share wild “worst case” winter forecasts. But, the point of this post is asking you NOT to do that for reasons I will explain.

YESTERDAY: I was about to leave for live weather on ABC 33/40 from Disney on Ice at the BJCC yesterday afternoon, when social media was lightning up about “James Spann forecasting a big snow for Alabama”. After some quick investigation, turns out this was floating around Facebook, and spreading like wildfire…

This, of course, was a forecast from a snow event we had back in February, and has absolutely nothing to do with current weather.

I honestly don’t know who started it; one person reported Facebook was pushing it into people’s newsfeed as a “related story” after a current post from me. Seems like folks just couldn’t resist the share button, and I spent considerable time setting the record straight.

AND… to make matters worse, another blog posted some rogue computer model run yesterday morning that suggested snow could fall over parts of Northeast Alabama as the weekend begins. This somehow came back later in the day to me as “James Spann is forecasting a snow storm this weekend in Alabama”.

Here is a piece from the Washington Post on this problem from 2013…

This is another topic for another day, to be discussed within the weather enterprise, but after the January 28 snow “bust”, you won’t see any outliers like that posted from me on social media. Generally speaking, when I show model data that seems like it won’t verify, it is on my daily Weather Xtreme video, which has been produced for over 10 years twice daily, and long time viewers understand that product goes deep into the weather forecast explanation and how to use the products I show. You can watch it anytime here, and it doesn’t take very long.

MY PLEA: Simply think before sharing extreme weather forecasts you see on social media. Many “click bait” forecasts are produced by people that have no weather training, and honestly could care less what happens. They just want the clicks, which they turn into revenue. Our team spends long, hard hours producing content for this blog; you can basically see our heart and soul here with the discussions and video products. If you see some extreme snow/ice forecast, I just ask you check the blog before sending it on to your friends.

Yep, we have been wrong before, and we will be wrong again. Our skill in handling winter weather events is not as high as severe weather forecasting, but you might be surprised at the winter weather accuracy. People will always remember the bad ones, however, which is just human nature.

Let’s all take a deep breath and get through the winter weather season with good, solid information. Think before you hit that “share button”…

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Freezing Temps Possible By Daybreak Saturday

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:06

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CHILLY MORNING: Phase one of the cool down is here; these are temperatures across Alabama at daybreak:

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 34
Fort Payne 34
Valley Head 36
Haleyville 37
Cullman 37
Gadsden (Noccalula Falls) 37
Concord 38
Coker 40
Anniston 42
Tuscaloosa 43
Birmingham 43

The day ahead will be sunny with a high in the mid to upper 60s.

EVEN COLDER AIR: Our weather will stay dry tomorrow with a high in the mid 60s, but look for a big increase in north winds during the afternoon into tomorrow night; that wind will usher in the coldest air so far this season.

It will be blustery and cold for the trick or treaters tomorrow night; temperatures will fall quickly into the 40s during the evening hours, with a north wind of 12-22 mph making it feel colder.

FREEZE POTENTIAL: We are still projecting lows between 30 and 35 degrees by daybreak Saturday, but the coldest morning for most should come early Sunday when the wind becomes calm. Widespread frost is likely Sunday morning, and colder valleys and protected areas will reach the 20s.

The weekend will be dry with a sunny sky both days; the high Saturday will be only in the low to mid 50s, then closer to 60 Sunday.

TO THE NORTHEAST: Winter storm watches are up for the mountains of East Tennessee and western North Carolina, where almost a foot of snow is possible for the higher elevations.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For tomorrow night’s high school games, it will be windy and sharply colder with temperatures falling through the 40s. North winds will gust to 25 mph at times, making it feel colder. A few sprinkles are possible over Northeast Alabama.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 48 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. A perfect chilly, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL Saturday evening (5p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: We will be dry Monday and Tuesday, but showers are possible Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. For now it doesn’t look like a major rain event, and no severe weather is expected. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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I will be going a weather program this morning at Vernon Intermediate School, and then this evening I will be live from the Birmingham Zoo on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00 for “Boo at the Zoo”… look for updated forecast notes here by 4:00 p.m. Enjoy the day!

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October 30, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:58
October 30, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
The ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is a detailed weather discussion for Alabama and the Southeast U.S. which goes beyond the normal stuff you see on TV! From... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 922 7 ratings Time: 05:50 More in News & Politics
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Freezing Temps Possible By The Weekend

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:09

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am live at the opening night of “Disney on Ice” at the BJCC; part of tonight’s proceeds will go to our annual Toys for Tots campaign**

CLEARING: The clearing process is proceeding on schedule; much of North Alabama is enjoying blue sky and sunshine, and the clouds to the south will be gone soon.

Temperatures, as expected, are cooler with readings mostly in the 60s.

Tomorrow will be a sunny day with high in the upper 60s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: The coldest air so far this season will drop into the Deep South. North winds will pick up late Friday afternoon and Friday night, gusting to 25 mph at times. Temperatures will plunge quickly Friday night, and we project a low between 30 and 35 degrees at daybreak Saturday.

Clouds will invade the northeast part of Alabama Friday night, and a sprinkle or two is not out of the question as the cold air rushes into the state.

Saturday and Sunday will be cool, but dry with a mostly sunny sky both days. The high Saturday will be only in the low 50s, and some communities north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 40s with a cool north wind of 10-20 mph.

Sunday morning will feature another freeze in many places, with a low between 28 and 34. Widespread frost is likely early Sunday with a clear sky and light wind. The high Sunday will be in the upper 50s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For Friday night’s high school games, it will be windy and sharply colder with temperatures falling through the 40s. North winds will gust to 25 mph at times, making it feel colder. A few sprinkles are possible over Northeast Alabama.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 48 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. A perfect cool, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL Saturday evening (5p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: Expect a slow warming trend, and some rain is possible by mid-week, but model guidance is keeping the heavier and most widespread rain west of Alabama.

TROPICS: A disturbance just northeast of the Leeward Islands could develop slowly in coming days, but it is moving north, and will not impact the U.S.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A few showers are likely on the coast this afternoon from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, but expect sunny days and clear nights tomorrow through the weekend. It will be sharply colder on the coast Saturday and Sunday with highs around 60, and lows in the upper 40s.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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I enjoyed seeing the senior adults today at Southside… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Rain Ends Later This Morning; Cold Weekend Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 06:15

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RADAR CHECK: Rain, with embedded thunderstorms, is moving through North/Central Alabama at daybreak.

Nothing severe, and rain amounts should be generally under 1/2 inch. The rain will end from northwest to southeast during the late morning hours.

Expect a clearing sky this afternoon, and the weather turns cooler as most communities will hold in the 60s today.

Tomorrow will be a bright, sunny, pleasant fall day with a high in the upper 60s.

COLD AIR ARRIVES THIS WEEKEND: North winds will really pick up across Alabama late Friday and Friday night as the coldest air so far this season blows into the state. It will be blustery for the trick or treaters Friday evening with falling temperatures, and a north wind of 12-22 mph.

Temperatures will drop to near the freezing mark by daybreak Saturday, easily the coldest morning so far this season.

We project a high Saturday only in the 50-55 degree range, with a gusty north wind making it feel colder. But, the air will be dry and the sky will be sunny.

Sunday morning’s lows will range from 28 to 34 degrees with widespread frost likely as the wind goes calm. Then, Sunday will be sunny with a high in the mid to upper 50s. At least the wind will be relatively light, unlike Saturday.

NORTHEAST OF ALABAMA: Places like Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia should see their first snow flakes of the season as a coastal low forms near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For Friday night’s high school games, it will be clear, windy, and sharply colder with temperatures falling through the 50s, reaching the 40s by the second half of the games. North winds will gust to 25 mph at times, making it feel colder.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 50 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. Perfect cool, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL Saturday evening (5p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: Expect dry weather Monday and Tuesday with a slow warming trend; the latest GFS run has backed off on the Wednesday rain event; see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

TROPICS: A disturbance just northeast of the Leeward Islands could develop slowly in coming days, but it is moving north, and will not impact the U.S.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A few showers are likely on the coast this afternoon from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, but expect sunny days and clear nights tomorrow through the weekend. It will be sharply colder on the coast Saturday and Sunday with highs around 60, and lows in the upper 40s.

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I will be speaking this morning to a senior adult group in Southside, in Etowah County, and this evening I will be live from opening night of Disney on Ice at the BJCC, which is also the kickoff for our annual Toys for Tots drive. I will post updated forecast notes here later this afternoon… enjoy the day…

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October 29, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 06:10
October 29, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
The ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is a detailed weather discussion for Alabama and the Southeast U.S. which goes beyond the normal stuff you see on TV! From... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 852 3 ratings Time: 05:26 More in News & Politics
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October 28, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 17:39
October 28, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
The ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is a detailed weather discussion for Alabama and the Southeast U.S. which goes beyond the normal stuff you see on TV! From... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 200 1 ratings Time: 05:07 More in News & Politics
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