James Spann: Mild Thanksgiving for Alabama with rain tonight – Update Alaba

James Spann predicts mild weather for Thanksgiving in Alabama from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Temperatures will rise to 67 to 72 degrees in Alabama today with increasing clouds. Most communities will be dry during the day, but rain will move into the state tonight. The main window for rain will be from about 9 a.m. today to noon Friday; amounts around 1 inch are likely. Thunderstorms are possible, but no severe storms are expected.

Most places across Alabama will be dry Friday afternoon and night, though clouds will persist. Highs will be in the mid-60s.

WEEKEND: Saturday morning will be dry across the state; then on Saturday afternoon we will introduce the possibility of isolated showers, mainly in the western districts. It will be another mild day with highs near 70 degrees, nearly 10 degrees above the late November average. The next round of rain is likely Saturday night into early Sunday as an upper low lifts to the west.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a low, marginal risk of severe thunderstorms for the southwest corner of Alabama Saturday night. A few thunderstorms could produce strong gusty winds there. There is also some conditional threat for a tornado or two, but no severe storms are expected for the rest of the state.

The Saturday night/Sunday rain should also bring about 1 inch of rain to the state. Skies become partly sunny Sunday afternoon as dry air returns; the maximum will be close to 70.

NEXT WEEK: Dry weather is the story Monday and Tuesday with highs in the upper 60s and lows in the 70s. After that, a dynamic system will push rain and thunderstorms into Wednesday. We can’t rule out a few strong to severe storms, but it’s too early to define a threat. Dry, cooler air arrives Thursday and Friday, with highs in the 50s.

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFF GAMES: The weather will be dry for Alabama high school football games Friday night. Skies will be mostly cloudy with temperatures around 50 degrees.

IRON BOWL: Saturday will be a mild day for Alabama’s biggest football game of the year (Auburn at Alabama, kickoff 2:30 p.m.). We are now projecting low 70s at the start. A shower or two isn’t out of the question, but widespread rain won’t arrive in Tuscaloosa until after the game. Chance of showers Saturday afternoon is 30-35%. Temperatures will drop into the mid-60s by the final whistle and rain will spread across West Alabama by 9pm Saturday.

Saturday morning will be dry for the goalkeeper.

ON THIS DATE IN 2001: Three dozen tornadoes hit Alabama. The first major tornado of the day cut a 59-mile path from near Kennedy in Lamar County 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 shortly before 11:30 a.m., injuring 13 people.

Just northeast of Birmingham, an F2 tornado was moving along I-59 near Argo when it cut a nearly 14-mile path into St. Clair.

The strongest tornado of the day touched down southeast of Oneonta in Blount County around 1:19 p.m. The tornado caused three different areas of F4 damage. The other two fatalities that day occurred near Sand Rock in Cherokee County just after 3:00 PM when an F2 tornado cut an 8 mile path. The death occurred again in a mobile home.

ON THIS DATE IN 2004: Sixteen tornadoes touched down in Alabama, including one that touched down near Talladega Superspeedway. It continued through Bynum, where two mobile homes were heavily damaged by fallen trees, one of which killed a 75-year-old woman.

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