COLD MORNING: Our Skywatcher at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden, reported 31 degrees this morning with frost. Other temperatures just before daybreak:
- Concord — 33
- Cullman — 34
- Fort Payne — 34
- Valley Head — 34
- Pell City — 34
- Talladega — 36
- Gadsden — 36
- Anniston — 37
- Courtland — 37
- Birmingham — 38
- Demopolis — 38
- Tuscaloosa — 40
Today will feature sunshine in full supply with a high between 62 and 65 degrees. Tonight will be clear and cold again; a frost advisory is in effect for tomorrow morning for roughly the northern third of Alabama, where temperatures will dip down into the 30s.
THE WEEKEND: After the cold start, we warm into the mid 60s tomorrow afternoon with a sunny sky. Sunday will be partly sunny with a high in the low 60s; we will mention just a small risk of a shower as a weak front passes through. With very little moisture, most places will stay dry.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: For high school football playoff games tonight, the weather will be chilly, with a clear sky and temperatures falling into the 40s during the games.
UAB is also on the road, taking on Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) Saturday (kickoff at 6 p.m. Central) in San Antonio. The sky will be mostly cloudy with just a few widely scattered showers; the temperature will be near 68 at kickoff, falling into the low 60s by the second half.
NEXT WEEK: The weather looks dry Monday through Thursday with pleasant days and cool nights; highs will be mostly in the 60s with lows mostly in the 40s. A cold front will bring a risk of showers, and possibly a thunderstorm at the end of the week on Friday (if the Global Forecast System is correct), or on Saturday, Nov. 18 (if the European model is correct). The longer-range ensemble output from global models show a pretty cold pattern for the eastern third of the nation around Thanksgiving.
TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet; tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.
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