Friday Morning, November 27, 2015
Meteorologist Jake Reed/Meteorologist Ben Smith

Unseasonably warm weather continues into the weekend

A noticeable southeast breeze has pushed temperatures into the upper 60s and low 70s across the Valley Thanksgiving Day. Our average high for November 26 is 59 degrees! Afternoon highs will remain well above average at least through Sunday. Depending on cloud cover, we will be eight to 12 degrees above average Friday and Saturday.

We will be watching a front to our northwest bring rain, snow and ice to portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri. The front will move slowly, and it’s very possible the greatest threat for rain may hold off until late Sunday night through Tuesday. A very light shower is possible near Florence this evening, but the chance of rain happening isn’t high enough to include in the forecast.

Going shopping this morning?  It won’t be terribly cold.  Lows drop to the 40s and 50s from Huntsville to Nashville, Chattanooga, Birmingham, and Memphis. Daytime highs Friday once again make a run for 70ºF with some sun, some clouds, and a breeze from the southeast.

High School Playoff Games: The past two weeks of playoffs have been cold; this week will be mild compared to recent games! Expect temperatures in the mid-50s with a partly to mostly cloudy sky; a light southeast breeze will make you want to have a jacket, but you can leave heavy coats and rain gear at home this time.

The weekend: We will be watching a huge rain-maker west of us this weekend, but the really heavy, widespread rain stays away for now. Expect highs in the 60s on Saturday and Sunday; the chance of rain Saturday is low (10%), and Sunday’s chance isn’t much better (30%).

Next week:Rainfall won’t be overly impressive in coming days. Light, spotty showers move in leaving a few hundredths of an inch behind on Sunday and Monday. Rain moves out Tuesday, but another (heavier) batch of rain likely impacts the region late next week. In all, the little-by-little rainfall over the next seven days should give us close to 0.50″ to 1.00″ total. That’s not all coming at one time, though!

That rain leads into cooler weather again for the first few days of December. The “normals” for early December are 55-60ºF by day and 35-40ºF at night. Long-range guidance suggests we’ll be chilly by the end of next week, but we are far from expecting extreme cold in the near future!

College football forecasts

2015 Iron Bowl– 2:30 p.m. Saturday– Jordan-Hare Stadium: Expect a dry and very mild day for football down in Auburn this Saturday. Temperatures will be in the 60s for pre-game tailgaters. The temperature at kickoff will be near 71 degrees! The sky stays partly to mostly sunny through the afternoon, and wind will not be a factor for fans or the game. WHNT News 19 will air a pre-game special Saturday, November 28 at Noon. The game begins at 2:30 p.m. and will also air on WHNT News 19.

2015 Egg Bowl– 6:15 p.m. Saturday– Davis-Wade Stadium: If you’re making the trip over to Starkville, you may want to consider taking the rain gear as a precaution. While significant rain is unlikely, a few very light showers are possible, especially during the second half of the game. Temperatures will be in the 60s for tailgating, dropping to near 62 by kickoff.

Vanderbilt @ Tennessee– 3 p.m. Saturday– Neyland Stadium: The weather in Knoxville will be dry through much of the day Saturday, but a few very light showers become possible during the game. We don’t see a major threat of wet weather, but you may want to take along the rain gear just in case. Temperatures will range from the upper 50s to low 60s for tailgaters. The temperature at kickoff will be right at 62 degrees.

University of North Alabama vs. Tuskegee– 11:30 a.m. Saturday– Braly Stadium: A dry, mild day will greet Lions fans at Braly Stadium this weekend. Expect a kickoff temperature near 63 degrees, rising into the upper 60s during the second half.

Alabama A&M vs. Texas Southern University– 1 p.m. Saturday– Louis Crews Stadium: It will be a pleasant afternoon for football for the Bulldogs. It will be warmer than average for late November, but rain is unlikely. Expect a temperature near 67 at kickoff, staying in the middle 60s through the game. Wind should not be a factor in this game.

Tennessee Valley Forecast:

TODAY: Partly to mostly cloudy at times. Pleasantly warm in the afternoon; any measurable rain stays west of the Tennessee Valley Friday. Temps in the middle 50s/near 60 for H.S. playoff games. High: 72. Wind: SE 6-12.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and pleasant. Low: 54. Winds: SE 5 mph.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. Warmer than normal for late November. A chance of some scattered showers by Saturday evening; best chance stays west of I-65 near The Shoals. High: 68. Wind: SSE 5-10. Rain: 10%.

SUNDAY: Cloudy, periods of light/moderate showers especially west of Interstate 65 and north of Highway 72. Rainfall potential: 0.01-0.15” High: 66. Wind: SE 3-9. Rain: 30%.

MONDAY: Cloudy and wet at times. Rainfall potential around 0.10-0.25” High: 64. Wind: SE 5-10. Rain: 40%.

TUESDAY: Scattered showers ending early in the day. Partly to mostly cloudy, turning cooler late. High: 63. Wind: SW 5-15. Rain: 50%.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny. Colder in the morning, a mild and dry afternoon. High: 57. Wind: NW 5-15.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and cool. High: 58. Wind: NE 5-10.


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