James Spann: Cool days, cold nights for Alabama through the weekend

DRY BY EARLY NEXT WEEK: Dry weather will continue in Alabama through the weekend with sunny, cool days and clear, cold nights. The highs are usually between 50 and 55 degrees, the lows between 25 and 32 degrees. Colder spots across northern Alabama will reach low 20s.

NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues Monday through Wednesday with a slow warming trend; Temperatures will reach the low 60s by Wednesday. The next chance for rain comes late in the week, sometime between Thursday and Friday. The model consistency was not good in terms of details of the system, which is to be expected seven to ten days later. Today’s latest global model runs continue to reduce the risk of strong or heavy storms and point to only a light rain event.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains calm and tropical storm formation is not expected until early next week. Hurricane season ends at the end of the month.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Expect clear, cold conditions for Friday night’s high school playoff games, with temperatures falling from the mid-40s at kickoff to the top 30s in the second half.

Alabama host Austin Peay at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday (11 a.m. kick-off). Skies will be sunny, with temperatures soaring from nearly 49 degrees at kick-off to the mid-50s by the final whistle.

Auburn hosts Western Kentucky at Jordan-Hare Stadium (kick-off 3:00 p.m.). It will be sunny and around 55 degrees at kickoff and falling into the upper 40s by the fourth quarter.

On Saturday night, UAB travels to Baton Rouge to take on LSU (kick-off at 8am). Expect cloudy skies with temperatures in the 50s during gameplay. A passing shower cannot be ruled out.

ON THIS DAY IN 1927: A tornado (at times 260 yards wide) cut a 17-mile path through Alexandria, Virginia, across the District of Columbia from the Navy Yard to Benning Road and 19th St. NE and northeast to East Riverdale, Maryland. This storm injured 31 people and hit the Naval Air Station, where a gust of 93 mph was recorded.

ON THIS DAY IN 1957: An F4 tornado moved across Walker County northeast of Cross Roads, 6 miles northwest of Jasper to 1 mile north of Manchester. A new ranch house was picked up, blown apart and scattered. Three people were killed in this house. A fourth death occurred at another home.

ON THIS DAY IN 2013: An unusually powerful storm system whipped up five dozen tornadoes from the Great Lakes to the Tennessee Valley. Two EF4 twisters hit Illinois and hit the communities of Washington and New Minden.

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