Coldest night this week on the way

A cold and dry air mass will fully arrive overnight bringing us a cold night with lows in the upper 30s for northern neighborhoods to the low 40s across most of the rest of Central Alabama. Please use caution with space heaters overnight. The high quickly slides off to our east Thursday as a cold front races in from the west. While the front currently is producing showers in the central plains it will move through here dry, with only a few clouds in the afternoon to signal its arrival. Hopefully, the clouds won’t block our view of a partial solar eclipse. The rising new moon will partially block out a portion of the sun around 5 pm Thursday until it sets just after 6 pm. Remember, don’t look directly at the sun. Thursday will be a milder day after the cold start with highs in the low 70s. Then, we’ll see a gradual warm up into the weekend as a new high pressure cell moves in after Thursday’s weak front. Then, a new cold front begins to swing in for the middle of next week, giving us our best chance at rain for a while, although we won’t likely see much.

Great news for THE biggest football game in Birmingham every year… The Magic City Classic! Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M on Saturday – Weather is perfect with sunshine and highs in the middle 70s. Enjoy the party! Also, nice weather for the Auburn – South Carolina games, but you’ll need a jacket or sweatshirt as the contest kicks after sunset. Same for fans headed to Rocky Top as Tennessee takes on Alabama.

Finally, today, the Storm Prediction Center began using a new method for rating expected severe storm risk. Storm Track Meteorologist Ted McInerney breaks it down in a unique way

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