James Spann: Showers late tonight, early tomorrow in Alabama

James Spann: Cold air heads out of Alabama with a little rain on the way from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

WARMING TREND CONTINUES: We are above freezing this morning, with most communities reporting temperatures in the 40s. We rise into the 60s later today with a mix of sun and clouds; a few widely scattered showers are possible near the Tennessee border, but most of the state will be dry.

FRIDAY NIGHT FRONT: An approaching surface front will bring showers into Alabama late tonight and tomorrow morning. For North/Central Alabama, the main window for rain comes from about midnight through 10 a.m. While there could be a few rumbles of thunder, there is no risk of severe storms, and rain amounts should be fairly light, mostly under one-quarter inch.

REST OF THE WEEKEND: After the morning showers, the sky becomes partly sunny tomorrow afternoon with a high between 67 and 70 degrees. Sunday promises to be a beautiful day with ample sunshine and a high in the mid 60s.

NEXT WEEK: Temperatures rise into the 70s Monday with a good supply of sunshine, but we will need to mention a chance of showers late Tuesday and Tuesday night with a surface front; again, rain amounts should be light and spotty. Global models hint at a more robust system that could affect Alabama toward the end of the week, but it remains to be seen whether this will bring a chance of severe thunderstorms.

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