James Spann: Alabama stays dry through Friday; storms Saturday

PLEASANT SPRING AFTERNOON: The sky has become partly to mostly sunny this afternoon with temperatures in the 67- to 70-degree range in most places and nothing showing up on radar. Clouds will increase tonight, and a bit of light rain is possible over the southern half of the state, but where rain falls the amounts should be generally under one-tenth of an inch.

Tomorrow will be a mostly sunny day with a high in the 60s, below the average high of 73 for April 10.

CHILLY TEMPERATURES EARLY WEDNESDAY: We project a low early Wednesday in the 38- to 42-degree range, but some of the traditionally colder spots could see some frost, with low to mid 30s. Then, during the day Wednesday, we expect sunshine in full supply with a high close to 70 degrees.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Our weather stays dry on these two days with warmer afternoons; highs will be close to 80 degrees with a good supply of sunshine. But, to the west, Friday looks like an active severe weather day for parts of east Texas, east Oklahoma, much of Arkansas and north Louisiana; this is where the Storm Prediction Center has a severe weather risk defined.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Showers and storms will move into Alabama on Saturday as the weekend begins, and some of the storms could pack a punch. For now it looks like the main issue will come from strong straight-line winds, as the surface low should be far to the north, over the Great Lakes. There are still some model differences, but it looks like the main window for rain and storms will come from noon through midnight Saturday. Rain could possibly linger into Sunday morning.

Sunday looks like a cloudy, breezy and much cooler day with some light rain still possible on the back side of the departing system. There’s a good chance temperatures will hold in the 50s all day over the northern half of the state.

NEXT WEEK: The first half of the week looks dry with cold mornings. We will drop into the 37- to 41-degree range early Monday, but the coldest morning could very well come on Tuesday, April 17, with most north and central Alabama communities dropping into the 30s and a chance of frost. On the positive side, this looks like the last widespread frost of the season.

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