James Spann: Dry days for Alabama through Friday

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DRY, PLEASANT DAY AHEAD: We expect a good supply of sunshine across Alabama today with a high in the upper 60s, a little below the average high of 73 for April 10. Tonight will be clear and fairly chilly; the low early tomorrow will be close to 40 degrees, but traditionally colder spots will see a low in the 30s with some scattered light frost.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: Our weather will stay dry with mostly sunny days and fair nights; the high tomorrow will be close to 70, but then we rise into the upper 70s, and low 80s Friday. South winds will increase Friday ahead of a storm system that will bring potential for severe thunderstorms over parts of east Texas, east Oklahoma, Arkansas and north Louisiana Friday.

STORMS RETURN TO ALABAMA SATURDAY: Showers and storms will advance into Alabama on Saturday as the weekend begins; for now the Storm Prediction Center does not have any severe weather risk defined because of model uncertainty, but no doubt we could see a few strong storms during the day. Strong straight-line winds seems to be the main threat, but an isolated tornado can’t be totally ruled out. It won’t rain all day, but no doubt Saturday and Saturday night look pretty wet and stormy. We can be much more specific as we get closer to the weekend.

Rain amounts of 1 to 2 inches are expected; the rain will taper off after midnight Saturday night. Then, on Sunday, the day looks mostly cloudy, breezy and much cooler, with temperatures only in the 50s, along with some light rain or drizzle in spots.

NEXT WEEK: The first half of the week will be dry with cool days and chilly nights; we will need to keep an eye on frost potential for early Tuesday morning, April 17, when the sky will be clear and the wind will be near calm.

ON THIS DATE IN 2009: An EF-3 tornado stayed on the ground for 33 miles through parts of Marshall, Jackson and DeKalb counties, with many houses heavily damaged and a few destroyed in the area along Lake Guntersville and in subdivisions to the east. Many mobile homes and at least 20 boat houses were also destroyed along its path. Five people were injured.

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