James Spann: Rain rolls into Alabama Sunday

James Spann forecasts a beautiful start to the weekend from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

ANOTHER COLD SPRING MORNING: Here are some temperatures around daybreak across Alabama this morning:

  • Black Creek — 31
  • Cullman — 34
  • Decatur — 34
  • Gadsden — 36
  • Hueytown — 38
  • Pell City — 39
  • Jemison — 40
  • Heflin — 40
  • Dunnavant — 42

This should be our last morning with frost issues until the fall, and today will feature a nice warm-up. With a good supply of sunshine, the high today will be near 70 degrees. Tonight will be clear and cool, with a low in the 40s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Our weather stays dry tomorrow; the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with a high in the mid 70s. Clouds roll in quickly tomorrow night, and rain moves in Sunday morning. Rain will be widespread through the afternoon and into Sunday night. There’s no risk of severe weather for the northern half of the state, but the Storm Prediction Center has defined a marginal risk for parts of south Alabama.

A few storms over the southern counties of the state could produce gusty winds, but there is very little surface-based instability. I expect little, if any, thunder over north Alabama. This will be a good soaking rain with rain amounts between 2 and 3 inches for much of the state.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Alabama’s annual spring “A Day” game is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. It will be a perfect day for the game. With a sunny sky, temperatures will rise from the low 70s at kickoff into the mid 70s by the second half. There is no risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: An upper trough hangs around early in the week; Monday and Tuesday will be cloudy with a chance of lingering rain at times; highs will be in the 65- to 70-degree range. The latter half of the week looks dry with highs back in the 70s.

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN: The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be today through Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park. We have a forecast page set up for it on AlabamaWx. Click here to check it out.

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