James Spann: Clouds hang around Alabama, but not much rain today

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THIS MORNING: Temperatures have changed little across Alabama over the past 18 hours. We have mostly 40s over the northern half of the state, but Dothan reported 61 degrees just before daybreak. That part of the state is south of a stalled surface front, representing the leading edge of shallow, cold air that covered north and central Alabama yesterday. The front will dissipate today, and temperatures won’t be as cold. We will reach the 50s by afternoon, and some places will see low 60s, mainly along and south of I-20. In south Alabama, highs will be close to 70 this afternoon.

Clouds will linger today, but we don’t expect anything more than isolated showers. The chance of any one spot seeing a shower is only about 1 in 8.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: A broad southwest flow aloft will persist across the Deep South, meaning very little sun on these three days.

We will need to mention a chance of showers each day as well. The highest coverage of showers will be over the northern half of Alabama, especially along and north of I-20. The southern counties of the state will be impacted by an upper ridge over the Gulf of Mexico, meaning few, if any, showers there. Highs will be well up in the 60s, and some spots could see low 70s by Thursday and Friday afternoon.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A cold front will slip through here late Friday night and Saturday, stalling out somewhere across central Alabama. This means clouds will linger through the weekend, and once again we will deal with showers both days. Saturday should be cooler, with a high in the 50s, but we rise into the low 60s Sunday. The best coverage of rain over the weekend will be over the northern half of the state, and there will be some breaks in the rain. No flooding issues like last weekend — just occasional showers. And little rain for the southern quarter of Alabama.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND: The upper pattern will persist — trough in the western U.S.; ridge over the Bahamas and the Florida Peninsula. And, for us, a southwest flow aloft, meaning most days next week will feature a cloudy sky with some risk of showers. The weather will be mild, with highs well up in the 60s; we could see low 70s on a day or two. The bottom line is that we won’t see much sun around here for the next 10 days with occasional showers, especially for the northern half of the state. No severe storms, no flooding and probably not much thunder and lightning.

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