James Spann: One more day before rain returns to Alabama

SEVERE CLEAR: Nothing but sunshine across Alabama this afternoon with temperatures in the 67- to 70-degree range for most communities. Tonight will be clear and cool with a low in the 40s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We will squeeze out one more nice day tomorrow; the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with a high between 72 and 75. Clouds will increase tomorrow night, and rain will move in Sunday morning ahead of an approaching low-pressure area. Expect widespread rain Sunday afternoon into Sunday night; the air will be stable across the northern half of the state, and we probably won’t have much thunder. However, there will be a bit of instability across parts of south Alabama, where the Storm Prediction Center has defined a marginal risk of severe storms. This is for areas south of a line from Demopolis to Greenville to Dothan.

This will be a good rain event; amounts of 2 to 3 inches are likely from Sunday through Monday over 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 will develop and linger across the Southeast, meaning a chance of rain at times Monday and Tuesday with highs generally in the upper 60s. Most of the state should be dry Wednesday and Thursday; then a cold front will bring another chance of showers Friday.

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.

BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.

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