James Spann: Alabama dries out Tuesday, Wednesday; rain returns Thursday

RADAR CHECK: A large mass of rain covers much of central Alabama this afternoon; this is in response to a wave of low pressure moving along a stalled front over the southern part of the state. There is a big thermal contrast on either side of the front; temperatures are in the 50s across north Alabama, but to the south Mobile reported 81 degrees at 2 p.m. Rain will end from west to east this evening, and we drop into the 40s overnight.

TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY: These two days will be dry for most of the state; with a mix of sun and clouds we project a high in the low 70s Tuesday, followed by mid 70s Wednesday. Some south Alabama communities could rise to near 80 degrees again. It will feel like spring. Clouds increase Wednesday night as moisture levels begin to rise.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: A very deep surface low will set up across the Great Plains Wednesday, moving toward the Great Lakes by Thursday night. The trailing cold front will bring a band of rain and thunderstorms into Alabama Thursday. With the main upper support well to the north, the chance of severe storms looks low at this point, although a strong storm is certainly possible. The weather will stay mild, with a high in the 70s. Then, on Friday, rain ends very early in the day, and the sky becomes partly sunny as dry air returns. Friday will be cooler, with a high in the 60- to 65-degree range.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Look for dry, cool weather across the state Saturday and Sunday. Morning lows will drop into the mid 30s with potential for some frost; colder pockets across north and central Alabama could see a freeze. The high Saturday will be in the mid to upper 50s, followed by mid 60s Sunday. Look for mostly sunny days and fair nights.

NEXT WEEK: For now the weather actually looks fairly dry much of the week with seasonal temperatures.

ON THIS DATE IN 1888: The Great Blizzard of 1888 paralyzed the east coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine on March 11-14. The blizzard dumped as much as 55 inches of snow in some areas, and snow drifts of 30 to 40 feet were reported. An estimated 400 people died from this blizzard.

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