James Spann: Alabama still dry today; it sometimes rains on the weekend

James Spann predicts another beautiful day for Alabama before the rain returns from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo .

ONE MORE SUNNY DAY: In Alabama today we are forecasting high temperatures in the mid 70s with a good supply of sunshine. Clouds will increase late tonight due to the disturbance that rain will bring to the state over the weekend.

SATURDAY SUNDAY: Saturday will include mostly cloudy skies, but much of the state will remain dry during the day. However, rain is likely to start over the western districts during the afternoon, and a severe thunderstorm cannot be ruled out over the southwestern corner of the state. The Storm Prediction Center maintains a marginal risk (1 out of 5) of severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening for the area from Butler to the Alabama Gulf Coast.Strong gusty winds will be the main risk for stronger storms over southwest Alabama. But there is very little surface instability in the rest of Alabama and there will be little thunderstorms. Periods of rain are likely nationwide Saturday night into Sunday morning; then a dry slot works until Sunday afternoon, which should stop the rain. Amounts around 1 inch are likely across the western half of the state, with amounts of a half to 1 inch for eastern counties.

Highs will be between 71 and 74 degrees on Saturday and above 60 on Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Clouds will linger at times on Monday and the occasional light rain can’t be ruled out, but there’s a decent chance most of the state will be dry for tricks during the evening. Tuesday will be dry, but a fast-moving disturbance will bring a few showers on Wednesday. It looks like Thursday and Friday will be rain-free; highs will be in the 70s during the week.At this point, there are no signs of freezing temperatures in Alabama and the Deep South until mid-November.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Skies will be mostly fair at high school games across Alabama today with temperatures dropping from the low 70s early in the second half to the 60s.

Saturday Auburn hosts Arkansas (11 a.m. kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium; skies will mostly cloud over during the game, but we expect the weather to remain dry. Temperatures will rise from near 68 at the start to the low 70s during the second half.

The Magic City Classic (Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State) is Saturday at Birmingham’s Legion Field (2:30 p.m. kickoff). Skies will be mostly cloudy, with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees in the first half, dropping into the upper sixties by the final whistle. Light rain towards the end of the game cannot be ruled out.

UAB is at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton Saturday night (6 p.m. kickoff). Skies will be clear with temperatures dropping from near 80 degrees in the early to mid 70s by the final whistle.

TROPICS: Low pressure over the southwest Atlantic Ocean continues to produce a wide area of ​​scattered showers and thunderstorms. According to the forecast, a surface low pressure system will appear along the northern part of the axis of the trough and some subsequent development could occur during Saturday. By late Saturday, upper-level winds are expected to become less favorable for development, and low-level winds are expected to begin interacting with an approaching frontal system. This feature will remain well east of the US

An area of ​​low pressure is expected to form over the eastern Caribbean Sea this weekend, likely associated with the southern portion of an existing low pressure trough over the area. Environmental conditions are forecast to favor gradual development and a tropical depression could form early next week as the disturbance moves generally to the west or west-northwest across the central Caribbean Sea. It is still too early to know if any plots will be affected.

ON THIS DATE IN 2020: Hurricane Zeta made landfall in Cocodrie, Louisiana as a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 115 mph. Zeta produced widespread wind gusts over 40-50 mph across much of Alabama, with some locations experiencing 50-70 mph gusts. These strong winds caused extensive damage to trees and power lines in the southwest, south-central, and east-central parts of the state. Alabama Power reported at least 494,000 outages across the state at one point.

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