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RADAR UPDATE: It has been raining much of the afternoon over far Northwest Alabama… the rain at mid-afternoon is west of a line from Gordo to Jasper to Decatur to Athens. The big rain mass is moving slowly to the east… below is a look at when we expect the rain to begin.
LITTLE IF ANY SEVERE WEATHER: As expected, there is very little surface based instability across Alabama, and the risk of severe weather is now so small we really don’t need to mention it in the forecast. There could be a little lightning in spots, but basically tonight will just be cool with a soaking rain.
Rain amounts of around one inch are likely.
TOMORROW: The rain will end early in the day; the high resolution NAM suggests the rain will be over in Birmingham by daybreak, with rain ending over East Alabama by mid-morning. The sky will begin to clear tomorrow afternoon as cooler and drier air works into the state.
Looks like a great night for high school football tomorrow night with a clear sky and temperatures falling through the 50s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Lots of sunshine Saturday and Sunday with a cooling trend. The high Saturday will be in the mid 60s, with low 60s Sunday. Temperatures will be near 40 degrees at daybreak Sunday, with 30s for the colder pockets around here.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: Auburn plays at Arkansas Saturday (5:00pm CT kickoff); the sky will be sunny with a kickoff temperature near 55 degrees, falling quickly into the 40s by halftime. UAB will host Middle Tennessee State Saturday at Legion Field in Birmingham (12:00pm CT kickoff); the sky will be sunny. About 62 degrees at kickoff, 65 degrees by the final whistle with a stiff north wind of 10-20 mph.
NEXT WEEK: A system very similar to the one we are dealing with tonight should bring out next chance of rain late Wednesday and Wednesday night, followed by drier air moving in during the day Thursday. The risk of severe weather with that system, for now, looks small.
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Category: Alabama's Weather