James Spann: Alabama stays dry through Thursday; Unstable weather this weekend

James Spann: Alabama stays dry through Thursday;  Unstable weather this weekend

Clearing: Skies cleared this afternoon in the northern half of Alabama, with temperatures reaching the 60s. Clouds continue over the southern provinces. Dothan is still in the upper 40s at mid-afternoon. These remaining clouds are supposed to recede this evening, and the weather tonight will be mild and cool, with lows in the 30s.

Dry weather is the story Tuesday through Thursday with mostly sunny and pleasant afternoons and mild and cool nights. Highs will be mostly in the 60s, with lows in the 30s and 40s. Clouds return Friday ahead of a cold front, and some rain will likely move into the northern half of the state. Highs remain in the 60s on Friday.

Weekend in Alabama: The weekend will witness unstable weather, with rain falling on Saturday and Sunday. The most widespread rain will be across north and central Alabama, where rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible. Amounts for the southern third of the state will be a half inch or less for most communities. Highs remain in the 60s through the weekend.

next week: Global models indicate that the chance of rain may continue until Monday. The rest of the week looks dry with seasonable temperatures – highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s.the long term: Global models continue to indicate that colder air will return to the Deep South in 10 to 15 days, but there is no way to know how much temperatures will drop or whether there will be any wintry precipitation.

On this date in 1887: San Francisco experienced its biggest snow storm ever. Nearly 4 inches were reported in downtown San Francisco, and the city’s western hills received 7 inches. The excited crowds went on a snowball throwing rampage.

On this date in 1909: A tornado tore through parts of Lowndes and Montgomery counties, killing three people. At least six small homes near Burkeville were destroyed. At Stone’s Farm about 9 miles west of Montgomery, at least eight homes and numerous farm implements were destroyed.

On this date in 1986: A supercell thunderstorm tracked into the Tomball area northwest of Houston, Texas, and produced four tornadoes along with damaging small blast winds and up to the size of a tennis ball. An F3 tornado killed two people, injured 80, and destroyed a mobile home park and the David Wayne Hawks Airport. In addition, 300 aircraft were damaged or destroyed.

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