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The Weather Authority | Periods Of Rain Tonight; Cooler

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From James Spann and the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog:

BIG THERMAL CONTRAST: We have a big 31 degree swing across Alabama this afternoon… at 2:00 we are seeing 55 degrees at Cullman and Haleyville north of a cold front over Central Alabama, but to the south we have 86 at Montgomery and Auburn with a partly sunny sky. Light rain is fairly widespread over North Alabama, north of the front.

The front will continue to move slowly southward tonight, and the sky will remain cloudy over North/Central Alabama with periods of rain. Then, during the day tomorrow, any lingering rain will end early in the day, but clouds will linger with a high in the mid to upper 60s. We could see some slow clearing by mid to late afternoon.

Thursday will be a bright, sunny day with a high in the low 70s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Clouds will increase Friday ahead of the next wave to the west, and rain will move back into the state Friday night. At this point it looks like the best chance of rain will come from 9:00 p.m. Friday through 12:00 noon Saturday (understand this timing could change as we get closer to the weekend). Rain amounts should be 1/2 inch or less for most communities, and I really don’t expect much, if any, thunder. Clouds will linger through Saturday afternoon for a few hours after the rain ends… the high Friday will be in the low 70s, then dropping into the mid 60s Saturday.

Sunday will be a bright sunny day; after a low in the mid 40s, the high Sunday afternoon will be in the mid 60s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games Friday night, the sky will be cloudy with some rain possible, mainly during the second half of the games. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 60s.

On Saturday, Auburn visits Oxford to the on the Ole Miss Rebels (11a CT kickoff)… the sky will be cloudy; some light rain is possible, mainly during the first half. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 60s.

Alabama heads to Knoxville to take on Tennessee (2:30p CT kickoff)… cloudy and cool weather is the story, and it is looking like most of the rain will be over by game time. Kickoff temperature will be near 60, falling back into the 50s by the fourth quarter.

Saturday is homecoming day for UAB; the Blazers take on North Texas at Legion Field (6:30p CT kickoff)… we expect a clearing sky over Birmingham with temperatures falling from the low 60s at kickoff into the 50s by halftime.

NEXT WEEK: Monday morning looks like he coldest morning so far this season; most places will drop into the low 40s, but colder pockets will visit the 30s for the first time. Dry, cool weather continues through mid-week, but some rain is possible toward the end of the week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A disturbance has moved into Belize without development, and the rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet and calm.

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