James Spann predicts a rather dry week for Alabama from Alabama Press Center to Vimeo.

QUIET DAYS: Dry weather will continue across Alabama today; with partly to mostly sunny skies, we expect a high in the mid-50s this afternoon. The average high for Birmingham on January 24 is 55. Clouds will increase this evening and a disturbance could bring light rain to the southern third of the state on Tuesday. The best chance of rain will be along and south of US 84; most of northern and central Alabama will be dry despite cloud cover. Tuesday’s high will be between 47 and 51 degrees.

REST OF THE WEEK: Wednesday will be sunny and colder, with a high in the mid-40s. Dry weather continues Thursday; expect partly sunny skies with a high back in the mid-50s. Clouds move into the state on Friday ahead of a cold front and upper trough, but the air will be very dry and most of ‘State will remain dry. A few splashes cannot be ruled out, but measurable rain is very unlikely. Temperatures will likely stay in the 40s all day Friday.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be cold and dry. After an early morning low of 18 to 24 degrees, the high will be in the low to mid 40s. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high of 50 to 55 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Monday and Tuesday will be dry. Global models suggest a chance of rain on Wednesday, followed by dry weather on Thursday and Friday. There are no signs of extremely cold air next week as the pattern begins to change; in fact, temperatures are expected to be above average across the Deep South for the first six days of February. There are no signs of snow or ice problems for Alabama for the next 10-15 days.ON THIS DATE IN 1963: A cold spell was underway in the Deep South. Birmingham dropped to 2 degrees below zero. Other lows included minus 4 at Huntsville, minus 3 at Muscle Shoals, minus 1 at Anniston, 3 at Tuscaloosa, 5 at Montgomery and 8 at Mobile.

ON THIS DATE IN 1967: A tornado outbreak in the central United States was the furthest north on record in winter up to that time. Severe weather conditions occurred over much of southeast and east-central Iowa. Two-inch hail fell on Armstrong and more than two dozen tornadoes were reported. Five miles north of Fort Madison, one fatality occurred from a tornado, along with six injuries. A tornado causing F4 damage killed three people and injured 216 in St. Louis County, Missouri. The storms also affected parts of northern and central Illinois. A strong tornado in Mason County killed one person and injured three others. Another tornado moved through the Champaign-Urbana metro area, injuring five people.

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