Rain ends, then we'll need jackets

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The lead up to today's rain over the past several days appeared to come with some potential for severe thunderstorms. It didn't pan out, which is always better than the alternative - especially given the powerful and destructive tornado that hit Dallas, Texas last night.

Widespread rain developed ahead of the thunderstorms that posed the severe threat. The preceding rain cooled the atmosphere and limited the instability, thus choking the severe weather threat before it ever started. We still got some beneficial rainfall all across East Mississippi and West Alabama.

The rain will gradually fade through the evening. Most of us will be finished with the rain by 6 PM. Leftover lingering rain will fade to an end before midnight. The clouds will follow through the early morning hours of Tuesday. Tuesday will become sunny and brighter and cooler. The morning will start with 50s. The afternoon will top out in the lower 70s.

Even colder air will arrive Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Wednesday and Thursday morning lows will be in the low-to-mid 40s. Afternoons will still warm into the 70s. Our next weather maker will bring a chance for rain to us on Friday. The rain may be limited. Early data indicates the rain will be most likely to fall from Demopolis to Butler to Gilbertown to Waynesboro - so around our eastern and southern fringes. This forecast can change as new data is available to help us fine tune the forecast. It's especially important to stay informed since this could affect our Football Friday.