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Alabama solar eclipse weather: Will skies be cloudy or clear?

A solar eclipse is coming up on Monday, April 8. It will be a total eclipse for parts of the U.S., with the sun going dark for a while as the moon passes in front of it.

Alabama won’t get to experience that but will be treated to a partial eclipse. Some parts of the state could see nearly 90 percent of the sun obscured.

Here’s the path for Monday’s solar eclipse:

Monday’s solar eclipse will begin at 12:33 p.m. CDT and end at 3:20 p.m.

A big question, for a lot of the nation, is how clear the skies will be for prime eclipse viewing.

An updated forecast from the National Weather Service (shown at the top of this post) looks like a mixed bag for Alabama, with some spots expected to see more clouds than others.

As of Friday morning, the forecast for Monday pegs southeast Alabama as the place with the clearest skies. The sky cover forecast for Monday at 1 p.m., in the midst of eclipse time, shows places in southeast Alabama will have clouds getting in the way of about 30 percent of the sky.

Those numbers climb as you head northward and westward in the state. Places in a majority of the rest of Alabama are forecast to have 50-60 percent cloud cover on Monday afternoon.

The National Weather Service expects a storm system to be approaching from the west, with climbing rain chances in the forecast for Monday.

Of course, that storm system could slow down — or speed up — before Monday gets here, so don’t write off eclipse viewing just yet.

And if the weather ends up not cooperating, there are scheduled to be several livestreams so you will get to see the full eclipse no matter where you are.

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