Not too much to complain about to day regarding the weather as we bask in another sunny Alabama Spring day. Easterly winds are having an impact on the area. Some locations in east Alabama are 10 degrees cooler locations in central and west Alabama. The easterly winds creating this temperature gradient will continue through the remainder of the afternoon and evening. So with that being said no 1 temperature can be given for a forecast high today. So if you're in east Alabama expect a high near 70 degrees. If you're located in central or west Alabama expect a high in the upper 70s to low 80s.
Most are in line with another mild evening as winds begin to shift tonight. East Alabama will continue to run about 5 to 10 degrees cooler than central and west Alabama. I feel many across east Alabama will experience a low near 50 tonight with a slight milder setting it the mid 50s for central and west Alabama.
Warmer temps are on the way Friday as our next cold front helps ramp up a southerly wind flow. Many will deal with highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s Friday afternoon. Friday will be another visually appealing day ahead of what looks to be an soggy Saturday.
As we close out the workweek, an upper-level trough will become a closed low over the Central Plains. Which is good news because this limits our severe storm risk for Saturday. By sunrise Saturday a line of showers and storms will continue to track east across Mississippi. By the time these storms enter Alabama they will become less favorable for severe storm development as the system becomes vertically stacked. This by no means looks like a widespread severe weather threat, and it DOES NOT look like a strong tornado threat. This is shaping up to be a low-end severe weather threat with the main concern being damaging winds. The best area of severe storm development area areas west of I-65. Rain activity will continue through the evening/night Saturday. Severe threat will decrease as we go in to the evening and the night.
There will be enough moisture left over to help produce a few showers and storms Sunday. So keep an umbrella close by all weekend and even early next week. Yes Monday also has a high likelihood of rain, and even the potential for severe weather. Another upper-level trough will move toward Alabama Monday and this set-up is a touch better than Saturday in regards to severe storm development. Monday could host a few strong and even severe storms but the threat still looks limited. We'll talk more about Monday's severe threat over the next coming days.
VERNON TURNER, WSFA FIRST ALERT METEOROLOGIST
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