MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Today marks the final full day of astronomical Winter - the Spring equinox is tomorrow, marking the point where the Sun’s direct rays cross over the equator. As the Earth continues its trek around the sun, our days will get longer as the northern hemisphere tilts towards the sun. These longer days and more direct sun will eventually lead to rising temperatures.... AKA Summer.
But before we get there, it feels a bit more like Winter in the near-term! Below average temperatures will last through the weekend.
A backdoor cold front will push in from Georgia tonight, triggering a few sprinkles and maintaining overcast skies. Lows tonight will be in the middle 40s generally speaking.
Clouds should disperse by lunchtime Saturday, giving way to a mostly sunny to partly cloudy afternoon with highs once again below normal in the lower 60s. A slight breeze is again expected.
Then, another cool night in the lower 40s is likely Saturday night, but frost is not anticipated.
Temps then head upwards as we end the weekend and head into the first full week of spring. Highs Sunday are forecast to reach the upper 60s, with lower 70s Monday and middle 70s Tuesday.
Sunday and Monday are mostly sunny and dry, then a chance of a few showers returns by Tuesday.
A much higher chance of rain and storms moves in Tuesday night and sticks around for Wednesday and Thursday. Right now it’s too early to determine if there will be a legitimate severe weather threat.
What we can say is that the ingredients could come together to support a severe weather threat of some magnitude at some point next week.