First Alert: Beautiful Tuesday, storms return Thursday

Colder air returns by the weekend
Published: Feb. 6, 2023 at 3:23 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2023 at 5:25 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - What a day! Sunshine warmed us into the upper 60s to lower 70s around the southern half of Alabama; it will do us the same favor tomorrow. Tuesday will be a warm, dry and gorgeous day with afternoon temperatures between 68 and 74 degrees and a bright, sunny sky. Don’t get too used to that, though, as changes come fast and furious starting on Wednesday.

Clouds increase early Wednesday morning, with a few scattered showers or thunderstorms possible by Wednesday afternoon and evening. Any initial rain and rumbles will be isolated, many of us will stay dry Wednesday.

Tuesday will be a sunny, dry and warm day - but storms take aim at Alabama by midweek!

A deepening surface low will move through the Mississippi Valley Wednesday night and Thursday morning, swinging a cold front in our direction. Ahead of and along this front, thunderstorms are likely. With ample wind shear, some of these storms could be severe. The main threats are isolated damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes. You need multiple, reliable ways of getting weather warnings Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Remember, you cannot rely on outdoor weather sirens!

The front will hang up along the Gulf Coast, a second batch of showers and thunderstorms will move along the stalled front, perhaps grazing southeast Alabama on Thursday night into Friday. For now, we’ll throw a 30% in the forecast to account for that, but please understand that this part of the forecast is subject to large changes based on exactly where that cold front stalls.

Warm, dry and beautiful Tuesday, storms return Thursday
Warm, dry and beautiful Tuesday, storms return Thursday(WSFA 12 News)

The front zips through the state Friday night, pulling much colder air into the Deep South for the weekend. Highs on Saturday and Sunday will drop into the 50s with overnight lows back below freezing Saturday night.

As always, remember to download the free WSFA 12 News First Alert Weather app. That way you can gain the latest weather information from the First Alert Weather Team wherever you go. Just search WSFA Weather in the Apple App Store or Google Play store today.