Wet and stormy today, heat will follow

A few strong to severe storms are expected this morning and afternoon
Amanda has an hour-by-hour look ahead!
Published: Apr. 3, 2023 at 4:57 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 3, 2023 at 2:45 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - It has been a wet and stormy start to the first week of April... widespread rain and storms have moved from west to east across the region, but now what is leftover for Alabama is only isolated activity. After being impacted by heavy rain, gusty winds and lots of lightning, storms have pushed out of area, but a few could still fire on radar due to daytime heating.

We can’t rule out a few random pop-up showers and storms into the early evening, but at best we anticipate scattered development. There is more warmth and muggy conditions in the atmosphere now than compared to earlier this morning, but with a lack of forcing available storms have not been forming.

Any storms along and south of U.S. 80 today could become strong to severe; the threats would be damaging wind gusts and large hail.

Things dry out everywhere later this evening and should stay that way through Wednesday night. A stray shower or storm cannot be ruled out Tuesday or Wednesday, but those chances are near ~10%. The sky each day will start overcast in the morning before turning partly cloudy by lunchtime.

Temperatures will go from the middle and upper 70s today to the middle and upper 80s Tuesday and Wednesday. A slight uptick in rain chances will occur Thursday with highs remaining very warm in the 80s.

Drying out and warming up big time for Tuesday and Wednesday before more wet weather returns to...
Drying out and warming up big time for Tuesday and Wednesday before more wet weather returns to the forecast...(WSFA 12 News)

Thursday’s rain chances are only at 30% for now. Higher chances for rain exist in the forecast for Friday and Easter weekend. Unfortunately it looks rather wet, gloomy and noticeably cooler for any Easter weekend plans and activities.

Currently the rain chances are around 50% from Friday through Easter Sunday. However, it’s likely at least some of those chances will go up as we get closer. Temperatures will struggle with the clouds and rain around with highs in the 60s Saturday and Sunday. Some of us may not even get to 60 degrees on Saturday if some of the cooler model guidance comes to fruition.

While a few storms are possible Friday, the weekend should only be plain rain showers. We don’t see a thunderstorm risk thanks to the cooler temperatures and stable air that will be in place.

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