First Alert: Rain chances build and temperatures fall ahead of Easter Sunday

Tracking a much colder Saturday with waves of rain, a tad warmer Easter Sunday and trending much drier.
First Alert 12: Big plans this weekend? Here is a quick look at the forecast for Saturday and Easter Sunday.
Published: Apr. 7, 2023 at 3:17 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 8, 2023 at 10:35 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Today is looking rather wet, breezy and gloomy, as passing showers are on the rise as we move through the day, along with gusting winds. In fact, we’ve upped the rain chances to 60-80% across the region for today, with temperatures hovering in the 50s, for the most part, area wide.

The good news is there still looks to be a big decrease in rain chances for Easter itself. Most everyone should actually see an entirely dry holiday. This is great news for Easter egg hunts and church services. Just be mindful that the ground will still be damp or wet, especially during the morning hours.

Despite the forecast being dry for Easter, I wouldn’t bank on seeing much by the way of sunshine. That will be the case all weekend long. The result will be temperatures staying way down compared to where we’ve been so far this week. The 80s will be long gone by Saturday as highs struggle to warm into the upper 50s.

A "wedge" front will come through Friday night, allowing much cooler air to settle in this...
A "wedge" front will come through Friday night, allowing much cooler air to settle in this weekend.(WSFA 12 News)

Upper 50s may be too generous for Saturday as a wedge front/cold air damming scenario takes shape. These result in cold air pouring southward from the Carolinas into Georgia and much of Alabama. It’s completely plausible to say temperatures don’t get above 55 degrees in many spots on Saturday.

To add insult to injury, it will be breezy on Saturday. Wind speeds of 10-20 mph will occur all day long. Pair the cold temperatures and breeziness with rain and clouds and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a very unpleasant day.

Mid-60s are likely for Easter Sunday as the wedge relaxes. More cool weather will be around next week as highs stay in the 60s Monday and Tuesday. Lower 70s are a good bet by Wednesday.

WSFA First Alert 7 Day Forecast
WSFA First Alert 7 Day Forecast(WSFA 12 News)

Regarding next week: We maintain mostly cloudy skies and low-end chances of rain to the forecast for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There is still disagreement among the long-range models during that window. However, due to the at least some support for rain during those three days, we’ve maintained rain chances of about 20%.

This is a good starting point at this time. Just be aware that the exact cloud coverage and rain forecast will change at least a little bit as we get closer. That forecast is by no means set in stone at this time.

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