Weather Blog: Let the warmup begin

Weather Blog: Let the warmup begin

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Now we're cooking with gas. The hourly temperature trends have been fascinating to watch this morning. At about 7am, temps were at 30 degrees in Montgomery. We warmed to 38 at 8am. Then 47 at 9am. Then 55 at 10am. We're warming in solid chunks after a stretch of very cold days this week. In fact, that 47 degree temperature at 9am was already on par with the HIGH temperature yesterday. We'll enjoy a pleasant afternoon not only today but again tomorrow before another cooldown awaits this weekend...

TODAY: I see no reason we all don't warm into the 60s this afternoon. Skies are clear and winds aren't quite as strong (another perk that will make today feel better).

Model data is pointing toward the middle 60s across the southern half of the state this afternoon with overnight lows hanging around the 40 degree mark. I'd expect a slight increase in cloud cover overnight but we're still dry.

FRIDAY: Tomorrow ends up being the warmest of the week as temperatures soar into the upper 60s to around 70 degrees. Partly cloudy skies persist as we get a fleeting moment to break out the shorts again. The word "fleeting" implies the warmth won't be sticking around.

We'll find ourselves located just outside the edge of colder air. But it returns heading into the weekend.

THIS WEEKEND: Temperatures Saturday will struggle to do much better than about 50 degrees. We'll have more sunshine, but it will again fail to keep us out of the freezer. Both Saturday and Sunday will stay completely dry before we look ahead to our next storm system.

That next system arrives Monday in the form of rain for central and south Alabama. Enough cold air could be present in a wedge setup across north Alabama for a wintry mix beginning late Sunday night before likely changing over to rain. We'll have to watch temps on the backside of that system for perhaps another changeover to show across far north Alabama. But our precipitation looks to be all liquid.

Those who want to get outside and enjoy a taste of Spring will want to do so today or tomorrow. Very little about this weekend looks Spring-like to me.