Weather Blog: Wonderful weekend awaits

Weather Blog: Wonderful weekend awaits

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - You wouldn't know if from the cool and cloudy look of things this morning. But there's a lot of warm sunshine headed our way. In fact, the blanket of overcast in place right now likely only has a few more hours of life before skies start clearing out. While today won't be quite "warm", there's plenty of warmer air to go around in our 7-Day forecast.

TODAY: Temps and dew points aren't all that far off this morning and cloud cover remains fairly widespread. This is a battle we fight rather often after a storm system departs. Models struggle with timing the eventual return of clear skies. For some, that process will begin later morning. For others it will take until later this afternoon for the atmosphere to mix out and cloud cover to melt away. Regardless, once it happens we'll be locked in a mainly clear patter for the next several days. Where sunshine breaks out early vs. later, highs will climb into the lower 60s. For others where the process takes until afternoon, temps may struggle to climb out of the 50s.

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday & Sunday will both feature abundant sunshine as highs flirt with 70 tomorrow and into the lower 70s Sunday. Any and all outdoor activities will be picture perfect!

NEXT WEEK: A pattern shift will be underway next week as warmer air continues to surge into Alabama. A developing somewhat stagnant active pattern will emerge to our west, allowing thunderstorms and heavy rain to blossom west of Alabama. We'll be out ahead of it for the first part of the week as a ridge supports a solid taste of Spring-like warmth.

Severe weather and flooding become a concern within that zone of active weather west of us. Eventually, that axis of rain will translate eastward later on in the week. A slower progression of this will mean a longer stretch of warm/dry conditions. Models don't seem to be overly aggressive in pressing that rain eastward very fast, so it appears we're dry through at least Wednesday. But once that axis of moisture slides on in we'll be in store for a much wetter period perhaps late in the week. This is likely to be a changeable forecast (particularly considering we're still a good ways out), so we'll make any necessary adjustments as models get a better grasp on things.

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