MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Clouds took over our skies Wednesday and they look to stay in place tonight, tomorrow and into the weekend. It's all due to a cold front passing through the state this evening. The front is likely to stall tonight and remain over the area for the next coming days, causing elevated rain chances to the area. Where the front stalls is key to rain coverage across central and southern Alabama. Odds of rainfall are higher in south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
TONIGHT: Dry air aloft will mix down behind the front, dropping dew points into the 30s and 40s by tonight. Rain will be hard to develop for most of the area, but we'll keep a 10% chance for a few light showers in southern Alabama. For most (if not all), expect cloudy skies with tolerable temperatures in the mid 50s.
TOMORROW: Rain chances increase tomorrow along the stalled front. Right now we have placed POP's at 20% with the expectation of rain for mainly south Alabama. A few rouge isolated showers may make it up to central Alabama. If any due rain intensity will be light due to limited moisture. Highs tomorrow are likely to reach into the mid to upper 70s. Of course any shower development will effect daytime high temperatures. The stalled front along with upper level disturbances will keep rain chances elevated through the night. Don't expect constant rain through the night but there could eb several rounds of rain that could be heavy at times. So be sure to wear green tomorrow for St. Patrick's Day but also have an umbrellas close by. Nighttime lows will once again drop into the mid 50s.
FRIDAY & THE WEEKEND: Rain chances will remain elevated into the weekend. As we close out the week Friday and head into Saturday we'll see a rise in instability and shear, increasing our thunderstorm chances. Through much of the day Friday cloud cover will flux between partly to mostly cloudy with a few scattered showers possible (mainly during the afternoon). There's some indication some storms could be strong but it's highly dependent on the track of the surface low associated with the front. As for right now that track has stronger storm development over the Florida Panhandle, limiting any strong thunderstorm development over south and southeast Alabama counties.
Rain activity will linger through Saturday evening and by Saturday night activity will be to our east over Georgia by midnight. Cooler air will fill in behind the front making Sunday the coolest day within the next 7 days. Highs will be in the low 60s with overnight lows in the upper 30s for most. A surface high will build in late Sunday ensuring a sunny start to next week as temperatures begin a warming trend. By Wednesday of next wee temperatures will be back into the upper 70s.