MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - While the approaching weekend will technically be shared by Winter and Spring (Winter Saturday, Spring Sunday), it's still safe to call this our first weekend of Spring. Spring-breakers and casual beach-goers will be flocking southward to celebrate the occasion. In terms of the forecast, it looks wet to start and cool to close. Not ideal beach weather but certainly not the worst either. Let's talk weather...
TODAY: A wave of rain has already moved eastward through the region this morning. We're now in between rounds of rain. In fact, the sun is shining now that the first wave has exited. The current snapshot is very similar to how things unfolded yesterday. Organized thunderstorms are located just offshore coastal communities. That will buy us through at least the afternoon before we worry about the next round developing.
Again like yesterday, additional showers and storms should affect the area by late afternoon into the evening. Unlike yesterday, the threat for large hail and damaging winds isn't significant. That being said, the whole sunshine deal right now could still be enough for a few borderline severe cells, particularly across south Alabama where a Marginal risk is in place. There's no instability to work with at the moment, so we'll have to see how much help the sun will provide in that department.
Expect highs to climb into the 70s today. Also expect to get soaked if you're at the beach.
SPEAKING OF THE BEACH...This wet weather isn't going anywhere tomorrow. Saturday will be another day where scattered storms keep folks off the beach from time to time.
It won't rain all day, so you'll have windows where the rain holds off for a bit. But keep an eye to the sky.
The weather clears out Sunday as the final push of energy departs, allowing sunshine to return as cooler air settles in. Indeed, it won't be the warmest start to Spring. But the sunshine will be enough to allow beach-goers an opportunity to not have to worry about getting wet.
Highs Sunday here in central Alabama will struggle to do much better than 60 and will fall into frost territory Sunday night/Monday morning. We'll start another warming trend into next week.