MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Seeing something new across the area this morning...clouds. It's been awhile since we've had anything but bright blue skies. A cold front will approach the region later tonight spreading a narrow line of rain/storms through the area. Seldom do we get a cold front in April that does NOT threaten with severe weather. While this one appears rather tame, there's still enough going on to talk about...
TODAY: Any sunshine today is likely to be filtered by a thickening cloud deck. The cold front itself is still a good ways to our northwest this morning, but it's steadily heading our way. Expect highs to top out in the middle 70s this afternoon with only a very slim shot at a passing shower late. Worth noting...a tightening gradient will produce strong winds into the afternoon. Expect winds to gust to 30-35 mph at times, so keep both hands on the wheel.
The main event will come in the form of a (likely) broken line of rain and storms later tonight. Futureview brings the line into the Montgomery area around 10pm, give or take. It will quickly race southeastward and should exit the Wiregrass after 1 a.m.
The Storm Prediction Center has elected to upgrade the northern half of Alabama to a Slight risk with much of the rest of the state falling under the lesser Marginal assessment. It's tough to envision much of a severe weather threat, but I do think the overall setup has enough going for it for gusty thunderstorms with at least some chance for a Warning or two. Instability remains meager with dew points struggling to ever make it to 60 degrees. But sufficient wind shear & dry/cooler air aloft could be enough for a marginal gusty wind/hail threat. It's difficult to imagine much more than very isolated issues from this line, of which should be weakening further with southward extent. We'll certainly be keeping an eye on trends, but our overall level of concern is low.
LOOKING AHEAD: We'll get into another stretch of sunny days starting Thursday and lasting through the weekend. But it will be noticeably cooler behind the cold front, especially Friday and Saturday where it will be a struggle to even make it to 70 degrees. Overnight lows could dip briefly into the upper 30s during that stretch.