MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - We have been quiet across the state of Alabama over the past several days, some might even say too quiet for the first full week of April. Well, we are watching yet another cold front as it continues its journey closer to our area, but the impacts may not reach severe levels for everyone across central and southern portions of the state.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy skies have taken over, but we were still warm this afternoon. Temperatures will drop a bit throughout the overnight, but not too much; we wake up early Thursday morning somewhere in the low/mid 50s.
Overall, little has changed to our previous thoughts on the chance for showers and severe weather tonight. Convection is expected to help rain develop over the next couple of hours as the fronts move into western portions of Alabama... shower and thunderstorm activity is expected to move east along the boundary throughout our evening. Rain and storms look the clear our eastern counties by the early morning hours of Thursday.
So you probably have some questions:
1. Are stronger storms possible along the front as it pushes through the state? Yes. Very isolated thunderstorms embedded inside the front look to be our big issue tonight. The amount of moisture in the lower levels of the atmosphere is low, and so if the amount of instability. These are two things that will help combat the chance for stronger storms throughout the overnight, but it won't completely eliminate our chance.
2. Does it looks to be widespread enough to affect everyone? No. The Storm Prediction Center still keeps the bulk of the threat north of our viewing area, but it does include many central counties under a marginal risk for a storm or two. We will be watching.
A wind advisory is in effect for the vast majority of our viewing area until 10pm tonight. There will be a large pressure different between a strong area of high pressure and an approaching cold front that will make its way east throughout the night. With the advisory in place we will be watching for sustained winds near 15-25 mph with gusts upwards of 35+mph. So what does that mean for you? Well, if you are driving, make sure to take it slow and also secure any outdoor objects that could be tossed around.
Thursday and Beyond: If you are a heavy sleeper, you might go to bed tonight then wake up tomorrow and not even notice it rained for your area. Once the sun begins to the rise the front should be out of the state, meaning sunshine will be back in full force. Behind the frontal boundary is an area of cooler and drier air, so expect mostly sunny skies to last through the weekend along with some slightly cooler temperatures. Overnight lows could drop back into the upper 30s for some this weekend with the majority remaining in the low/mid 40s; afternoon highs will be comfortable, but slightly below average somewhere in the upper 60s and low 70s. It will be smooth sailing through the weekend, so all of your outdoor plans should be good to go.
Hope you get to go outside and enjoy it once the rain moves on out!