MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Big changes to our weather aren't very far off today. While we eagerly await a turn toward cooler and less humid air, we're still having to contend with one final day of rain/storm chances. As a front slowly sags southward through the area, rain chances will vary depending on your location. Let's walk through today's rain threat and get into the good stuff for the rest of the week...
TODAY: A pair of diffuse frontal boundaries are noted on the surface map this morning. One is located near I-85 with what appears to be another near the Alabama/Florida border. A few showers have developed along the cold front riding the HWY 80-I-85 corridor and are racing eastward. This front will only slowly press southward through the day but will play an important role in rain chances. Areas behind the front are not likely to see much develop while areas along and ahead of the boundary are more likely to get wet through the afternoon.
With that in mind, northern neighborhoods don't see much more than an isolated shower/storm while south Alabama can expect more widespread activity to develop. So places like Selma, Prattville, Lake Martin & Alex City will have rain chances only around 30%. Andalusia, Enterprise & Dothan will be closer to 70-80 percent. Like the last few days, severe weather is unlikely but not impossible with the main threat falling across our southeast counties.
Gusty winds and small hail would be the main issues piggybacking on storms producing heavy rain and frequent lightning.
We'll start to dry out tonight as the front moves south out of the area. Cooler air will trickle in and many will wake up to temperatures in the 50s versus 60s tomorrow morning.
REST OF THE WEEK: Ample sunshine dominates on a cooler and less humid Wednesday. Another cold front attached to a vigorous upper trough will dive southward late Wednesday night. This could spark a broken line of showers after sundown tomorrow, but will quickly be gone as it races south. That boundary will offer a reinforcing shot of sparkling air with highs Thursday only warming into the lower and middle 70s. Overnight lows Thursday night will fall into the upper 40s in a few of our northernmost locations...which is pleasantly unusual for this late in the season.
Wednesday through Friday will be delightful with cool sunshine. We'll start to warm things back up to where they belong for early May by the weekend, but dry weather prevails.