Weather Blog: Wild ride ahead

Weather Blog: Wild ride ahead

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - We're approaching the bottom of what promises to be a wild temperature ride over the course of the next several days. We'll have a little bit of everything, from cold air and sunshine to Springlike warmth and thunderstorms. Let's dive into our busy forecast.

TODAY: Don't let the sunshine fool you. It's cold outside! Temperatures will only manage to get into the upper 40s to lower 50s from north to south. Once the sun goes down, temperatures will spiral into the upper 20s and lower 30s overnight. Chilly stuff.

Our updated drought monitor has a little more of a swiss cheese look to it. A few chunks of extreme drought have been knocked back a category, but the overall change is minimal statewide. 100% of Alabama still remains in some level of drought.

WARMING BACK UP: Friday is a transition day as temperatures start to moderate once again. Highs get into the upper 50s with sunshine and overnight lows don't fall much from there.

We'll be on the warm side of an approaching storm system Saturday. That means highs into the middle 70s as a few showers develop. Most of Saturday remains dry, however. The greatest rain chances are reserved for Sunday as a front bisects the state.

Stronger storms may fire in far west Alabama late Saturday night into early Sunday, but the overall threat of severe weather appears very low. The front will make for a remarkable separation in temperatures statewide. Temps in the upper 20s across extreme northwest Alabama will contrast middle and upper 70s across the southeast corner. That's about as extreme a difference as you'll see around these parts.

As the front pushes east, colder air again returns into early next week.

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