Amanda: Cooler temperatures tonight, warming up through the weekend

Updated: Apr. 6, 2017 at 6:51 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Severe thunderstorms are long gone, but we are now getting official word on a few confirmed tornadoes that happened yesterday. An EF-2 formed along the Barbour/Henry County line and moved into Georgia early Wednesday afternoon while an EF-1 touched down in Chambers County later that night. As we continue to get more information in on damage, we will make sure to pass that along to you.

Besides the storms reports, we are focusing on the cooler than normal temperatures we felt today; highs in Montgomery only climbed into the upper 60s with a consist breeze noticeable throughout the entire day... that is just 24 hours after we were muggy and in the 80s. We may see a few cool nights ahead, but we will warm things back up to more seasonable conditions by the weekend.

Tonight: The gusty wind from this afternoon will diminish after sunset, but still remain in the 10-20 mph range through the first half of the evening, falling to roughly 5-10 mph after midnight. Overnight lows are chilly in the 40s under a mostly clear sky.

Fri-yay!: Surface winds will increase again on Friday, but they will not be as strong as they were on Thursday, so another wind advisory will likely not be issued. Temperatures will be warmer on Friday, but still below normal for this time of year (average is roughly somewhere in the mid 70s). The center of an area of high pressure will build over our neck of the woods by later in the afternoon on Friday; this will allow for maximum cooling of the temperatures for the overnight and a decrease in the overall winds. Since our air mass will be considerably drier than it has been, some radiational cooling will likely knocked our Saturday morning lows down into the low 40s with some upper 30s possible.


Weekend Warm-Up: After a chilly start, temperatures will start to get warmer as we head through the day on Saturday and Sunday. Highs climb into the 70s for the first half of the weekend. Winds will switch to become more southerly Saturday night - that means milder temperatures during the evening and a noticeable different in afternoon temperatures by the end of the weekend; many will find their way make to more seasonable averages in the 70s by Sunday.