A colder air mass continues to settle into our area this afternoon with a gusty north wind. The northerly flow will continue tonight and this will help set the stage for the coldest night of the week with many areas dropping into the mid to upper 30s. It is possible some of our northerly locations could have frost on the rooftops at sunrise. The sky will also be mostly clear tonight so we will have a clear view of a bright full moon that will rise at 7:33 PM. Our Easter morning twilight time will begin at 6:05 with a sunrise at 6:30 AM. Tomorrow is going to be another fantastic day with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s.
STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS ON MONDAY? The pattern will remain active as another round of rain and storms will impact the area again on Monday. It is possible we could see some wet weather around here as early as midnight tomorrow night. A warmer-moist air mass will be returning to the state and this will help fuel a good chance for rain and thunderstorms. It is possible the atmosphere will be unstable enough to support a few strong to severe storms Monday afternoon, especially over southern and western portions of our state. Once again we will have to watch out for storms capable of producing large hail and damaging straight-line winds. The Storm Prediction Center already has our far western counties in a marginal risk for severe weather on Monday.
We will be in a summer-like environment for the remainder of the work-week with highs in the 80s and scattered storms each day. Your best time for avoiding any wet weather on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be during the first half of the day as the scattered storms and showers will be developing during the peak heating of the day.
RAIN CHANCES INCREASE AGAIN ON FRIDAY: We will be monitoring another late week rain and storm setup as a cold front will be arriving late on Friday. One of our longer range models suggests this system may produce some stronger storms while other data shows a weaker system that may end up stalling across the state. We will checking out some of the newer data this evening and fine tuning our extended forecast for the news at 9 PM. I’ll have the latest for you tonight on Fox6.
TUSCALOOSA WEATHER VISIT: You are invited to join me for a special severe weather safety presentation at the Wynn Center at Stillman College on Monday. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. and we will conclude with a questions and answers session. I hope to see you there!
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt