REST OF TODAY AND TONIGHT: It has been an unseasonably warm Easter Sunday, with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the 80s this afternoon (about 10° above average). We are tracking more scattered storms and showers over Mississippi and I still can’t rule out a stray pop-up shower over West Alabama. Most areas will remain dry, with pleasantly warm temperatures this evening. High pressure to the east is making for a breezy afternoon and this southerly flow will continue tonight. It is possible we could see a shower or storm across far northwest areas during the early morning as a cold front approaches from the northwest. This front will stall before reaching us and it will help set the stage for an increase in the number of showers and thunderstorms for the start of the work-week.
FIRST ALERT FOR SCATTERED STORMS AND SHOWERS: The chance for scattered storms and showers will be on the increase for tomorrow and Tax Day. This will be a very summer-like setup, with morning low clouds giving way to sunshine and rising temperatures. The scattered storms and showers will be more likely during the peak heating of the day. I do think that the greater coverage tomorrow will be over west and northern areas. Highs tomorrow will be in the 80s, with overnight lows in the 60s. It is possible we could see one or two stronger storms with gusty winds and small hail. The chance for rain will drop off with temperatures back in the mid to upper 80s for Wednesday and Thursday.
FIRST ALERT FOR WEEKEND STORMS: A more dynamic storm system has the potential to bring some big changes next weekend. Long range data continues to advertise a strong upper level storm system pivoting across the region late Saturday. It is still early in the forecast stages, but this is the kind of system that could bring a more organized threat of strong to severe storms. I would plan on a possibility of scattered storms on Friday and then a possibility of heavier rain and storms for late Saturday. This system will be followed by some cooler weather so don’t put away the long sleeves just yet! I will have updates on where we could see rain tomorrow and the late week setup beginning at 9 p.m. on WBRC.
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist Wes Wyatt