DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — We are feeling warm and humid to start off the day once again, with temperatures in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees. Rain so far has been few and far between, with only isolated spots of drizzle/light rain moving through across portions of the region. As we go through the remainder of the morning, we can expect overcast skies for the most part with only a very isolated chance for a shower or two.

Rain chances will start to increase significantly as we go into the afternoon hours thanks to southerly flow from the Gulf as well as the heating of the day with some breaks in the clouds. These combined will allow scattered showers and storms to develop and move across the region. Some storms will have the potential to become strong to marginally severe with damaging winds as the main threat. However, a brief tornado or two is not out of the question either. With these things in mind, make sure that you’re paying attention to the weather today and that you have a way to receive warnings should any come out! Temperatures will be very warm once again in spite of the increased rain chances as most locations reach the upper 70s to near 80 degrees for highs.

Shower and storm activity will likely decrease a little bit for the overnight hours. With a very warm and humid airmass still in place, we’ll see our lows only drop down to the upper 60s much like this morning.

The cold front responsible for triggering this unsettled weather is then expected to push southeastward, stalling just north of our area on Thursday. This will provide the setup for scattered showers and storms during the second half of the day once again, some of which could be strong to briefly severe with damaging winds and an isolated spin-up tornado possible. Well above average temperatures will continue despite the increased cloud cover and areal extent of rain, with most locations topping out in the upper 70s to near the 80 degree mark.

NEW YEAR’S EVE/NEW YEAR’S DAY FORECAST: The aforementioned front is expected to lift back to the north as we close out 2021 and ring in 2022, keeping us in a warm and humid airmass with southerly winds bringing in Gulf moisture. Thus, we’ll keep the chance for showers in the forecast for both days, albeit a little lower than Wednesday and Thursday at around 30-40%. Temperature-wise, we’ll see morning lows in the upper 60s and afternoon highs right around 80.

Our focus then shifts to a second and likely stronger cold front Saturday night into Sunday morning. This system will likely bring another chance for severe weather with it as it moves through the Tri-State during this timeframe, likely in the form of a squall line with damaging straight-line winds and embedded tornadoes as the main threats. Of course, with this system being days out, the timing of it and the magnitude of specific threats could change, so make sure to check back later for updates! With the front likely coming through early on in the day, we’ll likely reach our high in the low 70s then before we drop off quite a bit post-front during the afternoon hours.

Much cooler and drier air will then filter in behind this system for Monday and Tuesday of next week, returning us to sunny skies and more seasonable temperatures. Expect to begin both days near the freezing mark in the low 30s and reach the 50s for highs.