DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Temperatures are once again in the upper 30s to near 40 to begin your Friday morning, so make sure to put on a heavy jacket or coat before you head out and about! As we go through the next couple hours, you’ll likely be able to shed any extra layers that you put on, as we can expect to warm up gradually thanks to plentiful sunshine.
Temperatures will continue to climb during the afternoon hours with sunshine remaining in spades. We’ll eventually reach the low to mid 60s much like yesterday for our highs.
Cloud cover will then start to increase as we head into the evening and overnight hours out ahead of our next weather system. This won’t have much of an effect on our temperatures, as we’ll cool down to right around 40 degrees much like this morning to start off the day tomorrow.
The first half of Saturday looks to stay pretty uneventful, as we’ll see partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures warming once again into the mid 60s by the afternoon. Things look to become more active though beyond that thanks to an approaching low pressure system. This low will bring with it plenty of moisture and a good forcing mechanism to develop scattered showers starting in the mid to late afternoon. Rain chances look to go up considerably from there for the evening and overnight hours as the center of the low pushes through our area. A few embedded thunderstorms will also be possible with this system, but they are expected to remain below severe limits for now since the more warm and unstable air for them to become more organized looks to remain just to our south in coastal parts of the Florida Panhandle, where a Marginal (level 1/5) risk for severe weather will exist. We will continue to keep a close eye though on any storms that form regardless. Heavy rain looks to be a pretty good possibility with this system as well, with 1-2″ of rain expected.
We’ll start off relatively warm Sunday morning with rain chances gradually ending from west to east as the low tracks northeast out of the region. In its wake, we’ll see our winds pick up quite a bit and our temperatures start to drop as we go throughout the rest of the day. Our forecasted high of 55 therefore will likely occur sometime in the middle of the overnight period as the weather mentioned in the previous paragraph is still occurring, falling after that time. Additionally, with some moisture wrapping around on the backside of the low during the afternoon hours, we’ll see cloud cover remain in place and the possibility of a few flurries thanks to the aforementioned decrease in temperatures. Of course, these will not stick at all since we’ll still be above freezing. The influence of this low then looks to fully leave us behind by the evening.
Once this system is fully gone, we’ll see high pressure settle back in to kick off the new work week, keeping the cool conditions in place and returning us to mainly sunny skies for both Monday and Tuesday. Expect to start off both mornings near freezing and top out in the low to mid 50s.
We’ll warm back up to more seasonable levels by the middle of next week out ahead of our next potential front, which looks to bring us another chance for showers as it moves through the region during the late Wednesday-Thursday afternoon timeframe. Temperature-wise, we’ll still start off Wednesday cool in the mid 30s, but return to the low 60s by the afternoon. Thursday looks to start off a good bit warmer in the upper 40s with highs topping out once again in the 60s.