DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Expect partly cloudy skies to prevail for the most part as we go through the evening and overnight hours. A shower or two is not of the question as we get closer to daybreak with the influence of our next frontal system approaching. Our lows won’t be nearly as cold as previous nights thanks to a shift in our winds to the east, with most locations bottoming out near 50 degrees.
Our focus then turns to the aforementioned front as we go throughout the day on Sunday. Things look to stay quiet for the morning hours, but as we go into the afternoon, we’ll be watching for the potential for a few strong to severe storms that could develop in discrete cells out ahead of the main line. If these do develop like the high resolution models are suggesting, they will have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts and maybe even a brief tornado or two as they move through with the dynamics that we’ll have in place. The main line itself (which will be just ahead of the cold front) will then push in later on during the evening and into the early overnight hours. The severe threat with the line will be much lower since it will be moving through after dark, but a few strong wind gusts along its leading edge are not of the question. Thus, with all this in mind, the SPC has placed the entirety of our region under a Marginal (level 1/5) risk for severe weather tomorrow. The threat overall looks to be on the lower end much like previous events, but still make sure that you’re keeping an eye to the skies tomorrow and have a way to receive warnings should any come out! Temperatures will easily climb up to the mid 70s for highs with a warm and muggy airmass in place in advance of the front.
Much of the shower and storm activity will then exit our area just after midnight, with the cold front sweeping through overnight into early Monday morning. Lows will drop down to the low 50s after the front moves through. Also in its wake, we can anticipate clearing skies and temperatures to actually fall with cooler and drier air filtering back in. Thus, our official high of 62 for the day will likely occur during the overnight period prior to the front’s passage.
With a cooler and drier airmass settling back in, this will return us to slightly below average temperatures and sunny to mostly sunny skies for Tuesday and Wednesday. Both days will feature morning lows in the low to mid 30s followed by a warm up to the 50s.
Very nice weather looks to continue for Thursday and Friday as well, with a warm-up to more seasonable temperatures expected by that point. We’ll begin both mornings still in the 30s but rebound back to the 60s for afternoon highs.
Our next frontal system then looks to head our way by next Saturday. For now, it looks to only bring us the chance for a few showers and not much more. Temperatures will continue on their warming trend, with the majority of us starting out the day in the 40s and topping out in the mid to upper 60s.