RIGHT NOW: After a mainly morning round of showers and storms, things are pretty quiet on the radar network out there this afternoon and evening:
Our temperatures have once again recovered from morning clouds and showers, and we find most spots in the lower 80s as of 6 PM ET:
I believe fog will be a factor for some late tonight and early Friday morning, so for those of you heading out to school and work, be on alert for that. Lows will stay very mild - in the 60s - for most everyone.
VERY WARM TEMPERATURES: We will be set up for some very warm temperatures over the next few days with highs in the mid to upper 80s on Friday and Saturday, with the potential of seeing a few 90s out there at some point. Friday should be a mostly sunny day for us, so if you have plans out and about, prepare for the warm and muggy weather! The latest high resolution computer model runs show a thunderstorm complex that will be fizzling out as it approaches the area Friday night, but we'll be on alert in case we have to introduce rain chances to our East Alabama counties late Friday.
Saturday looks like a partly cloudy and warm day, but look for a summer-like forecast in the afternoon and evening of pop up showers and storms.
UNSETTLED WEATHER RETURNS: Rain and stormy weather will stick with us at times through the weekend to the middle of next week - it will be hard to determine the exact placement or timing of rain very far in advance, but it appears that Sunday and Wednesday will feature the best overall coverage of rain. On any given day, however, we don't expect a washout as of right now. It would be a great opportunity for you to have that WTVM weather app handy so you can keep an eye on the showers and storms as you're on the go - you won't have to wait around for a newscast to get a radar check!
COOL-DOWN & NEXT WEEK: As we get rid of the rain chances next week, highs will take a step back in the upper 70s and lower 80s, and overnight lows will drop into the 50s. We should be able to get a decent supply of sunshine in here as we end the week, but we will have to watch things carefully in this kind of weather pattern since the extended part of the forecast can undergo some changes!
WEATHER RADIO WEDNESDAY: Our second to last weather radio programming event is coming your way in Lanett on Wednesday, May 4th. We will be at the Kroger there from 10 AM to 2 PM ET, so I hope you have a chance to come out and see us! Make sure you have a way to get watches and warnings at night - a way that isn't an outdoor warning siren! They are not reliable sources of weather information, and only meant to warn people who are outdoors.
STAY CONNECTED: Don't forget, you can get the latest forecast updates on Twitter & Facebook. The weather tab at WTVM.com has great weather information as well (including LIVE Doppler 9, a link to sign up for daily weather emails, and our ALFA Skycams). My personal Facebook page is also updated with the latest weather info and various thoughts and musings of mine!
Chief Meteorologist Derek Kinkade, WTVM / WXTX