Friday Afternoon Forecast Update – 3:30 PM

I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday! It’s Good Friday, which means it’s time to plant your garden. I know a lot of folks follow that date strong around here as to when to plant your spring garden. The good news is that we will not see anymore freeze or frost until the late fall.

Easter weekend is looking great for outdoor activities. It will be rather hot during the afternoon hours, but we are not expecting any organized rain. A stray 10 minute shower or storm will be possible during the mid afternoon hours through the weekend, but the chance of your seeing a drop of rain is about 5 to 10%, which is very low! A ridge of high pressure will be centered over the southeastern US over the weekend, which will cap off the atmosphere from convection developing. Temperatures over the weekend and early next week will easily reach 85 degrees. We’ll have periods of sun and clouds each day, with more sun than clouds on Saturday and Sunday.

Severe weather on Wednesday? The ridge that is blocking storm-systems from reachingAlabamanow will weaken early next week. This will allow for a strong trough to dig out west and progress eastward. The first round of severe will take place Monday night and on Tuesday to the west ofAlabama. That system will weaken and lift north. The next storm-system will be a little more progressive and move intoAlabamaon Wednesday. The dynamics are looking impressive, as well as the shear and instability. A strong surface low should get organized and drag a cold front through here sometime on Wednesday. If the front comes through late Wednesday evening, then the chance of tornadoes increases, as the instability really gets cranking during the afternoon heating hours. As we all know, a storm system 5 days out could change, so stay tuned for updates as we get a bit closer.

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott