Sunny and warm through Friday, watching weekend storms

Pat Batcheller		Lightning can strike from a thunderstorm miles away

A breezy south wind is transporting Gulf moisture into the region which will serve as the fuel for Friday's thunderstorms. What rain that does fall won't amount to much.

The clouds will not yield any rain and will likely clear out by Thursday afternoon, which means warm temperatures are a given, with mid-80s on tap for most areas.

The national forecaster said that heavy rain was set continue throughout the day and into the evening.

A good way to stay ahead of severe weather is by downloading the free KPLC weather app and setting up notifications to receive audible severe weather alerts while you are sleeping.

Storms dwindle Friday night.

THREATS: It seems like the main issue will come from strong straight-line winds, but some hail and an isolated tornado or two are not out of the question.




Right now, the storm prediction center places most of central and south Alabama under an enhanced risk, or level 3 out of 5, for severe storms for Saturday. This will bring rounds of showers and storms to Kentucky from Saturday into Sunday.

In the Upper Peninsula, where it's already been snowing, heavy snow is possible from there stretching down into Northern Lower Michigan.

A second line of storms will then fill in and move into the Piney Woods late Friday night as the actual surface cold front pushes into our area during the late night and overnight hours. These showers will slowly fade as they move eastward.

And while the storm is still a few days away, Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich is keeping an eye on what's happening in the Midwest. Sunday will start off nearly chilly with sun-up temperatures in the mid 40°s for the Red Stick. Expect cooler temperatures with weekend highs in the 50s and 60s.

NEXT WEEK: Most of the week looks dry, and Monday and Tuesday morning will be cold, with potential for lows in the 30s.

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