Wes: Very cold start to Easter followed by big warm-up

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The sky is finally clearing out tonight and the temperatures are on the fall. I’m expecting lows in the 40s and even upper 30s in a few spots to the north. A light wind will continue to so this should prevent any major frost development in the early morning. If you live in a sheltered valley to the far northwest (Marion, Lamar or Marion County), you may way to play it safe and cover the plants. We will have a beautiful sunrise at 6:10 a.m., with the sky remaining sunny throughout the day. We will have a lighter west wind by the afternoon, with highs in the 70s.

A BIG WARM-UP NEXT WEEK: The story for the start of next week will be chilly mornings followed by a temperature rise into the 80s during the afternoon hours. We will enjoy mostly sunny weather for Monday and Tuesday, with a few more clouds entering the mix for Wednesday.

FIRST ALERT FOR RAIN AND STORMS ON THURSDAY: We will be keeping an eye on Thursday for the next big chance of rain as a low pressure system tracks across the state. Right now the instability looks very limited, so for now we’re not too concerned about a major severe threat. I would plan on a good chance of rain and scattered storms starting Thursday afternoon and continuing Thursday night and into the day on Friday. Some data is keeping next Saturday dry; however, we will keep a small chance of rain in the forecast due to a trailing cold front. I will share more specifics on this system in my forecast starting at 9 p.m. on WBRC FOX6.

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