Skies will be mostly cloudy today and the wind will steadily increase. Temperatures are mild this morning with many still in the upper 50s to lower 60s. As we head towards the lunch hour, winds should be sustained at 10-15 mph with higher gusts.
Highs will push into the lower 70s this afternoon. By this evening the winds will be stronger, and a wind advisory is in effect all of the Valley. Sustained winds could be close to 20 mph with gusts as high as 30-40 mph. Those strong winds continue through the night.
A cold front will produce strong/severe thunderstorms to our west today across sections of Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. That line of storms should be weakening, but will head towards the Valley Wednesday morning. The leading edge of the heaviest rain should move into the Shoals between 2-6 a.m. and spread east through the morning hours.
Heavy rain can be expected and wind gusts up to 45 mph are possible. You may hear a few rumbles of thunder, but the stronger storms should be closer to the Gulf coast. Many will see 2-3” of rain, and localized flash flooding could develop. The rain should end by the late afternoon or evening, and temperatures will fall into the mid 40s overnight as skies begin to clear.
We’ll be cooler to end the work week, but skies will be sunny. Highs should stay in the low/mid 60s with lows dipping to around 40. A secondary cold front moves into the Valley late Friday into Saturday. I don’t think there will be much moisture for this system to work with, so I’m keeping the forecast dry for now. This front will bring a re-enforcing shot of cold air, and highs will likely stay in the 50s Saturday through Monday. Lows may drop below freezing once again this weekend.
-Meteorologist David Ernst