Monday, March 20 Afternoon Forecast Discussion

Lots of sunshine as we officially welcomed in Spring a little earlier this morning. Temperatures have already climbed to at least tie the warmest of the year so far with us likely breaking that before the afternoon ends. We will see a warm night tonight as we drop into the upper 50s with clear to mostly clear skies.

Ample sunshine for our Tuesday coupled with strong southwest winds will allow temperatures to make it to the upper 80s easily through the afternoon hours. It would not surprise me, base on how we have warmed today and what is expected tomorrow, that a couple spots in Mississippi may be able to make it to 90. If Key Field can do it, it would be our earliest ever 90 degree day, breaking the old record by three days. While 90 is unlikely, it is not impossible tomorrow.

A weak cold front drops through the area on Wednesday to knock highs back to seasonably warm readings in the upper 70s for Wednesday and Thursday. We return to 80 for Friday with some isolated showers possible ahead of our next system.

A cold front will arrive in the area early Saturday morning and bring showers and storms with it. Right now, it looks like a squall line will move through the area prior to lunchtime with some leftover showers for the back half of the day. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined us for a risk of severe weather with this system, but details are too far out to pinpoint. It is something we are watching very closely. Behind the front, we return to the lower 80s on Sunday and middle 80s next Monday.