Region under upgraded "moderate" threat for severe weather today

First Alert: Big warm-up, then storms possible late weekend

First Alert: Big warm-up, then storms possible late weekend

Temperatures warm quickly by the middle of next week with highs back around the 80 degree mark. If the Gulf Coast storms are strong enough, it will just be rain in North Alabama.

Panovich said for now, there's about a 15-percent chance of severe weather in the Carolinas for Sunday, when the impacts will be felt across the region.

Much colder air will follow for the weekend.

SATURDAY: Morning showers and storms may be ongoing but it's still hard to tell how widespread the coverage will be. The storms will move northeast into IL overnight. Then, rain showers and more thunderstorms increase as we head into late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

TONIGHT: Storms will continue to track east through the area weakening as we head into the night. There is a slight risk northward into Tennessee. Through the afternoon, some isolated thunderstorms may develop around the Quad Cities area, likely non-severe.

The National Weather Service has expanded the enhanced risk for severe storms Friday to include all but Arkansas' northeast.

It looks like we will get a break from the rain by around midday on Saturday, but that is not necessarily good news. Some localized flooding is possible. "AT midweek on Wednesday we have a light rain back in the forecast, with showers over northern in that produce up to.25" of liquid. These kind of systems are very common here in April in Alabama; this is nothing really unusual or unprecedented.

Clearing should begin late evening or night with a sharp drop in temperatures by Sunday morning. We'll have drier conditions by Tuesday with cloudy skies. The main threats will be damaging winds in excess of 70 miles per hour and hail up to ping-pong ball. But that should be the last one of the season. South of I-70, we see nothing, and may even see some sunshine.

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