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FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Risk increases for severe weather Sunday

16 April 2018
FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Risk increases for severe weather Sunday

Sunday will be breezy with a gradually clearing sky.

Ample sunshine and milder weather will be back, but we'll have to wait a another day or two - don't expect seasonal temperatures until Tuesday.

"The day is not going to be pleasant", meteorologist Melissa DiSpigna of the National Weather Service's Upton office said.

Once the front moves through the area, skies will clear and temperatures will drop down into the 40s by Monday morning. We could see some of that rain turn over to snow flurries and showers during the overnight hours. A secondary cold front will slide through the region this evening which will bring another dose of cold air to the South Plains. Warm sunny spells will form inland, but isolated afternoon thundery showers are possible. The forecast is a bit challenging with still some variables regarding the time. We're gaining confidence in a fairly widespread soaking rain chance heading into next weekend and that might include next Saturday too.

"After the storms, we will have a cooldown". Most of the day will be dry for many, but in west/northwest Georgia, you'll need to be on alert for storms as early as Saturday afternoon. On Saturday, highs will be in the upper 70s but by Sunday, highs will only be around 60.

Conditions range from severe weather in the lower Mississippi River Valley and southeast to blizzard conditions in the Northern Plains and upper Midwest.

As we head through the evening, a line of strong to severe thunderstorms will track from west to east across the state.