**Updated at 3:40 PM**
Scattered showers and thunderstorms continue across North Alabama this afternoon. None of this initial activity is severe, but some heavy downpours and frequent cloud to ground lightning will be possible.
Keep in mind that these storms are not the main show for the day. Our main concern continues to be a line of storms developing along a cold front in central Arkansas right now. Instability (the fuel we need for storms) is starting to increase across Arkansas, west Tennessee, and northern Mississippi. It is this area that we will watch closely for additional storms to move into North Alabama between 5 PM and 10 PM. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been posted for areas to our west but no watches or warnings are currently in effect here in North Alabama. The storms we are seeing this afternoon could help limit the overall severe threat later. However, damaging winds and heavy rain remain possible through 10 PM tonight. The greatest concern for severe storms is west of I-65 where a Level 2 Slight risk remains in place.
Storms come to an end late this evening. Lingering light showers last through tomorrow morning before we dry out just a bit. Once the cold front passes through, we will see a big drop in temperatures! Highs will only reach the upper 60s Monday with mostly cloudy skies.
Models keep the cold front that moves through tonight to our south for much of the week ahead. Several pulses of energy will ride along this stalled front, setting the stage for off and on showers through early Thursday. The most widespread coverage of showers now looks to be Tuesday evening into early Wednesday. This could mean possible delays for the Trash Pandas home opener Tuesday night. We still expect the game to be completed but keep the umbrella nearby if you'll be at Toyota Field Tuesday.
Temperatures stay below normal through Thursday with highs near 70 and lows near 50. Sunshine and warmer temperatures return just in time for the upcoming weekend.