FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Cloudy skies Tuesday with gusty winds ahead of cold front

FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Cloudy skies Tuesday with gusty winds ahead of cold front

(WAFF) - Tuesday's skies will be mostly cloudy today and the wind will steadily increase. Temperatures will remain mild for the morning with many still in the upper 50s to lower 60s and winds are at 5-10 mph. As we head towards the lunch hour, winds should be sustained at 10-15 mph with higher gusts with temperatures pushing into the lower 70s by the afternoon.

By Tuesday evening, the winds will be stronger and a wind advisory is in effect all of the Valley except Marshall and DeKalb Counties. Sustained winds could be close to 20 mph with gusts as high as 30-40 mph. These strong winds will continue through the night.

A cold front will produce strong-to-severe thunderstorms to our west Tuesday 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. Wednesday and spread east through the morning hours. Heavy rain can be expected and wind gusts up to 45 mph are possible. You could 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-to-mid 60s with lows dipping to around 40.