(WMC) - It's Easter weekend and it's beginning on a lovely note, if you don't mind a little pollen. Sunshine and temperatures in the low-to-mid seventies will start the weekend here in the Mid-South. Unfortunately, a cold front will develop to our west and make its move into our area on Easter Sunday, but it's not all bad news.
Moisture in advance of the front will be limited, so don't expect a washout. However, it will be a good idea to get a jump on the plans for this special day and you may want to get the Easter egg hunt in before noon or the early afternoon at the latest.
Sunday morning, the front is expected to be working its way through central Arkansas, which will put it on track to move through the Mid-South late that afternoon. Despite the limited amount of moisture, there will likely be a few showers along and in advance of the front.
No severe weather is expected with this system, but there could be a few strikes of lightning and a some rumbles of thunder. Rainfall amounts should be less than a quarter of an inch. The front will move into the Mid-Atlantic states and towards the eastern seaboard by Monday morning, leaving dry air in its wake for the start of next week.
So, here's how your Easter weekend should play out: Saturday will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with afternoon highs in the low to mid seventies along with a southeast wind at five to ten miles per hour. Saturday night will be partly cloudy with overnight lows falling into the fifties and a light southeast wind. Sunrise on Easter Sunday will be at 6:53 a.m. with a partly cloudy sky and temperatures in the low-to-mid fifties. By 8 a.m., temperatures will be mid-to-upper fifties with gradually increasing clouds but mainly dry conditions with only a minimal chance for an isolated shower.
By midday, temperatures will warm into the upper sixties to lower seventies with a breezy southwest wind and a mostly cloudy sky. There could be a few showers in eastern Arkansas, but chances will still be slim. As we get into the afternoon, you can expect temperatures to still be in the lower seventies for most of the area, but more cloud cover is likely and there could be a few showers develop along the Mississippi River.
By late afternoon and into the evening, showers will be more likely to spread east into west Tennessee and northern Mississippi, and there will likely be scattered showers in the area by the evening hours with temperatures falling into the fifties and winds shifting to the north. The chance for rain will continue into the overnight hours, but we should be waking up to dry conditions Monday morning.
The pattern will be mild to start the week before our next chance for rain and thunderstorms returns Wednesday.
I suggest you have the WMC Action News 5 Storm Tracker app on your smart phone or iPad. This will give you access to an interactive radar, hour by hour forecast, and any severe weather or lightning alerts that may be issued for our area should stronger storms develop, although the threat is very low.
Have a happy and safe Easter weekend but get the Easter egg hunt in early.