LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Drew Williams
*SOME COOLING BUT TYPICAL TEMPERATURES FOR LATE APRIL*
A clear and mild start to the day, current temperatures are in the 30's and 40's across the region. A cold front to our northwest will be passing over the next few hours, leading to a breeze later today and a cooler but comfortable afternoon.
Though the current warmer pattern has peaked for now, we can still look forward to some nice spring weather in the coming days. The first of two cold fronts is sliding through this morning. This will shift winds to the north and they will increase into the afternoon. This will make it feel a bit cooler but it will remain dry with a partly to mostly sunny sky through the day. Highs will be in the low to mid 60's. The next high pressure system will arrive and be over the area Wednesday. This will bring another bright, sun-filled day with lighter winds. It will be just a few degrees cooler with afternoon highs in the upper 50's.
The next cold front will then arrive on Thursday. Out ahead of this front a brief return to southwest winds which will get temperatures rising back into the lower 60's. Clouds will increase and we could see at least a few scattered showers move through during the afternoon. Winds will then again shift but there will also be a lack of colder air behind this system, so not much of a difference going into Friday. The final day of the work week will come with a partly to mostly sunny sky and highs will still be close to 60.
Going into the weekend and early next week we look to see upper level ridging slide from the western U.S. to the east. Surface high pressure will also be over the area, while moving to our east. This set up will favor a nice warm up that will begin sometime over the weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday look great for anything outdoors, with more sunshine as temperatures rise through the 60's. Currently it appears next Monday could be the warmest of this next stretch with a front to our west and broad southwest flow coming up into the region. This would allow for above average temperatures and we look to be reaching into the 70's. Chances for rain will then increase along with a cool down going into the middle of next week.