LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Drew Williams
The second half of the weekend will feature chilly temperatures, strong winds and rain showers. It will remain cool and wet for the next couple of days but there are improvements in the forecast. Sunshine and warmer temperatures will return to the area later this week.
A large and powerful spring storm we've been talking about for several days will finally begin to arrive in the area today. This system has been developing in the Southern Plains and will ultimately track into Wisconsin today and Monday. The center of the low will likely pass right over us leaving the coldest part of this storm just to our north. It will still be chilly today and Monday. Highs today will be about 20 degrees below average topping out in the low to mid 40's for most locations. Winds will be strong today and tomorrow as well. Expect winds from the northeast around 10 to 15 miles per hour with gusts as much as 20 to 25. There may be a few scattered showers early in the day but our best chance at seeing rain will be in the afternoon and evening.
The heaviest rain will fall during the overnight hours. Some minor flooding may occur but much of the region could see an inch or more of rain through Monday. The severe threat is lo with this event but a few rumbles of thunder can't be ruled out. As temperatures cool overnight plus with the placement of the cold sector of this storm just to our north and west there will likely bee some snow for parts of Minnesota and the northern counties in Wisconsin. Low temperatures to night will be in the 30's and low 40's.
The latest forecast track takes the center of this storm over Wisconsin Monday. Though there will be a chilly air mass in place, this still looks to be predominantly a cold rain event. After the potential for some heavier rainfall at night, it looks to wind down some as we head into the first day of May. It will remain wet and there could also be some wet snow at times as winds begin to shift more to the north and northwest. Highs look to again be in the mid 40's. What's left of this storm will then exit north into Canada, leading to the return of drier weather into the middle of next week.
A few lingering rain showers are possible Tuesday but Wednesday should offer some improvements with a mix of sun and clouds expected with highs both days returning to the 50's. Continued warming and even some sunshine is expected by the end of the work week and next weekend. Highs should return to the mid 60's by this time next week.
Have a great day, stay warm and dry!