The sky will continue to clear out going into tonight, as low pressure which brought measurable rainfall earlier in the day continues to exit towards the Great Lakes. Winds have turned gusty behind this departing system, though the strongest gusts will quickly diminish after sunset. Tonight will be mostly clear, and by morning winds will be quite light, with lows near the freezing mark.
The final few days of the month will feature a warming trend. Monday will start off with some sunshine, but a quick moving low pressure system should track from Southern Canada towards Wisconsin into the afternoon. This will come close enough to our area not only to bring increasing clouds, but also a worthy mention of at least scattered showers in the afternoon. Temperatures out ahead of this system will rise into the mid 50's.
Tuesday looks to be a nice and mild day in the region. A weak area of high pressure will build across the Upper Midwest and winds look to be on the light side. Still, that strong late March sun will be able to guide temperatures above average, and I'm looking for highs to reach the upper 50's.
The start of April this year will come quite differently than last, when we had a trace of snow and highs only in the 30's. This go around it will certainly come with a true spring feel. Temperatures will have no problem climbing into the 60's with a developing southerly wind and stronger wind gusts. This will come with the approach of a healthy cold front to the west. The timing of this front will really carry some importance to our forecast, first with how warm we will get and second, the chance for showers and thunderstorms. If things were to come together in just the right way, we could even be talking about our first marginal severe weather threat of this spring season.. but for now it looks like a round of showers and some thunderstorms will move in by later afternoon and evening with the potential for some heavier rain. Something of course we will be watching over the next few days.
Once this front passes, things will quiet down and also cool down for the late week period. Thursday and Friday both look dry with highs falling from the 50's back into the 40's. The next weekend looks mainly dry, with near average temperatures.
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