LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Drew Williams
A little bit of sunshine and some warmer temperatures today and we'll see more on the same to start the weekend. Having said that, it will remain below average for the next few days and wet weather returns to start the month of May. A rather flat upper trough will generally preside over our part of the country with a cold high pressure system to the north in Canada through the weekend. At least the weather looks dry for the final two days of April, considering we are running near two inches above normal rainfall for the month.
After sunny skies early today, we've seen the return of a few scattered clouds this afternoon. Winds have been lighter as temperatures have reached the mid and upper 40's. This will still be more than ten degrees below average, but it will certainly feel better than what we dealt with out there yesterday! More nice weather heading into Saturday with a mostly sunny sky and highs in the mid 50's, though a breeze will again develop from the north.
Unfortunately those improvements will come to an end at that point, with another storm heading our way from the south. This will be a large system that will develop in the Southern Plains, tracking up to the north and into the region Sunday and Monday. We will be on the colder side of the track, meaning winds will remain from the northeast and north. This will lead to a chilly rain for the area, beginning on Sunday. It's possible even a bit of wet snow mixes in for some places, but highs are expected to be in the mid 40's so it would be minimal at this point. In addition to the chill and rain, winds will strengthen up from the east and northeast, making it that much more miserable.
The latest forecast track takes the storm over Wisconsin into 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. Total rainfall from this system could exceed an inch. 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.
After some lingering rain or snow into Tuesday, 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.
Have a great evening and weekend!