Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Updated: 10:45 AM
Change is coming! After a stretch of dry and overall quiet days, rain showers will be back in the forecast for tonight and into Wednesday. A storm system is coming together out through the middle of the country and it will be providing us with the showers, mainly tonight. Mid and high level moisture in the form of clouds will continue to stream into the state, bringing a mostly cloudy sky, but any rain chances still look to hold off until late in the day (most likely the rain will hold off until evening, now). Temperatures will be cooler, but near average, with highs just above 50°. Showers should begin to develop by early evening with rain overspreading the entire area going into the night. This is when the steadiest rain will fall, and some will also be heavy. Winds will also be increasing from the east, turning gusty through the night and into early Wednesday as the storm tracks across Iowa. We will be on the cool side of the track, with an east and northeast flow keeping temperatures in the chilly 40s through the day Wednesday. Current timing has the steady rain exiting Wednesday morning, leaving us with clouds and drizzle. After all is said and done, this system is expected to fill our rain gauges with a good one to two inches.
We will then see some improvements heading into Thursday. A weak high pressure system will arrive, bringing drier air but it may be tough to get much sunshine to return. Clouds may try to mix with some sun at times, and it will become milder, with temperatures returning to the low 50s. A more confident rise is expected Friday, with southerly winds returning before the next cold front passes. It will be a mostly cloudy day, and a few showers may be around the area, but it will warm to near 60°. The milder air won't stay for long though, with temperatures dropping back into the lower 50s over the weekend, which currently looks mostly dry.
-Meteorologist Monica Ott