Well the sunny and mild days have been adding up lately but there is only one more sunny day left. Be sure to spend as much time outside Wednesday as you can. It won’t be as cool Tuesday night as it was the night before thanks to a steadier breeze blowing in milder air. Lows will hold in the mid 40s with fair skies. Wednesday will be partly cloudy and breezy with highs above normal, in the upper 60s to low 70s in the area. Winds will be from the south-southeast around 12-25 mph.
The south winds will continue to push mild air in for Thursday but it will be mainly cloudy as moisture streams in ahead of a developing powerful low pressure system in the Northern Plains. We expect rain to overspread our area by Thursday evening and linger into Friday. A few thunderstorms could mix in as well. Rain totals will be very generous again, on the order of .75 to 1.5 inches across the state. There should be a lull in precipitation Friday evening as a dry slot blows in behind a cold front.
Temperatures will climb to about 61 degrees by late morning Friday despite the rain. Enjoy that, because a surge of sharply colder air will move in Friday evening behind the cold front. It will be accompanied by gusty west winds to over 30 mph. It will stay blustery and cold then over the weekend with lots of clouds rotating around the low pressure system down into Wisconsin. We will likely have some occasional light snow and rain showers, most numerous over the northern half of the area. We can’t rule out a dusting to an inch of snow in some spots, especially on grassy surfaces. It will be a very chilly October weekend with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s and lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.
The storm system will weaken early next week and slowly move away. It will probably still keep us fairly cloudy Monday with maybe a few sprinkles and flurries. The high temperatures should stay in the low to mid 40s.
Another weak front will push through next Tuesday bringing with it a slight chance of some very light showers. Otherwise highs could inch upward to the mid to upper 40s. Things are trending nicer though heading toward the second half of next week with further warming and dry conditions.
Have a nice evening! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 3:20 p.m., 8-October 2019