The pleasant early spring weather continues in our region thanks to high pressure parked right over Wisconsin. We should see clear to partly cloudy skies Friday night and Saturday. Lows could dip into the 10s with highs in the low to mid 40s. The wind will stay light from the north Friday night and from the north to northwest at 5 to 10 mph Saturday.
Sunday will turn warmer as gusty south winds push across the region. It should remain partly cloudy with lows near 20 and highs near 50. That is about 15 degrees above normal by the way.
It will get even warmer from Monday through Wednesday. In fact, near record high temperatures are possible in some cases, especially around Tuesday. Monday should bring a decent amount of sunshine along with lows near 34 and highs near 54 degrees. Despite a bit more cloud cover Tuesday, it will be a great day to get outdoors. Lows should be in the upper 30s with highs in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees. We will be in the warm sector of a vigorous low pressure system moving into the Northern Plains.
That storm system could spread a few light rain showers into our region late Tuesday night. There is a much higher chance of occasional rain showers Wednesday. It’s not out of the question that we will even have a few rumbles of thunder Wednesday afternoon. Now that would make it feel like spring for sure! The current data suggests that we could receive rain amounts in the.50 to .75 inch range through Wednesday evening.
Temperatures should top out in the mid 50s yet Wednesday. After that cooler air will filter in with highs dropping back to the lower 40s Thursday and maybe upper 30s to near 40 for next Friday. At this point it looks mainly dry and partly sunny late next week.
Some models hint at some active weather returning by March 14th or 15th, but we’ll just have to monitor the situation. It is still low confidence on how that will play out.
Have a nice weekend! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2:15 p.m., 5-March 2021
*On March 5th in weather history:
1962 - A tremendous storm raged along the Atlantic coast. The great Atlantic storm caused more than 200 million dollars property damage from Florida to New England. Winds along the Middle Atlantic Coast reached 70 mph raising forty foot waves, and as much as 33 inches of snow blanketed the mountains of Virginia. The Virginia shoreline was rearranged by historic tidal flooding caused by the combination of the long stretch of strong onshore winds and the Spring Tides. (David Ludlum)
1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the southeastern U.S. A strong (F-2) tornado killed one person and injured six others in Heard County GA. A strong (F-3) tornado injured 23 persons and caused more than five million dollars damage around Grantville GA. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)