Get ready for a long stretch of rather cloudy and wet conditions across the region. A storm system centered out toward Colorado and Nebraska is gradually heading our way. A warm front out ahead of it is sparking some scattered showers and thunderstorms. They will mostly push north of Highway 10 by late evening. There is a small chance that a few of them could contain hail and gusty winds. Otherwise it will be mild with lows around 53 with southeast winds of 5-10 mph.
The brunt of the rain for a good part of Wednesday should be out in Iowa, Minnesota, far northwest Wisconsin, and Upper Michigan. It should be mostly cloudy around here with highs in the upper 60s. Winds will be southeast around 10 mph. There is a 40% chance of some showers popping up Wednesday afternoon. Then we have a high chance of rain Wednesday night into Thursday as the low pressure system gets closer.
This will be an awfully slow moving weather system. Therefore, you can expect occasional rain showers Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! The rain totals from now through then will probably end up between 1 and 2 inches in much of our area with localized higher totals possible. There will also be a gradual cooling trend. The highs Thursday should be near 63, then drop to 58 Friday, 55 Saturday, and 53 Sunday. Lows will be in the lower 50s yet Thursday then fall to the mid to low 40s after that.
Yet another low pressure system is now projected to spin into Wisconsin next Monday and Tuesday bringing more rain chances. We can't rule out some snowflakes mixing in for a few locations at night into the mornings when it is cooler. While highs could sneak up to 55 next Monday, it may cool to 51 by Tuesday. Well, I guess the skies will be trying to make up for that moisture deficit we have had the past few weeks.
Have a good evening! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 3:30 p.m., 6-April 2021
*On this date in weather history:
1983 - The temperature at Denver, CO, dipped to a record cold seven degrees above zero. (The Weather Channel)
1988 - A powerful storm produced wind gusts to 75 mph around Chicago, IL, and wind gusts to 92 mph at Goshen IN. The high winds created twenty-five foot waves on Lake Michigan. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)