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Unsettled weather will be the rule the next several days as a large low pressure system slowly wobbles across our area. It will also turn cooler.

We should have occasional showers and thunderstorms in the area Wednesday night. A few may contain small hail or gusty winds in the evening, and of course some localized heavy downpours. Lows should reach the mid 50s with southeast winds of 5-10 mph. Thursday will bring lots of clouds along with occasional showers. There could be a thunderstorm in a few spots as well. Temperatures should climb to the mid 60s generally with southeast winds around 10 mph.

Friday is looking dreary with periods of light rain over Wisconsin. Lows will be in the upper 40s with highs in the upper 50s.

The situation for the weekend is more uncertain. Some weather models keep the News 9 area mostly dry. Other models push a solid band of rain across about the eastern two-thirds of Wisconsin Saturday afternoon and evening as low pressure slides to the southeast of Wisconsin. It is too early to say for sure which is more likely. At this point, just keep in mind there is a chance for some showers Saturday afternoon and night, but the area could shift. It will be relatively seasonal with lows in the low 40s this weekend along with highs in the mid to upper 50s. There is just a small chance of isolated light showers Sunday.

A new weather system will push into our region Monday afternoon into Tuesday bringing likely scattered rain showers again. If it gets cool enough, a few snowflakes could mix in late Monday night into Tuesday morning. Otherwise, the highs should stay in the mid 50s Monday but drop to about 49 Tuesday.

We do expect a drier spell to move in by next Wednesday and last several days.

Have a nice evening! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2:15 p.m., 7-April 2021

*On this date in weather history:

1857 - A late season freeze brought snow to every state in the Union. Even as far south as Houston TX the mercury plunged to 21 degrees. (David Ludlum)

1987 - International Falls, MN, with record warm afternoon high of 71 degrees, was warmer than Miami FL, where the high was a record cool 66 degrees. (The National Weather Summary)

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Tony Schumacher

Lead Evening Meteorologist at WAOW-TV and Chief Meteorologist / Owner of Great Lakes Weather Service, LLC. A Wisconsin native with nearly 30 years experience in weather forecasting and broadcast.

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