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Wet conditions will continue at times through late Friday night in Wisconsin thanks to a rather slow moving low pressure system that will track north across Wisconsin. Thankfully, we will not get any severe weather from it but mainly just periods of light rain and drizzle. An additional .25 to .50 inch is expected in many spots. It will be somewhat cooler as well.

Lows will be in the upper 40s Thursday night with southeast winds of 5 to 10 mph. With the dreary and damp skies Friday, the highs should stay in the upper 50s. Winds will be out of the south to southeast at 5-13 mph.

For the weekend, the news isn't all too bad. It appears the main chance of rain Saturday into early Sunday will occur over far eastern Wisconsin and points east. However, there still is a small chance of some spotty light rain or sprinkles in our area according to one model. There could also be a few patches of sunshine mixed in with the clouds from time to time.

Highs this weekend should be in the mid to upper 50s. Lows should be around 42 Saturday morning and 37 degrees Sunday morning. So overall, it looks like a typical April weekend. Of course, it won’t be as balmy as last weekend.

The next weather system will push into Wisconsin from the Northern Plains Monday into Tuesday. It doesn’t have a ton of moisture to work with, but it could still trigger some scattered rain showers. In fact, it could get cool enough to see some snow mix in late Monday night and Tuesday. Highs will reach the mid 50s Monday but stay in the mid to upper 40s Tuesday!

Some flurries could linger into early Wednesday especially in northern Wisconsin. Then partly sunny skies should bring out. It will be breezy and cool with highs staying in the upper 40s. Thursday is expected to bring more sunshine with highs sneaking up to the low 50s. The slow warming trend should persist into the weekend of the 17th, although some frosty nights may linger.

Have a good evening! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 1:35 p.m., 8-April 2021

*On this date in weather history:

1919 - A tornado swarm in northern Texas resulted in the deaths of 64 persons. (David Ludlum)

1973 - A severe storm brought high winds and heavy snow to Iowa. Belle Plain received 20 inches of snow, and 19 inches blanketed Dubuque, record totals for both locations for so late in the season. Snow drifts up to sixteen feet high closed highways. (David Ludlum)

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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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