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Typical May weather ahead

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Some rather pleasant weather continues across our area courtesy of high pressure in Illinois. It is gradually sliding away but will still bring us quiet conditions into Friday. It won’t be quite as cool Thursday night with lows from the upper 30s to low 40s for most spots. However it could drop to the mid 30s in low-lying areas with patchy light frost possible. A FROST ADVISORY has been posted for 2 AM to 7 AM FRIDAY for areas north of Marathon County. Winds will be light from the southwest to south.

Friday should be partly sunny. Temperatures will probably top out in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees, close to normal. Winds will be from the south to southwest around 10 mph. Get out there and enjoy those pleasant conditions!

A few weak disturbances will cross Wisconsin this weekend bringing partly or mostly cloudy skies. We can’t rule out some isolated light showers or sprinkles at times late Friday night and Saturday with an even smaller chance Sunday. However, most of the time will likely be dry. Low temperatures could drop to the low to mid 40s, with highs in the mid to upper 60s.

It does look promising for noticeably warmer weather to settle in next week as the air flows in from the southwest. Monday and Tuesday look partly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s along with highs around 72 on Monday and 74 beautiful degrees for Tuesday.

Wednesday will keep the summer-like theme going with highs in the mid 70s along with partly sunny skies. However, moisture and disturbances will begin encroaching from the Central and Southern Plains. As such there is a 20% chance of some scattered showers and thunderstorms Wednesday, although higher odds point toward Wednesday night.

The chance of showers and storms increases a bit for Thursday, but highs should return to the low to mid 70s with peeks of sunshine. There is not a whole lot of change even into the weekend of May 22nd. It looks balmy and unsettled. If nothing else that type of weather will give the crops, flowers, and trees a boost for growing!

Pollen Report: Tree pollen from Thursday morning (high - 179)

Have a good evening! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2:25 p.m., 13-May 2021

*On this date in weather history:

1930 - A man was killed when caught in an open field during a hailstorm northwest of Lubbock TX. It was the first, and perhaps the only, authentic death by hail in U.S. weather records. (David Ludlum)

1987 - A cold front brought an end to the early season warm spell in the north central U.S., but not before the temperature at Sioux City IA soared to a record warm 95 degrees. Strong southwesterly winds ahead of the cold front gusted to 52 mph at Marais MI. Evening thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail at Rockford MN, and wind gusts to 75 mph at Belmond IA. (Storm Data) (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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