The clear blue skies Tuesday were wonderful and we will get to enjoy very pleasant conditions yet for Wednesday. Changes are lurking down the road though. First of all, it will be clear to partly cloudy Tuesday night with light winds and lows dropping to the mid 30s. Wednesday will be partly cloudy, breezy, and mild with highs mostly in the upper 60s. Several spots will likely touch 70. Winds will be from the southwest at 10-20 mph.
A weak cold front will push into our region late Wednesday night into Thursday morning producing a good chance of some scattered light rain showers. Temperatures will start in the mid 40s Thursday morning then top out in the mid 60s in the afternoon. The clouds should mix with some sunshine during the afternoon.
A second cold front will move through by Friday morning. No precipitation is expected with that one, but the north winds behind it will keep us cooler. Highs will stay in the mid to upper 50s Friday, despite a good amount of sunshine.
Unfortunately the first half of the weekend doesn’t look very pleasant. A low pressure system is projected to track across Iowa and northern Illinois. This will bring dreary conditions to our area, along with a good chance of snow and rain. There could be some snow accumulation but we can’t pinpoint that until the system gets closer and the temperature profile gets better determined. In either case, most models take the heavier amounts of precipitation over the southern half of the state. Otherwise it will be a chilly raw day with highs just in the mid to maybe even low 40s. That’s about 15 to 18 degrees below normal!
Sunday should be more tolerable with partly sunny skies and highs in the low 50s.
It will stay cool early next week with highs in the low 50s. There is also a chance of a few showers by Monday afternoon with a higher chance of rain next Tuesday. It looks like spring this year is not going to give us too many summer preview days.
Have a good evening! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2:45 p.m., 23-April 2019