StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 87° / Low 68°... Thickening clouds with t-storms possible late tonight. Warm and humid tomorrow. A few showers and t-storms still possible. Turning cooler next week.
Updated Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 6:17 PM...
We are watching a warm front located over the eastern Dakotas and southwestern Minnesota. This front will be the focus for showers and t-storms Saturday night. We'll see a small chance of showers and t-storms Sunday as a cool front passes.
Saturday evening will start warm and dry. It will feel fairly muggy, as well as moisture continues to increase across the area. Showers and t-storms are expected to develop across western Minnesota during the evening, then move east. There is still some question as to whether these storms will get into our area late Saturday night, so we'll have to watch what the storms do over Minnesota during the evening. There is a chance that we may need to lower rain chances... or increase them. Any storms that can get in here run the risk of being strong to severe. The Storm Prediction Center has put a large part of southeast Minnesota into western Wisconsin, mainly north of I-90. The timing of these storms looks to be between 10pm and 4am. You'll want to check later forecasts for any changes in those t-storm chances.
We are in for a warm and somewhat humid Sunday. Any lingering rain from Saturday night should exit the area early Sunday morning. After that, expect sunshine and a rather warm and humid day with highs in the middle and upper 80s. A cool front will move though the region during the afternoon into the evening. There is a chance this front could spark a shower or t-storm, but at this time, it appears the atmosphere may remain "capped." A cap is formed when a layer of warm air aloft prevents the air below it from rising to form clouds and precipitation. Should the cap weaken or break, any storms that form will have some potential to be strong.
Looking Ahead... As we head into the new workweek, look for cooler and drier weather to take over. We'll see plenty of sunshine Monday through Wednesday. However, temperatures will slip into the 70s for highs and the 50s for overnight lows. Rain chances will increase a bit for the end of next week, but it appears the cool temperatures will hang on right into the following weekend. Look for highs again mainly in the upper 70s and lows in the 50s
Have a great weekend! -Cory Malles