StormTeam 8 Forecast:  High 67º / Low 55° ... Partly sunny, breezy & warmer today. Mostly cloudy & mild tonight. Chance of showers and isolated t-storms, mainly after midnight.

Updated Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10:45 AM...

Our warming trend continues today with highs in the mid-upper 60s thanks to breezy south winds at 10-20 mph, with gusts to 30 mph possible. High clouds will cause filtered sunshine at times today. The high clouds and breezy conditions are ahead of an approaching cool front.

The front will track into the region tonight, bringing a chance for rain showers and isolated t-storms. The rain chances look to hold off until after midnight in most areas. The exception will be northern & western parts of the viewing area where you could see some showers as early as this evening. Otherwise it will be mild tonight with lows only dipping into the 50-55º range.

Unfortunately the front is going to slow to a crawl or even stall over the region through Easter Sunday. This will keep a good chance of rain and isolated t-storms going across the region, perhaps even lingering into Monday morning. You might want to have a "Plan B" for outdoor Easter egg hunts or any other outdoor activities... just in case. The good news is temps will be mild through Monday with highs in the 65-70º range.

Looking Ahead... Temps will cool a bit for Tuesday and Wednesday with highs closer to 60º, but this is close to average for this time of year. Tuesday looks dry with a slight chance of showers and t-storms Wednesday.

Rain chances increase again Thursday with a potent system lifting northeast into the Upper Midwest. There could be a few t-storms Thursday, then general rain showers could linger into Friday with cooler air wrapping into the region. In fact, highs next Saturday could slip back into the 50s.

Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!  -Bill Graul