A Few Showers and T-Storms Possible this Weekend

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Today's Almanac

Published Friday, July 31, 2020 at 6:49 PM…

Surface Map

Good evening… it was a beautiful end to the week and the month of July thanks to a ridge of high pressure sitting over the region. We saw a mix of sun and clouds and highs in the 80s. The high will eventually move east and allow a cool front to move into the region for the weekend. Unlike last weekend, this front has little going for it for any widespread precipitation let alone severe weather. However, this front will pack a punch in the temperature department for next week.

Tonight's Forecast

Tonight's Lows North

Tonight's Lows South

As we head into tonight, look for a mostly clear sky. The combination of calm winds and some low level moisture will set the stage for areas of fog toward daybreak tomorrow. Some of it could be locally dense, especially in area coulees and valleys. Look for lows to range from the middle 50s to lower 60s.

Weekend Forecast

Tomorrow's Highs South

Tomorrow's Highs North

That cool front to our west will slowly advance toward western Minnesota tomorrow. Fortunately, the front will be too far west for any precipitation to reach our area. As a result, we can expect a partly cloudy and pleasant day. Look for highs in the upper 70s to middle 80s. The chance of showers and t-storms will begin to increase across our northern communities tomorrow evening and last into the overnight. However, these showers and t-storms still look to be spotty at best. Look for lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

Unfortunately, it appears the front will cross the local area during the day Sunday. As a result, look for a good chance of scattered showers and a few t-storms. The good news is instability and shear are so weak with this front that our severe weather threat this weekend looks almost non-existent. In fact, we may have a hard time generating t-storms at all, especially Sunday. Because of clouds and rain, look for highs in the upper 60s to middle 70s.

8 Day Forecast

Looking ahead… once the cool front passes the area Sunday night, look for much cooler air to drop into the region from Canada. We’ll see highs in the upper 60s to middle 70s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The good news is temperatures will moderate a bit Thursday, warming into the middle 70s to near 80 Thursday and Friday before warming it the lower 80s by next weekend. Overnight lows will drop in the 40s and 50s through Thursday morning before moderating into the middle 50s to lower 60s Friday and Saturday mornings.

As far as rainfall is concerned, look for dry weather from Monday through Wednesday. A couple of weak disturbances look to cross the region Thursday and Friday. The result will be a slight chance of showers and t-storms. Dry weather then looks to return for next Saturday. Unfortunately, things are starting to dry out across parts of the area. Hopefully, those rain chances at the end of next week can be increased a bit as much of the area could use a drink of water.

Have a great night and a great weekend! -WKBT Cory Malles