A Soggy Saturday Followed by a Breezy Sunday
A Few Strong Storms also Possible Saturday
Published Friday, March 27th at 6:49 PM….
We continue to watch a developing storm system over Colorado. This system will bring another round of wet weather to the region starting Friday night.
As we head through Friday evening, look for clouds to continue to thicken across the region. By late evening, we are expecting rain to overspread the area from south to north. Look for a mild night as lows only fall it the 40s in most locations.
Saturday will be wet. Expect periods of rain. A few t-storms are possible. While the main threat for severe weather will remain south of our region… over western and northern Illinois into southern Wisconsin… I can’t rule out a few strong to severe storms over areas along and south of I-90 during the late afternoon into the early evening. The main threat at this time appears to be large hail. But, if the track of the low moves a bit farther north, we could see a small threat for damaging wind and isolated tornadoes. It should be noted this threat is very conditional as we will spend much of the day under clouds and rain, which will limit instability. Look for highs in the middle 40s to lower 50s. It will be a breezy day with east winds blowing at 10 to 20 mph, with gusts around 25 mph.
As we head into tomorrow night, we’ll see the threat for t-storms end. We may even get a break from rain during the evening as dry air gets wrapped into our storm system. However, it won’t last long as moisture wrapping around the back side of the low will bring more rain into the area for the overnight hours. Look for lows in the middle 30s to lower 40s. Winds will switch to the west and slacken to around 10 mph.
As we head into Sunday, look for lingering rain showers to gradually end by midday. We could even see a few snowflakes mix in with the rain. The rest of the day looks cloudy and breezy. Highs will range from the upper 30s to upper 40s. Gusty northwest winds at 10-20 mph, with gusts to 30 mph will add an extra bite to the air.
This system has the potential to produce anywhere from .75” to 1.50” of rain. This will cause rises along area rivers, with some minor flooding possible. If you have interests along any area rivers, be sure to check later forecasts. Heavier rain possible to our north and west may cause rises on the Mississippi River next week.
Looking Ahead… look for quieter weather to settle into the region for next week. We’ll see mainly dry weather under a mix of clouds and sun. There is a slight chance of rain Wednesday, then again Friday. Look for highs in the middle 40s to middle 50s through the week.
Have a great weekend! –WKBT Cory Malles