Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Stormy Evening With a Beautiful Easter

A few thunderstorms have started to develop over in Iowa, and are starting to track in our direction.  These thunderstorms are developing along a cold front, and the storms will ride along the front while it progresses towards our area as we head into the evening.  We are still under a marginal risk for severe weather, with a slight risk for severe weather in the western parts of Jo Daviess, Carroll, and Whiteside counties.  These storms are expected to produce gusty winds, areas of heavy rainfall, and could even produce very small-sized hail.  

The 70° temperatures we'll be seeing this evening will help to fuel those thunderstorms as they track into our area, but temperatures will gradually cool down into the 60°s once we head into the late-night hours.  These cooler temperatures will cause these storms to start dying out, but we'll still see some light rain afterwards since there will be a good amount of moisture left over in the atmosphere.  The rain will die down around 1am, with the cold front looking to make a slow pass through our area between 4-7am.  Once the front passes through, clouds will clear out of our area and temperatures will only cool to the low 70°s.  This means we get sunny skies and warm temperatures for Easter Sunday!  

We'll keep those nice conditions for Monday, but more thunderstorms are expected Tuesday afternoon when another cold front moves through, but temperatures will stay in the 60°s for Wednesday with a warm front moving through during the overnight Wednesday night, bringing about more thunderstorms.  The warm front will keep us warm for Thursday, but northerly winds will settle in afterward cooling us down into the 50°s for Friday and Saturday.


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