Thursday, May 25, 2017

Weekend Warmth Brings Rain, but Still an Enjoyable Weekend

Temperatures got a little late day boost as the clouds cleared just in time for a beautiful sunset!  Highs this afternoon reached the upper 60's and low 70's.  Still a little below average, but moving in the right direction.

Most of the evening has been clear, but you may have noticed a little more cloud cover sneaking in from the west.  This is due to an area of low pressure moving through the northern Plains.  There have been a few light showers showing up over Minnesota and northern Iowa, but overall coverage of the rain has been fading with a weak ridge of high pressure over the Great Lakes.

A stronger low pressure system moves in from the southwest Friday afternoon keeping temperatures in the low 70's, but also allowing for a few showers and thunderstorms to develop as early as Noon.  Those showers will last through late afternoon with drier skies expected during the overnight.  Most of Saturday, now, is actually looking dry with a warm front settling south over central and southern Illinois.  A severe weather outbreak is possible over the south-central Plains and mid-Mississippi River Valley Saturday afternoon and evening.  As the low moves closer to Illinois Saturday evening showers and thunderstorms will become possible before moving out by Sunday morning.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible Sunday and Monday with the heating of the day.  Highs will warm into the upper 60's and low 70's.

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