Rain, rain, and more rain! We sure got a good soaking out of yesterday's storm system that brought a large surge of moisture into the area. This rain was needed though as March was running well over an inch behind in terms of rainfall when compared to the monthly average. Most of us are caught up or fairly close now. Here's a look at the Doppler estimated rainfall totals. A nice widespread rain event!
We'll be temporarily shutting the rainfall off today and for the first part of our weekend too! I wouldn't rush outside yet though, not until Saturday at least when temperatures will head back into the middle to upper 50s. Friday will be downright chilly with gusty north winds and mostly cloudy skies.
The month of April continues to bring big changes to our region not only in the temperature department but in the amount of observed daylight department as well! We'll tack on well over an additional hour and push average high temperatures up into the middle 60s. April also begins the start of a more active severe weather pattern typically.
The extended continues to be active and mild overall with a few systems of interest. Saturday really will be the best chance to get outside in the near term with a few peaks of sun possible. By Sunday a new storm system enters the picture and scattered showers will become likely by the afternoon, perhaps a rumble of thunder or too. This system pulls out by Tuesday however most model data suggests a more significant storm system may develop in the Midwest by the middle of next week. This system differs from our more recent ones in that it may have the ability to pull down some very chilly air behind it. Depending on it's track, we could see a few snowflakes mix in with the rain at times next Thursday. Still plenty of time for things to change but one thing is certain, there is the potential for a potent weather maker next week somewhere in the Midwest.