After a milder day and a brief break from the rain Tuesday, the rainy and chilly conditions will return. A strong low pressure system will continue to slowly push towards the region. A wave in the jet however brings a chance of showers and thunderstorms to the southern half of the area. Winds trend E around 5-15 mph, but 10-20 mph lakeside. Highs will be in the mid 50s to low to mid 60s inland, but in the upper 40s to low 50s lakeside.
Most of the evening will be dry with cloudy to mostly cloudy skies, but the rain chances move back into the early morning hours from southwest to northeast. Winds remain E around 5-15 mph, but around 15-20 lakeside with gusts as high as 30 mph. Lows fall back into the mid 40s to mid 50s.
The low will move into the area, centering itself just to our west. Rain and a few thunderstorms will be likely, with the potential for moderate to heavy rain as well. That could lead to the potential for some flash flooding and ponding on the roads. Rain showers continue Thursday night, but the heavy rain threat will slowly diminish throughout the evening. Winds also increase out of the E around 10-20 mph, but 20-35 mph lakeside, and more SE down to our south as a warm front moves in. Winds will calm a bit Thursday night with winds turn more W and SW overnight as a cold front moves through. Highs range from the low to mid 50s north and lakeside, to the mid 60s south. Lows fall back into the mid to upper 40s to mid 50s.
The low will move to the northeast, but we’ll see some wrap-around moisture, keeping the chance of scattered showers in the forecast. Conditions will improve through the evening and overnight hours. Winds will remain on the gusty side around 10-20 mph, but more out of the W. Highs will only be in the mid 50s to low 60s. Lows fall back into the 40s.
Most of the area will see at least 0.5-1.5″ through Friday night, but the heaviest rain will be across our southern areas and the North Shore, where 2-3″ is possible, with the potential for even higher amounts. The Twin Ports should see anywhere from 1.5-2.5″.
The weekend looks more promising with a mix of clouds and sunshine, but a weak low pressure could bring a 40% chance of showers Saturday night into Sunday morning. Highs will be in the mid 60s to near 70 Saturday, climbing into the 70s Sunday.
EARLY NEXT WEEK:
It looks like Summer will be returning as a big ridge in the jet stream builds. We’ll see partly cloudy skies with rain chances minimal to zero. Highs will climb into the mid to upper 70s, with some areas potentially getting into the 80s!