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Warm and summer-like again today; showers, storm chances increase this evening through the midweek

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A May-like Tuesday

An incredibly warm air mass remains in place across our area today to the east of a large storm system that is approaching from the western Plains. That system will bring increasing rain chances to the region this week as it wobbles in from the west as it also works to pull in some warm and slightly humid air to prime the atmosphere for those rain chances. Expect occasional breaks of sunshine today with high temperatures in the upper 70s and a light south breeze. A few isolated thunderstorms will be possible in the late afternoon with better chances of scattered activity developing during the evening hours. A few of the early evening storms may become strong to severe with large hail and damaging winds gusts as the primary concerns. The main location of those stronger storms would be in the northwestern part of our local area near the stalled cold front that is draped across northwestern Wisconsin, southern Minnesota, and northwestern Iowa.

We'll have occasional light rain and some thunder during the overnight hours tonight with low temperatures in the upper 50s and a light southeast breeze.

A mild, but unsettled midweek

Wednesday is looking slightly wetter with more widespread rain and some thunder expected in the area, but temperatures will remain rather mild with afternoon temperatures in the upper 60s expected and a bit of a southeasterly breeze.

Rain chances will continue throughout our Thursday as the center of the storm system passes overhead. Rainfall totals may approach an inch overall by Thursday night when the rain will again become scattered in nature. High temperatures will be in the lower 60s with a light south breeze.

Cooler for the weekend

We'll still have a few scattered light rain showers in the area for Friday on the backside of the storm system. A brisk west breeze will add a slight chill to the air with high temperatures in the more seasonable mid-50s.

A few scattered showers will linger on Saturday, especially for the morning hours while a brisk northwest breeze keeps that more early April-like feel in the air. High temperatures Saturday will be in the lower 50s making that the coolest day of this week.

We'll enjoy a decent amount of sunshine Sunday as we'll be between storm systems. High temperatures will be in the lower 60s thanks to the brighter, more serene weather in the area.

Seasonably cool weather next week

Next week is looking fairly cool and more seasonable for our area. There will be a chance of light rain from late Sunday night through the day on Monday with another round of rain possible by next Thursday with some sunshine in between. High temperatures will be in the upper 40s to mid-50s throughout the week which is typical if not slightly cooler than normal for early spring standards.

Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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