EVENING – TONIGHT: An area of high pressure continues to dominate the weather pattern across the region today. This is allowing for sunny to mostly sunny skies across the forecast zones with just a few high clouds working into the region from the west.
This afternoon into the evening mostly sunny skies will continue across the region. However, overnight clouds will be on the increase from the west as the area of high pressure continues to move off to the east.
Lows overnight will be in the upper teens north to mid 20’s south.
WEDNESDAY: We will be between two weather systems on Wednesday as an area of high pressure continues east and an area of low pressure starts to get its act together across the Rocky Mountains/western Great Plains. While more clouds will be in place Wednesday, a dry day is forecast.
Highs on Wednesday will be in the mid 30’s north to mid 40’s south.
Wednesday night looks to be mostly dry across the forecast zones. However, very late in the period there may be an isolated rain or snow shower across western zone 6/7.
Lows will be in the mid 20’s east to mid 30’s west.
THURSDAY: An area of low pressure will start to move to the northeast out of the Southern Plains. As it does moisture will start to spread farther North across the forecast region.
While rain showers will be possible across western zone 6/7 through the day on Thursday. Overall I think these will be isolated through the day with most of the region remaining dry through the afternoon.
Thursday evening rain chances will increase from the west, spreading across western and central zone 6/7 after 6-7 PM Thursday evening.
Highs on Thursday will be in the upper 30’s north to upper 40’s south.
Thursday night rain will continue to spread eastward across Illinois into Indiana and Ohio. There is a chance enough cold air will be in place across northern zone 1 that some of this precipitation would fall as sleet and/or freezing rain Friday morning. That is something we will have to watch and fine-tune.
FRIDAY: The area of low pressure aforementioned will move across eastern Iowa, northern Illinois, and southern Wisconsin on Friday. This will keep skies cloudy throughout the day and will allow for isolated to widely scattered areas of rain to remain possible across the zones on Friday. However, I don’t think everyone will see precipitation.
Highs Friday will be in the mid 40’s north to lower 50’s south.
WEEKEND: The forecast this weekend remains a complicated one. An area of low pressure is set to develop across the Rockies and southern Great Plains late Thursday into Friday. This area of low pressure will continue across the Texas Panhandle and southern Oklahoma Friday into early Saturday.
By Saturday the low will start to exit the Great Plains region. As it does a strong 1035 mb area of high pressure with very cold air will start to move in from Canada. So while cold air will be available the exact placement of the Canadian high along with other factors will have a major impact on the track of the low and major implications on our precipitation type for the weekend.
Make sure to check back for the latest as we will be fine-tuning this forecast through the week. It should be noted the European model came in with no snow with this weekend system. Still plenty of time for change but as of right now we are questioning if we are going to be in the right place and the right time for snow. Things are changing but its just taking time.