Rain to return Friday night and Saturday. Next week looks drier.


Rain threat to return Friday night and continue through Saturday.  The severe risk still looks low as Flash Flood Watch continues.

Friday began with some rain over parts of the area.  Most of that rain has moved out and given way to a cloudy and cooler day.  Expect showers and a few thunderstorms to develop over move into our area overnight.  That rain will increase and begin to move out of the area by the beginning of the afternoon.  Late tonight through tomorrow morning will be the likely time that we will see the heaviest rain.  The good news is that we are cool enough that the severe weather risk for our area looks to be rather low.  SPC has maintained the marginal severe weather risk for the southeast half of the area. 

It still appears that the heaviest rain will be across the southern half of the area.  Futurecast indicates totals of one to over two inches could be possible.  The northern half of the area should expect to see rainfall totals of less than one inch.  Many locations could see less than 1/2″. 

A look at the latest outlook from Futurecast below shows that the rain will move out of the area tomorrow night.  We will begin Mother’s day with a cloudy sky.  It is possible that we could close Sunday with a few rays of sunshine especially over the western part of the area.  Look for highs this weekend to stay below normal with highs near 70 Saturday and in the mid 70s Sunday.  Overnight lows will mainly be in the 50s.

Most of next week is looking dry with a warming trend.  HIghs will return to the mid 80s.  Overnight lows will return to the low to mid 60s.  Now that the end of the rain is in sight.  A more consistent outlook on how high area lakes and rivers can be expected.  See the latest forecast for your nearby lake or river here.

Average High/Low for today’s date:  82/61.

Have a great weekend!  –Todd Warren

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