High clouds and sun dogs give way to rain Thursday

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Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of showers, along with a few afternoon storms. Winds: SE 10-15 mph, High: 63 (59-65)

Thursday night: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of scattered showers hanging around. Winds: SSW 8-12 mph, Low: 50 (46-53)

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of isolated showers lingering. High: 65, Low: 51

Forecast Discussion

If it doesn’t arrive before sunrise, the first batch of rain will quickly get here just after. We’re seeing a bit of a unique pattern for late spring, as this setup is more common in the winter. A coastal low will be heading north, providing the first batch of rain. At the same time, another low over the Great Lakes will be converging with the coastal low from the west, jamming us in the middle. If this was winter, we’d see a good deal of snow and mixed precipitation, thankfully this time of year it’s just rain. After the morning showers, we’ll catch a dry break in the early afternoon, and then more showers and a few storms arrive in the later afternoon and evening.

As the two lows collide, they will take their time getting out of here. It’s already going to be a bit cool Thursday, but northwest flow along with continued wrap-around shower chances keep us in the 60’s again Friday. Saturday looks to be the only completely dry day in the forecast, as very weak high pressure settles in. This does bump us back into seasonal highs in the upper 70’s at least.

The rest of the weekend into next week looks unsettled. Sunday a cold front brings higher shower chances all day. After that, this front stalls right overhead, leading to a typical summer-time unsettled pattern. Each day won’t be a washout, but isolated showers and storms could develop each day with highs near 80 and lows near 60.

Damon Matson

Damon Matson

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