Beautiful, sunny, dry weather dominates the state as we start this week. High pressure this morning is setting up in southwest to south central parts of Ohio, and that will allow some south wind to start to come up the backside of the High this afternoon. Temps should start to moderate some today, after yesterday’s “refrigeration”. We will build temps more through tomorrow and Wednesday.
Our next chance of rain comes Thursday, as a minor trough slips through. We do not expect much action, only a few hundredths to .25” over 60% of the state. Most of that coverage comes in central Indiana (some south), and nothing is really expected from US 24 north. A second wave of moisture comes from Thursday night into Friday from I-70 south, bringing an additional few hundredths to .4” with the heaviest action in far south central Indiana near the river. Dry condition are expected Thursday night in the northern half of the state. Clouds will give way to sun through Friday…taking longer to leave in the south than in the north.
This weekend looks great, with partly to mostly sunny skies expected all day each day Saturday and Sunday. Temps will be normal to above normal. Clouds start to increase late in the day Sunday and Sunday night.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms rock the state on Monday, the 8th. This is a strong front. We see rain totals for the day at half to 1.5” with coverage at 100% of the state. We expect strong thunderstorms and have the potential even for some severe weather. The map shows a snapshot of potential action around midday and early afternoon on Monday. This likely will be our first thunderstorm outbreak of the spring. We return quickly to dry weather with some sunshine on Tuesday the 9th.
The extended period keeps the dry pattern going at the start, but then turns much more active to finish things out. We are sunny and dry for the first half of the period for Wednesday the 10th through Friday the 12th. Temps remain near to above normal, ad we see strong south winds emerging late in that period. Then we flip the switch. Rain develops for the 13th, bringing .25”-1” with 80% coverage. Then from Saturday night through Sunday the 14th we can see an additional .25”-1” come across the southern part of the state, at least from I-70 southward, and perhaps even just from US 50 southward. Sunday will be dry elsewhere. A third system arrives Monday afternoon (the 15th) and runs through Tuesday but has lesser rain totals…a half an inch or less with 90% coverage. Temps remain near normal through the wetter turn of the pattern.