High pressure parks over the state this morning and should yield full sunshine for the day today! South winds develop on the backside of the high this afternoon as it slowly moves off to the east.
We are tweaking our forecast for tomorrow just a little bit. A weak low has decided to try and move farther south out of the upper Midwest on its journey east. This means we have to put showers back in the forecast for tomorrow from I-70 northward, with coverage at about 80% of the northern half of the state. Totals should run in the few hundredths to .3” range, but it will be wetter than we had been hoping.
A warm front lifts north across the state Friday, bringing scattered showers in over the northern half to third of the state, but coverage will be significantly lower than tomorrow’s action. Then we continue to see scattered showers for the Weekend, with Sunday still looking slightly better for amounts and coverage. All told, from Friday through the weekend, we will keep our combined rain estimates at .25”-75” with 70% coverage.
Monday and Tuesday remain dry and she should see a decent amount of sunshine. The front for midweek next week on Wednesday looks stronger at this point, but for now we will leave our rain projections alone at .25”-1” with coverage at 80%. Threats for more of the state to get into the upper half of the range are higher this morning than earlier this week. The extended window has another front exiting Illinois and moving across the state for the 21st-22nd. That front can produce .25”-.75” with 80% coverage, and the system for the 25th-26th still shows potential for up to 1 inch of rain. Overall, the pattern still looks wetter than we would like, at least in our opinion.