After a strong cold front swept through the state yesterday, today will feature a secondary, less impressive front, mostly stationary, trying to work through the eastern part of the upper Midwest and the Great Lakes into far northern areas of the state. This means we have to keep an eye out for clouds and some scattered showers mostly north of
US 30 today. South of US 30, the sunshine will be a mostly dominant player, with some cloud offshoots of the trough to the north. Rain totals will be mostly under a few tenths in areas where it does rain, and coverage will be less than 40% of the area north of US 30.
Tomorrow through Thursday should be dry. Clouds may creep up from time to time tomorrow and Wednesday with cooler air holding. Temps tomorrow will be near normal, and slightly above on Wednesday. Good heat develops Thursday with a strong southwest flow. That should push temps into the upper 80s and lower 90s statewide.
Friday begins a very active precipitation period with a cold front sweeping through. We like rain totals for Friday from .25” to 1” with coverage 70% of the state. The front comes through from NW to SE, and the heaviest rains will come with thunderstorms. WE do expect some severe weather and strong thunderstorms Friday evening south of I-70. We take a break for about 18 hours or so, and then have another surge of moisture coming up from the SW Saturday midday and afternoon right on into early Sunday. That surge could bring an additional .25”-1” of rain with 60% coverage. Then, a third little batch of light moisture comes through Monday midday through Monday evening. This can bring a few hundredths to .4” of rain over about 50% of the state. All told, rains from Friday morning through Monday night can be half to 1.5” with coverage at 80% of the state. However, that is rain we will need, though, as the pattern turns dry starting next Tuesday.
Dry weather holds through the rest of next week and we do not see another frontal boundary arriving until around the 3rd of July when we can pick up a few hundredths to perhaps half an inch over 60% of the state. Then we are dry again following that front on through the 6th and 7th. An upper-level ridge will be key to the development of this dry pattern starting next Tuesday. Temps in that period likely will be above normal.