Showers move over the state today and we keep a cloudy, damp kind of feel tomorrow, but with less moisture. Today’s showers total .1”-.5” with coverage at 80% of the state, and then tomorrow lingering scattered showers can produce additional rains of a few hundredths to a tenth or two with 50% coverage. The action ends a little quicker Friday, and we may see some clearing overnight.
After a partly sunny start to Saturday, we have another round of moisture moving in. We are making no changes to our Saturday forecast with most of the action coming over the northern part of the state. Showers and a few thunderstorms bring .25”-1” rains for areas from SR 32 northward ahead Saturday afternoon and evening. While thunderstorms will not hit everywhere, this warm surge we are in the middle of does allow for better development of convection, enough that we still think there is some thunderstorm potential in there. South of I-70, there is no rain threat Saturday.
Dry for the balance of the weekend and the first part of next week, Sunday through Tuesday, statewide. Our next wave of moisture may be trying to come a little sooner, with a few scattered showers developing over the state overnight Tuesday night.
Clouds will be building through Wednesday morning, and we see rains and thunderstorms really ramp up later in the afternoon and into Wednesday night. We still think that we can see rains 4 days straight from Wednesday through next Saturday. The heaviest rains come Wednesday night and Thursday and then again on Saturday. Combined we can see half to 2.5” with coverage at 100% of the state. Temps also drop behind that system, moving to normal and below normal levels. The map at right shows updated potential rain totals through the coming 10 days, ending with next Saturday.
The rest of the extended period goes drier, as Canadian high pressure settles in over most of the corn belt. We should be dry for at least 4 days from next Sunday on through the following Wednesday, but we are bringing showers back for that Thursday (18th). With building clouds, keep the door open for at least a quarter of an inch of moisture potential there, before the sun returns the following Friday. Temps drop again behind that system.