We continue to have our weather influenced by a large dome of surface high pressure centered over Michigan this evening.
Plentiful sunshine, light winds, and temperatures generally in the lower to mid 50s were the end result of this feature being in control over the region earlier Tuesday afternoon.
Tranquil conditions will stay in place for tonight with mostly clear skies and lows that will be not as cols as last night. Low temperatures will be in the 30s.
Mild air will begin to flow north into the Tri-States on breezy south winds Wednesday behind a warm front that will track across the region during the day. These south winds will transport very mild air to the tune of the middle 60s into the WGEM viewing area Wednesday afternoon under partly sunny skies.
On Wednesday night, there will be some slim chances of showers and thunderstorms possibly under mostly cloudy skies as a cold front approaches form the north.
Good chances of rain showers and thunderstorms are expected on Thursday with mild highs in the mid 60s.
Showers and storms will continue Thursday night into Friday with a high on Friday in the 50s. The pattern will be very spring-like plus we will likely see an inch or more of rainfall area-wide throughout the rainy period at the end of the week into Saturday.
Colder 40s for temperatures are in the weekend forecast. Some chilly rain will be on tap for Saturday. Sunday should be dry and partly sunny.
Crests are taking place right now at many locations along the Mississippi River and a gradual drop in the river levels is anticipated later this week.
However, as many chances of rain are in the forecast the next several days, we will continue to monitor the levels moving forward for any additional crest updates or changes to the river level forecast.
That data may change and be revised due to the additional rainfall coming our way.
Watch WGEM News Today and Meteorologist Jeremy Ledford starting at 5 AM Wednesday for the latest forecast data.
~ Mike Cole, WGEM Chief Meteorologist