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5-day Forecast 3/21 to 3/25/2024: Peak Midwest Early Spring Weather

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Good Morning, Cardinal Country! Remember when 70° temperatures were happening or in the forecast? Pepperidge Farm remembers! Wait! So do we on this National Memory Day (According to the National Day Calendar)!

Last week might seem like an eternity ago because we have had a lot happening lately, especially the severe weather that hit our area a week ago today. We were in the 70s that day and may try to come close at the beginning of next week! However, we start tomorrow in the chilly lower 30s but find ourselves jumping up to the lower 60s before a cold front reaches our area. Some areas may see some wintry precipitation Friday night, but that very well could be confined to a region north and west of us before the front clears and temperatures do what they have seemingly often lately – fall. Under northerly winds that occasionally gust around 30 mph (which seems to be happening a LOT lately), our highs reach into the 40s on Saturday. Watch Saturday night for some low cloud/fog/frost/freeze potential, too!

We do see things turn around (literally) as that wind direction will be initially out of the ESE on Sunday as a high-pressure system builds in and then SE to S on Monday out ahead of our next weather maker. This one carries a lot more moisture with it, and the threat of heavier showers and even some thunderstorms does exist with the way the upper-level energy is coming in with this next system. There are a lot of details to iron out. Still, based on our current thinking about this setup in the weather community, it looks like more than an inch of rain is possible, along with winds that could occasionally gust to 40 mph at times into Tuesday along with some of these storms potentially being of the stronger type. We will continue to monitor and analyze this setup and will update you if any changes with this forecast thinking will occur. Meanwhile, Monday will be the pick day temperature-wise since we are near those “Groovy 70s” (like I would like to say) on Monday with that 66° we have for you that afternoon!

After this, continued active weather looks to be the promise our weather pattern looks to deliver, with another trough of low pressure renewing the shower and storm potential around the Saturday before Easter. Classic spring in the Midwest, yes? We will continue to watch that pattern and update our thinking regarding that, according to the new data that will stream in. For now, enjoy this calmer weather, especially today, and since it’s on the chilly side, think warm thoughts and dress warmly on your way to those lunch plans!

-Cardinal Weather Service Weather Forecaster Ryan Hill-

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