7:00 AM | Rain not over quite yet as another batch heads our way, brighter skies this afternoon; weekend looking pretty decent with good viewing conditions for the Orionid meteor shower

6-Day Forecast

Today

Cloudy with occasional morning showers and possibly a thunderstorm, some of the rain will come down hard at times, brightening skies this afternoon, but an isolated shower or thunderstorm cannot be ruled out, breezy, warm, low-to-mid 70’s

Tonight

A lingering evening shower and thunderstorm possible then becoming partly cloudy late, mild, low 50's

Saturday

Mostly sunny, cooler, mid 60’s

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, chilly, low 40’s

Sunday

Mostly sunny, cool, low 60’s

Monday

Mostly sunny, pleasant, upper 60’s

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, pleasant, near 70

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, pleasant, near 70

Discussion

Rain moved into the region overnight as a Great Lakes low pressure system pushed a cool front in this direction and some of the rain was heavy at times with more than an inch recorded in most spots. The rain is not over with yet as there are additional bands of showers and embedded thunderstorms just to our southwest and they are heading in this direction and will arrive during the second half of the morning. Some brightening skies will take place this afternoon along with breezy and warm conditions, but an isolated shower or thunderstorms cannot be ruled out. High pressure will then build in for the weekend and sunshine is quite likely for both days. Looking farther ahead, the weather pattern looks quite interesting by late next week into the following week as at the same time Arctic air may plunge into the NW US and Central Plains, the tropics look to be active with perhaps one last gasp and a possible tropical system near Florida.

The skies should be at least partially clear late Saturday night and early Sunday morning for favorable viewing of the Orionid meteor shower which promises to be quite good this year given the lack of moonlight to interfere. The best viewing time for the meteor shower will be about 2-6 AM early Sunday morning. For more on the meteor shower, check back to Wednesday's discussion.

Video

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