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Preparing for a soggy weekend

Rain arrives Friday
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Posted at 1:56 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 13:57:14-05

Beautiful sunshine, abundant over the region, is making for a nice middle of the work week. Temperatures are running in the middle to upper 40s for most, but cooler near the Ohio thanks to a northwesterly wind direction. Skies will remain clear through the evening allowing temperatures to cool back down to freezing Thursday morning.

As we move into the latter part of the week, changes begin. Clouds will be the first change through the day Thursday as the next storm approaches. Wind will also pickup out of the south, which will start a really nice warm up. Temperatures will notch up into the upper 50s and low 60s for afternoon highs tomorrow despite an increase in the clouds. Showers will try to work in Friday morning but will face difficulty as the frontal boundary of the system stalls on the other side of the Ohio River. This will bring heavy and persistent rain to those in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, while we stay mostly dry. Eventually the front will nudge eastward bringing in our showers which should ramp up by the afternoon and evening Friday. Still even through the day Saturday, the bulk of the rain remains to our west. Finally, overnight into Sunday, the heavier rain will arrive and push through. Rain will wrap up Sunday after dropping around 1” to 2.” More rain is expected for the middle of next week as well. What’s amazing is that we keep temperatures mild through next week as well routinely hitting the 50s or low 60s each afternoon.