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Chicago area weather forecast for Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The rest of the week will bring some rapid changes in our weather as we watch for a little bit of everything between now the weekend.

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A cold front is forecast to be moving out of the region early Wednesday morning and there could be few showers as we start the day.  It looks like the best chance for wet weather should be relegated to northwest Indiana with mostly cloudy skies expected areawide.

We'll be cooler behind the front with highs in the low 70s and west winds at 5-15 mph.   As drier air moves into the region we should see decreasing clouds during the day Wednesday with mostly clear skies expected by late in the day and through the overnight hours as well. 

As an area of high pressure moves over the region we'll see quieter conditions on Thursday with less wind and highs in the mid 60s.  A zonal flow set up across the U.S. will mean we'll only be hours from our next chance of rain however.

We'll watch for a surface low to lift out of the central plains and head toward the region.  Showers and storms appear likely Thursday night with scattered showers still possible Friday.  Friday looks a little raw with breezy northwest winds and cloudy skies as well.

You can learn more about the forecast by viewing the slideshow.

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