The weather pattern over the next few days will be dominated by mild air and occasional bouts of rain. The first in a series of storm systems will move northward into the Great Lakes on Friday. This system will spread rain across the region tonight and Friday.
That storm will move away to the northeast by early Saturday with most areas seeing some dry weather, at least for most of the day on Saturday. It will also be quite mild on Saturday with some locations exceeding 60 degrees.
The next system in our storm series will already be taking shape across the lower Mississippi Valley by afternoon Saturday. This new storm will spread another round of rain northeastward across the eastern Great Lakes beginning late Saturday and continuing through the day on Sunday. The flood threat will have to be monitored as rainfall combined with melting snow could result in some significant rises on area creeks and rivers.
The rain will gradually move to the east Sunday night and Monday as a strong cold front inches its way eastward across the region. This cold front will usher in much colder, more seasonable temperatures on Monday. It may be cold enough for some areas to see a change over to snow before the precipitation ends on Monday.
Another storm is forecast to impact the region on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. This system will have some colder air to work with and that could mean snow for some areas. At this time, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding the evolution of that storm.
Most indications are pointing to a colder and stormier pattern evolving for the second half of the month across our region with wintry weather and periods of bitter cold possible.