There were some nice rainfall amounts over parts of the Midwest Sunday as the first of a few weather systems this week moved through. The map from the MRCC shows the totals, with local 1+ inch amounts in a band from eastern Iowa through northern Illinois. There were local 3-4 inch amounts just off the map over eastern Kansas. All of this over the western half of the Midwest where the drought has been expanding.
The cold front that moved south during Sunday will move back north as a warm front Wednesday. A new cold front will move into the Midwest Thursday into Friday. Each movement of the frontal systems will be accompanied by new rounds of showers and storms. By Saturday morning average new rainfall is expected over 1 inch most areas, with 1 1/2 to 2+ inches from northeast Kansas into the southwest tip of Wisconsin, heaviest over northern Missouri.
For the Chicago metro area, rainfall ranged from around 1 1/2 inches far north to only a few tenths far south. Rainfall chances increase again late Tuesday night into Wednesday with the warm front and Thursday night into Friday morning with the cold front. New average amounts through this period are expected to be 1+ inches. Temperatures will increase with the rain chances, with mid 80s likely for Thursday.
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