You can't ask for much better weather than what we've seen to open the workweek! Three straight days of unlimited or nearly unlimited sunshine to go along with temperatures in the 60s and 70s have been warmly received throughout the Stateline. What's more, with Wednesday marking the fourth consecutive day without rainfall, it's the longest dry stretch the Stateline's seen since the end of August!
That all changes beginning Thursday, as a sprawling storm system takes aim on the region, promising several rounds of rainfall for our area. Before we dive into the details, it's important to note that while things are hardly going to be ideal around here, we'll fare significantly better than those in the Northern Rockies, the Northern Plains, and much of the Upper Midwest, as a large portion of those areas are to be blanketed by heavy snowfall, measured in feet in some locales. We'll be on the warm side of this storm system, so rainfall will be the only mode of precipitation.
A sprinkle or two may fall in a very isolated pocket of the Stateline Thursday Morning, though the expectation is those chances are extremely low. Chances for scattered showers do rise a bit later in the afternoon and toward dinnertime, though this activity is to remain on the light side.
More widespread shower activity, perhaps accompanied by thunderstorms, arrives after midnight Thursday Night, and will carry into the opening hours of Friday. During the daytime hours of Friday, while dry hours are promised, a shower or thunderstorm can't be ruled out at any particular point in time. The last, most well-organized round of storms should blast quickly through the area by the mid to late afternoon hours.
Earlier on in the week, we were a bit concerned that a severe weather risk would be present here, due to the strength of the cold front and the time of its passage. Now that the rain's likely to begin and the cold front's likely to pass earlier than originally anticipated, the severe threat is greatly reduced. However, any one of the storms could produce a few 30-40 mile per hour wind gusts.
At this time, it appears most, if not all of the rainfall will be finished in time for Friday Night's high school football games. However, you'll want to bundle up! Game time temperatures will be in the low 40s, with wind chills expected to be in the 30s.