Sunshine, then rain today
We're starting our Wednesday on a bright and cool note as high pressure just to our east is proving us with sunshine and a light breeze. We'll have sunshine through the morning hours, but clouds will roll in from the west for the afternoon as a storm system approaches from the Plains. Light rain showers will develop in the late afternoon, becoming more widespread this evening. High temperatures will be in the upper 50s with just a light northwest breeze.
Rain chances will continue through midnight before tapering off late in the night and then clouds will clear off before sunrise Thursday. Rainfall will be light from this storm system, in a one-tenth to quarter-inch range in the area. That's not much overall, but this may very well represent the best chance for measurable rainfall for the next week or so. Our rainfall deficit for the year now stands at 2.78 inches in Rochester and the vast majority of the local area is in a Moderate Drought, so rainfall would be very welcome at this point.
Breezy and cool Thursday
We'll have plenty of sunshine in the area for our Thursday with a gusty, cool northwest breeze in the wake of Wednesday night's storm system. A weak upper-level disturbance will spark late afternoon and evening spotty rain showers in our area, but rainfall will be very light. High temperatures tomorrow will be in the upper 50s, probably feeling cooler than that because of those brisk northwest winds that will occasionally reach 25 miles per hour.
High pressure from Saskatchewan will settle into the Upper Midwest for Friday, bringing bright, tranquil weather for the end of the workweek. Expect mostly sunny skies throughout the day with high temperatures in the upper 50s and a slight northerly breeze.
Small weekend rain chances
We'll start the weekend with some sunshine before clouds slowly thicken in the afternoon and evening as a storm system moves in from the northwest. As it stands right now, that system may just graze our local area to the southwest, meaning we'll have just a few hours of rain chances starting in the late afternoon or early evening hours Saturday and then winding down in the early to mid-morning hours Sunday. Rainfall totals will be rather light in this scenario and the weekend may very well feature more sunshine than rain. High temperatures will still be on the cool side, even with a decent amount of sunshine in store. Readings will be mainly in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees for both Saturday and Mother's Day.
A slow warm-up next week
High pressure will move in for the early part of next week, bringing sunshine for Monday and Tuesday with high temperatures around 60-degrees. After a cloudier, more unsettled Wednesday with rain in the area, we'll have warmer sunshine for the end of the week next Thursday and Friday as high temperatures look to finally reach the seasonable mid and upper 60s.
Here is your morning weather update from Meteorologist Ted Schmidt: