Outlook to Late AprilApril 4th, 2013 at 10:30 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
I was a nice day with highs of 57-61. Tonight, temperatures are running 36-46 as of 10:41 p.m. Temperatures will drop into the lower & middle 30s.
Back-door cold front will bring brisk north-northeast winds to 20 mph, but mostly sunny skies Friday. Highs will range from mid 50s in the northeast to mid 60s in our southwest with near 61 at Lafayette. The very dry air & wind will make it feel a bit cooler than the actual air temperature & it will tend to create an elevated brush & grass fire danger.
Front will move back north Friday-Saturday. With partly cloudy skies Saturday, winds may gust as high as 40 mph at times in places with highs of 66-72 from northeast to southwest.
A few showers/t’showers may pass Saturday evening-night to Sunday, but coverage looks to be only around 20-30%. More widespread rainfall will arrive Monday with several rounds of showers & t’storms Tuesday-Wednesday-early Thursday. Right now, it appears the heaviest rain will fall Wednesday-Wednesday night with 2-3″ of total rainfall Saturday night-early Thursday.
Highs will largely be in the 60s with overnight lows in the 50s. By Thursday, cooler air will arrive with highs in the 50s & lows in the 30s.
Severe weather threat will get close to us next week, specifically Wednesday afternoon-evening. Right now, the conditions for severe t’storms are setting up just south of our viewing area, but we will watch it. I have expanded the threat to as far north as Terre Haute, Indiana for next Wednesday.
After frost/freeze potential (27-32) next Friday night, it will warm up very nicely Monday April 15 to Sunday April 21. Highs in the upper 70s & lower 80s are likely with several rounds of showers/storms with potential of severe weather a couple of times, per longer-range trends. Widespread 80s are possible at the end of April, but pattern does look wetter-than-normal.