Friday promises to offer us plenty of sunshine, and a very nice afternoon. And while it would normally be very appealing to have a series of days like this lined up in a row, especially with the weekend almost here, this won’t be happening this time around. On the other hand, we’re in need of a good soaking — and the various models now finally seem to be reaching a consensus on a solution which will provide us with just that.
As for Friday, a bubble of high pressure that will be moving off the Northeast and mid-Atlantic coasts will manage to provide us with a fairly light south to southwesterly wind. Therefore, with a good deal of sunshine, most temperatures should have no trouble reaching the mid 70s, except along the immediate coast and especially near the south-facing shorelines.
Friday morning’s weather map is also indicating a wave of low pressure that is moving across northern Illinois. And, while cities like Chicago and Detroit have only gotten a few showers since Thursday afternoon, a more solid area of precipitation which extends from central and northern Wisconsin into northern Michigan is producing
not only rain, but also some wet snow. As the low pressure system tracks northeastward and into southeastern Ontario Friday night, the bulk of the steady precipitation will be occurring north and west of it — so we should have dry conditions for both Friday and the evening. But there will be some clouds gathering here overnight, and most temperatures will wind up in the 40s in the typically cooler spots and the 50s in the larger cities.
We’ve tried to make a point the past couple of days about Saturday: IT WILL NOT BE A “WASH-OUT.” While this spring hasn’t provided us with the kind of rainfall you’d expect during its first 30 day period, the possibility of a fairly persistent, steady rain is always a topic of discussion, and on a lot of people’s minds. We still believe that there will be some sunshine around here Saturday, and most temperatures will manage to reach the 70s, with some of the bigger cities probably as high as 77 (which is what we’re forecasting at BWI).
Most showers and thunderstorms should occur Saturday afternoon and Saturday night, as a cold front slowly approaches the I-95 corridor from the north and west.