Memorial Day weekend checklist: sunscreen and the umbrella?

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As you head out to the lake, cabin, or campsite for this Memorial Day weekend, you’ll want to pack plenty of sunscreen, beach towels, and umbrellas.

Travel conditions will be decent if you’re heading north or west, but if you’re heading south towards the Central Midwest or east towards the Ohio River Valley, you may run into scattered showers and thunderstorm activity. There are severe weather chances all three days this weekend in the plains. Proceed with caution and keep weather alerts on if you’re traveling through there! Gusty winds, hail, lightning, heavy rainfall, and an isolated tornado possible in outlined areas.

Saturday and Sunday will be both be very nice with abundant sunshine and temperatures rising into the upper 70’s to low 80’s. Saturday will breezy with winds out of the WNW at 10 -15 mph and gusting up to 25 mph. A few passing clouds will cut into the afternoon hours but we will stay dry. Sunday will be very similar with a region of high pressure keeping the sunshine steady. You’ll definitely need sunscreen because the UV index is forecast to be 7-8 for both Saturday and Sunday which means the sun will be strong and sunburn is possible without protection.

Rainfall amounts upwards of a half inch or more Monday.

Memorial Day does not look promising as a low pressure system creeps up from the south and drops steady rain throughout the day. Rainfall will be long lived starting sometime after 5 a.m. and lasting through 7 p.m. Monday night. There may be an hour or two break int he afternoon sometimes after 1 p.m. but more scattered showers and storms are possible around 3 p.m. again. This rain will be widespread and travel home from any of the locations mentioned above could still bring a severe weather risk.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly

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