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Memorial Day Weekend brings great and not so great weather to Midwest

There’ll be time for grilling, camping, and all those great outdoor activities as typically Memorial Day Weekend kicks off these summer traditions. However, it won’t be a perfect weekend.

Scattered shower and thunderstorm chances will exist mainly on the travel days, so allow yourself extra time on the roads. While normally rain chances don’t have a high impact, when considering traffic volume and more aggressive drivers, a little rain could cause more problems as stopping distance increases a little bit and visibility is lowered slightly as well.

Headlights are a good idea on gloomier days when driving as they increase the ability for other drivers to see you. Those rain chances are on Friday and Monday, with Saturday and Sunday looking great. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will move through Friday morning with more developing in the afternoon, though it won’t be raining all day long. Stronger storms expected south of us, so if you’re traveling that way be prepared for the chance of a downpour or two to slow you down a bit.

Saturday and Sunday are about as good as we can ask for on a holiday weekend. Expect plenty of sunshine and highs in the upper 70s near 80 on Saturday and mid 70s Sunday, though it may be a little breezy from time to time.

Rain chances return Monday, most likely in the afternoon with a few thunderstorms also possible. Again, be patient on the roads as this could cause problems to those driving more aggressive than they should be, which unfortunately is typical on big travel days.

There will be more chances for rain next week, with temperatures topping out in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer was promoted to Chief Meteorologist in July of 2019 and has been our evening meteorologist for News 18 since June of 2016. Prior to that, he was our Saturday meteorologist starting in September 2014.

Matt was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He enjoys all the extremes that mother nature throws at the Badger State: from severe thunderstorms to blizzards to subzero temperatures.

Matt studied meteorology in the Midwest as well, earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology at Valparaiso University in Indiana. There, Matt was heavily involved in VUTV Weather, the Valpo student chapter of AMS/NWA, and VUSIT (Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team). He’s logged more than 20,000 miles chasing and studying severe storms all across the country and witnessed nine tornadoes including six in one day!

Matt describes himself as a Wisconsin boy at heart and enjoys cheering for the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and Admirals just to name a few. He loves simply being outdoors and enjoys the Wisconsin wilderness especially in fall, and whitetail deer season!

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