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Sunday will be a sunny repeat offender, but Memorial Day leaves something to be desired

Wow, what a Saturday it was! Abundant sunshine, a few passing cumulus clouds, a nice westerly breeze and temperatures busting into the 70’s and 80’s across the region. Imagine what we could do if we had two days in a row, just like Saturday.

Well, you’re in luck. It’s like Mother Nature is making up for that snow last weekend by giving this holiday weekend some extended sunshine. Sunday will breed similar temperatures with lighter winds and a few passing high clouds. A gorgeous day, and likely the nicest day of the weekend. Get outside and enjoy this wonderful weather while you can!

Memorial Day events and outdoor plans are in jeopardy Monday. There is a marginal risk for severe weather to develop ahead of a warm front that will lift out of the south and bring a line of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. The heavier rain and severe weather potential looks to be in the afternoon as a second round of isolated storms. Heavy rainfall at times is expected with upwards of 2 inches of accumulation by the end of the day Monday.

The first line of storms will be crossing the Minnesota/Wisconsin border after 5 a.m. and last through lunch time. There may be a few hours in the afternoon between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. that could stay dry, but that’s when the second chance at isolated severe weather will be. We’ll keep an eye on the severe potential because models are uncertain of the location where these potent storms may fire up.

The extended forecast past the holiday maintains the rainy streak through Wednesday. Tuesday will have embedded thunderstorms that will form a longer term rain event through Wednesday night. A break from the active weather for Thursday before more rain potential next weekend.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly is our Daybreak meteorologist. Justin joined WQOW News 18 in May 2018.

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