Wet & Dry Time This Weekend

***Watch WISN 12 News this weekend for the latest weather information!***

Thank you for spending a few minutes with us on the Weather Watch 12 blog!  The title of this blog will really be the story for the weekend…not a washout…but wet and dry times will occur each day.

Let’s begin by looking at something we may not see on Saturday or Sunday…a beautiful sunset.  This is how we closed the day in Milwaukee from our camera high atop WISN 12!

Remember, if you ever have a weather photo to share, just post it to the U-Local section of WISN.com

The reason we will likely not see the sunset on Saturday or Sunday is cloud cover and rain in spots.  The best rain chance this weekend will likely occur on Saturday.  A pesky stationary front will waver north and south this weekend and little disturbances will ride along the front.  Each disturbance aides in lifting the air and producing clouds and showers.

Here is the forecast surface map for Saturday at 1 p.m.  Notice the low near the WI/IL border, this will translate into afternoon showers and thunderstorms across parts of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

With the wind turning off Lake Michigan on Saturday, temperatures will likely stay in the 60s, especially if clouds/rain move in.  The cooler temperatures and lack of sun will mean the severe weather threat should stay south of Milwaukee, and likely into Illinois.  This is something we will monitor closely.

The question for Saturday will be where the corridor of heavy rain sets up.  As of this writing(Friday evening) I believe the heaviest rain will stay in Illinois.  Below is a good illustration from our in house computer model.  This is a rainfall forecast from Saturday thru Sunday.  This has parts of Illinois picking up 3″+ of rain.  While here in Milwaukee, lesser totals of around 1.00″.  I think rainfall totals in our viewing area could range from 0.25″ to 1.50″ this weekend, with the heavier totals possible near the Illinois border and also in thunderstorms.

On Sunday, cooler air will spill into the region, but with daytime heating, showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop.  The driest part of the weekend looks to be Saturday morning, and also Sunday morning.

I will be working all weekend long, so please post your rainfall totals to the comments section of the blog or on our Facebook page WeatherWatch 12  I will include a list of rain totals on some of our WISN 12 newscasts throughout the weekend.

In the meantime, you can track the rain and thunderstorms right down to your backyard with our interactive radar…give it a try!


Make sure to check back all weekend long for the updates!

Jeremy Nelson


2 Responses

  1. When is this active pattern going to change? I need a dry stretch in order to finish a yard project.

    • Overall I think June will be the most active month this summer…and the wettest. But we should get a break starting this Wednesday. May not last more than a few days though. Jeremy

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