Wisconsin Weather Update for April 20, 2012.

By: HaleStorm , 2:20 PM GMT on April 20, 2012

Cloudy and cool today; clouds and sunshine this weekend.

Cool air will continue to flow into the western Great Lakes region from the north, behind an area of low pressure centered over southern Michigan, and should keep us cloudy with temps just a little below-normal today. There was still some light rain or snow in northeastern Wisconsin this morning, but this should be pushing off over Lake Michigan shortly. The clouds should start to clear out late in the day, and we can expect a mix of clouds and sunshine this weekend and through much of next week. We may see a few isolated rain showers Saturday night, but otherwise our next chance of rain doesn’t look to arrive until next Wednesday night. Our next chance of snow will hopefully be much, much later.

Today’s Forecast Grade: C
Short-Term Forecast Confidence: Medium

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today’s Conditions: Cloudy, windy and still cold. Maybe some lingering light rain or snow showers this morning in northeast Wisconsin.
Today’s High Temps: Near 50.
Today’s Winds: Windy from the north, decreasing late.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 49-50.
Madison: Highs 51-52.
Milwaukee: Highs 45-49.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/mos/getall.pl?sta =KATW&sta=KMSN&sta=KMKE

Tonight: Becoming mostly clear. Lows near the freezing mark.

Tomorrow’s Conditions: Sunshine in the morning, clouds in the afternoon. Maybe a few rain showers Saturday night. Chance of rain tomorrow night 25%.
Tomorrow’s Temps: Highs in the lower 50s east-central, mid- 50s south. Lows in the low to mid- 30s.
Tomorrow’s Winds: Just a little breezy from the east.

Sunday: More clouds than sunshine. Highs in the low to mid- 50s.

Next Week’s Outlook:
Conditions: Lots of sunshine through Tuesday. Clouds increase on Wednesday with showers probably developing Wednesday night and continuing through much of Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Such is life.
High Temperatures: Generally in the upper 50s to lower 60s, but hopefully warming just a bit by the end of the week.
Extended Forecast Confidence: Medium to High

Weather in the News:

March global temperatures were coolest since 1999
Month ranks 16th warmest March for globe; La Niña expected to dissipate by the end of April
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/summary-info/global /2012/3

Today Outside of Wisconsin:

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota:
Conditions: Sunshine!
High Temperatures: Mid- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.htm l
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USMN0503

Anna, Illinois:
Conditions: Showers. Boo.
High Temperatures: Mid- 60s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USIL0033

League City, Texas:
Conditions: Scattered showers developing late.
High Temperatures: Mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.htm l
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USTX0745

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina:
Conditions: Isolated thunderstorms.
High Temperatures: Mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Isl and.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USSC0155

Charlotte, North Carolina:
Conditions: Isolated thunderstorms.
High Temperatures: Mid- 70s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNC0121

Las Vegas, Nevada:
Conditions: Sunny and breezy.
High Temperatures: Near 90.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNV0040

Davenport, Florida:
Conditions: Scattered thunderstorms.
High Temperatures: Upper 80s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USFL0104

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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