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Warm & dry Election Day ahead of midweek rain, thunder chances

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Showers and storms make a return for the middle of the week, but dry and warm weather sticks around for one more day.

Warm and generally dry Election Day:

Polling places opened up at 6 a.m. Tuesday and if voting is on the plan for the day, weather shouldn't slow anyone down. Now is where I interject to say that weather should never prevent one from voting, but I digress.

The morning hours feature a quick round of clouds as showers move through Southern Wisconsin. Showers and storms stay north of the Stateline, but the clouds keep skies more cloudy than not through 9 a.m.

If sneezing is a common pastime of late, it's thanks to the increasing pollen levels.

Abundant sunshine allows afternoon temperatures to reach into the upper 70s to near 80°. In Rockford, the average first 80° high occurs around April 20th, so Tuesday's high could be a few weeks ahead of schedule.

Dry skies remain in place through the overnight hours, with lows by early Wednesday dropping into the 50s. While conditions start dry, the afternoon and evening hours bring a return to shower and thunderstorm chances.

Midweek rainy pattern:

Wednesday morning features generally dry conditions, with only an isolated shower possible. Better chances for precipitation move in by midday, with a rumble or two of thunder possible.

Wednesday won't be a washout, with rain chances ramping up after sunset. A stubborn cutoff low pressure area meanders near the Stateline overnight Wednesday into Thursday. This promises multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms during the overnight hours Wednesday.

Enjoy Tuesday's sunshine and warmth. Cooler and rainier days are ahead.

Severe weather does not look likely, as the best ingredients for severe storms remain well to the southwest. Of course if anything changes, the 13 Weather Authority will keep you informed both on-air and online.

Showers and a few early morning thunderstorms are likely through early Thursday. With the cloudy and showery conditions Thursday, high temperatures fall back closer to average. The cooler conditions look to stick around through the upcoming weekend.

Cooling off for the weekend:

After shower chances dwindle late in the work week, cooler weather sets up. Highs Saturday and Sunday only top out into the low-to-mid-60s, which is much closer to average than Tuesday's 80° forecast high.

The cooler weather could get even more drastic, as highs drop back into the 50s by the middle of the next work week. Looking at the 8 to 14 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center, cooler-than-average temperatures could last through the middle of the month.

Justin Ballard

Justin Ballard joined 13 WREX as the weekday morning meteorologist. He’s a proud graduate of UNC-Charlotte and happy to call Rockford home.

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