Plenty of sunshine today, before we shift into a wetter pattern going forward. Still, even with that moisture potential, we are seeing some holes, and think that northern locations may be able to end up a little better off. Scattered showers start to develop overnight and then continue through the day tomorrow. We can’t rule out a thunderstorm or two, but think the bigger threat of those stays farther west. Rain totals for tonight and tomorrow will end up between .25”-1” with coverage at 90% of the state.
Thursday, we have a lot of leftover clouds, but not much in the way of moisture. So, cloudy to partly sunny skies are expected, but nothing more than a sprinkle or two. We should see at least a bit of drying. Then Friday turns out partly sunny in all areas. For the weekend, sun gives way to clouds on Saturday and showers develop across the state from south to north. Those showers bring .25″-.75″ with 80% coverage. Showers continue off and on Sunday, but only with an additional quarter inch or less, and 60% coverage. The map at right shows rain totals through Sunday, encompassing both the system tomorrow and the weekend event.
Next week looks mostly dry. We see partly to mostly sunny skies Monday through Thursday. On Friday we see sunshine over most of the state too but have to look out for a few scattered showers from US 50 south. That means most of the state sees 5 straight days of dry weather potential next week.
We finish out the extended period with a little more activity. Showers and thunderstorms are around for Saturday the 15th bringing .1”-.6” and 70% coverage. Then on Sunday we see a mix of clouds and sun up north, but a chance of late afternoon and evening showers south of I-70. Those showers can bring up to half an inch, but only 50% coverage. Monday the 17th shows potential for showers producing .05”-.45” rain and 60% coverage, then we go dry and partly sunny for Tuesday the 18th. Showers and thunderstorms are back for Wednesday the 19th over the northern half of the state, and could bring some bigger totals, from .25”-1.5” and 80% coverage.
So, generally speaking, the forecast is looking a little better, if we truly do see this pattern evolve this way. If we can see a couple days of drying and scoot by with rains in the lower end of the range tomorrow and this weekend, in our opinion we see an excellent chance of fieldwork next week…but how much really will come down to what combined rain totals end up being.