A wet pattern sets up for the weekend with a chance for rain on each day through Monday. The good news is as we go into the weekend no day looks to be a washout with several hours each day that will be rain free. The unsettled nature of the weather is making it difficult to get an accurate read on what to expect with high temperatures through the weekend. We have a chance to hit 70° Thursday, but it isn’t a sure thing. We also have a couple more chances of days where if things don’t break wrong we should hit the 70s. The average first 70° day in Indianapolis is March 19, so we are really past due.
A couple of days ago, 70 degrees for today looked like a sure thing, but I was worried about the late day front. While the front is tracking in about when we expected we will see clouds associated with the front rolling into the state in the morning and affecting Indianapolis by late morning. The rain holds off until later on this evening, but the afternoon clouds may be enough to keep us out of the 70s. Of course, clouds didn’t stop us from hitting 60 yesterday. Temperatures are about 10 degrees warmer than 24 hours ago this morning behind an overnight warm front and we should see highs about 10 degrees above what we saw yesterday.
Just want to add that while most will see rain showers and an isolated storm along the cold front Thursday night, there appears to be at least enough instability where we could see some stronger storms. Hail and strong wind gusts may develop in some of the stronger storms.
If we don’t hit the 70s, we will have two more chances this weekend as both Saturday and Sunday will have a chance to hit 70. Rain chances may also play spoiler over the weekend with scattered rain possible right in the middle of the day on Saturday and late afternoon rain possible on Sunday. Sunday night’s rain could come in the way of a couple of stronger storms passing through the state. There’s also the chance for hail.