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Wet Wednesday but improvements coming; Storms bookend the long holiday weekend

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Clouds are on the increasing thorough the night s a new storm system approaches.  Showers are due here after 12 am with coverage and intensity increasing by sunrise.  Travel early Wednesday will be marred by the rain, wet roads and reduced visibility.

The rain will come in two surges with perhaps a lull around noon.  Coverage will reach 80% of the area by daybreak the drop only to increase again by evening.  Travel will be impacted across the entire Midwest so be patient, careful and check flight status for possible delays.




A chill is on the 'menu' for this Thanksgiving.  In the wake of the departing system, cooler northwest breezes will blow.   Any 'leftover' showers will be light and ending in the morning.  Temperatures are expected to run steady in the middle to upper 40s during the afternoon. It will be as much as 15 degrees cooler than last Thanksgiving, when we reached 62°, the 7th warmest on record.


The warmest Thanksgiving ever came  in 1971 with a high of 69°. Talk about cold turkey!   The coldest Thanksgiving in 1930 dropped to 1° in the morning.



High pressure will build in behind a minor passing system early friday and we will see brighter skies.  Temperatures are expected to be near normal but warming into the 50s especially by Sunday afternoon.  A new storm will arrive with wind late Sunday and rain by Monday.  If travelling back Monday this storm could cause some delays again Monday though Tuesday with wide-spread rain, wind and even a few thunderstorms.  Snow is likely in the cold sector of the storm.  We will monitor trends.