Stormy and windy tonight. Gorgeous rest of the week. Easter looking great!

It’s a windy one out there today, folks! We have a Wind Advisory in effect through Tuesday morning. Expect sustained winds 20-30mph, and gusts up to 50mph. The strongest winds will be tonight, as a line of showers and storms power through the region. Before we get there, expect highs in the mid to upper 60s this afternoon, with a mostly cloudy or overcast sky.

Showers will move in as early as 6pm, and widespread rain and storms will fill in the rest of the night. As far as severe weather goes, a few storms may have some isolated damaging winds, but that and heavy rainfall are pretty much our only concerns. The Storm Prediction Center has the southwest half of our viewing area in a level 1 out of 5 risk for severe weather for this reason.

Here is a more in-depth look at timing of rain and storms. I will add, I think our in house Futurecast model may be a tad slow and storms may move in slightly earlier, but this gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect. First, spotty showers will move in around dinner time, then the line of storms moves in afterward, pushing through the heart of our viewing area overnight. Again, winds will be quite gusty before rain and storms arrive, but I can’t rule out a few 60mph gusts as the leading edge of these storms approach.
Scattered showers will continue into Tuesday morning, and as rain moves out, winds will start to die down. It’ll still be quite gusty through the afternoon, but winds will alleviate enough to allow the Wind Advisory to expire during the morning.

Once we dry out Tuesday, it’s smooth sailing for the rest of the week! Expect abundant sunshine Wednesday through Good Friday. Easter weekend is looking pretty great! Aside from a stray shower Sunday, the weekend will be dry and temperatures will be nice- in the low to mid 70s. You can’t ask for better weather for trips to church, to see the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, outdoor meals, or whatever you have planned this weekend to celebrate our risen Savior.

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