KCRG TV 9 First Alert Forecast
KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
TODAY: CLOUDY AND BREEZY WITH OCCASIONAL SHOWERS POSSIBLE. STEADY OR
SLOWLY FALLING TEMPERATURES. NORTHWEST 10-20 MPH.
TONIGHT: CLOUDY AND COOLER WITH SHOWERS LIKELY. LOW 37.
TOMORROW: MOSTLY CLOUDY AND COOL. HIGH 49.
EXTENDED OUTLOOK FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY:
A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS EACH DAY. HIGH’S IN THE 50’S. LOW’S IN THE 40’S.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 14.7-FEET & RISING
The upcoming weekend will be a complete turnaround from the sunny and mild conditions from last weekend. Umbrellas and jackets will be common Friday through Sunday. An initial round of rain is expected to possibly move in on Friday, and would be mainly in the afternoon and evening. The start of weekend plans may be impacted by this round of precipitation. It won’t be terribly cool, but temperatures will be slightly below normal in the 50s. On Saturday, you may not need the rain gear as much early in the day, but there is still a chance for a showers and storms by the afternoon and evening. It will also be cooler thanks to a brisk east-northeasterly wind. High temperatures are expected to only be in the 40s and 50s. That is 15-20 degrees below normal for late April. Rain is forecast to become likely again Saturday night and into Sunday. Temperatures will remain very cool with highs only expected to be in the 40s! Rainfall totals could exceed an inch or two by Monday morning, with the heaviest of rain most likely in our southern and eastern counties.
People who got an early start on spring flowers haven’t had to bother covering their plants every other night. While the past few mornings have been a bit cool, they stayed above freezing – a common situation throughout this month. On average, Cedar Rapids has seven days each April with a low temperature of 32 degrees or colder. Dubuque has seven or eight, while Iowa City has five. Waterloo has an average of nine or 10 such mornings. Of course, it does vary from year to year, and 2017 will go down on the low end of the range. Through April 24, Cedar Rapids has had just two mornings with a freezing temperature. That’s the fewest since 1999! Dubuque and Iowa City have also had just two freezing mornings. Waterloo has had three. The average last 32-degree low of the season comes in the last week of April, but it sometimes holds off until early May. While the next several days ought to remain above freezing, we’re not out of the woods just yet.
Although it shouldn’t be a completely soggy second day of the workweek, a few light showers may move across the area during the day. Those showers become more likely at night. A system approaching from the west will be the culprit for any precipitation we see on Tuesday. However, any activity that does develop should be mainly isolated or widely scattered. Only very light amounts of rain would be possible. Tuesday night, a cold front and low pressure system slide into eastern Iowa, and help trigger more numerous showers. A few thunderstorms are also possible, but severe weather is not expected. Showers are expected to continue into Wednesday night and come to an end early on Thursday. Total rainfall by Thursday morning could range from 0.50’’ to 1.00’’, with the heaviest most likely in our southeast counties. Dry conditions are expected for Thursday and a good portion of Friday before rain chances return for the weekend.
We’ll see the sunshine again today! Only this time, we’ll be much warmer. Winds will switch directions this afternoon and begin to blow of out of the south at 5 to 10 mph. This makes a huge impact on our temperatures. We’ll warm into the low 70s. Make sure to get outside again today! The Kernels have their first pitch this afternoon at 2:05 PM at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium or if you’d like just take a nice walk. Monday will bring a few more clouds, but you’ll still see the sun. Expect temperatures to rise back into the low 70s. Winds Monday will be a bit blustery. Winds will blow out of the south at 15 to 25 mph. Wind gusts will likely be stronger at times. Unfortunately the fantastic spring like weather disappears into the week. Rain chances move in and temperatures drop into the 50s. Rain chances will be off and on throughout the week. Don’t expect it to be a wash out by any means.
High temperatures today will be slightly warmer than yesterday’s thanks to a little more sunshine and of course a much lighter northerly wind. High pressure sits just to our north, which is the reason we’ll be so beautiful this weekend. Clear skies will stick around for the evening hours and lows will drop back into the upper 30s and low 40s. Sunday comes in with a lot of sunshine and even warmer temperatures! Highs will warm into the upper 60s and for some, you may even hit 70 degrees. The sun will help us out, but this time of year we really depend on wind direction to kick out temperatures up. So expect a wind out of the south on Sunday at roughly 5 to 10 mph. The fantastic weather sticks with us throughout Monday with partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 60s, however the clouds will thicken even more throughout the day. Our next weather maker is moving closer to eastern Iowa. The chance for showers and storms will begin Tuesday and precede into late week.