Watching a late-week storm chance

First Alert Day issued for Friday
Some storms could be strong.
Published: Mar. 29, 2023 at 5:28 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2023 at 11:26 AM CDT
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  • Sunny but cool today
  • Next system moves in Thursday evening
  • Strong storms possible on Friday

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - In typical Wisconsin spring fashion, we have a wide array of weather headed our way in just the next 3 days. We had some light snow this morning, then a little bit of rain, or a wintry mix will arrive late on Thursday, then an Alert Day on Friday as we watch a chance for strong storms.

Skies have cleared after a cold front moved through this morning so we’ll continue with sunshine this afternoon. Temperatures will remain cool though, only in the mid-30s for highs today. Thursday will start off quiet and sunny but a bit breezy. We’ll see the beginning of our next system edge its way into the region Thursday evening, possibly bringing a rain/snow mix depending on temperatures.

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That’s all as a warm front moves through Thursday night, so we’ll transition any wintry mixing to just rain by Friday as temperatures continue to warm to the 50s, then 60s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely through Friday, with strong southerly winds gusting close to 40 mph at times.

Our severe storm potential will arrive in the evening as a cold front pushes through. At this point, the higher threat for strong storms is in eastern Iowa and northern Illinois. That is where these storms will ignite, and there’s a chance they could exhaust a lot of their energy before reaching southern Wisconsin. The possibility for some stronger storms locally is still there, which is why we’ve issued a First Alert Day so you know that’s something to watch closely.

Cooler air will begin to filter in on Saturday, bringing a chance for snow on the backside of this system as it moves out of the region. The second half of the weekend is looking quiet and warmer, with warmer temps continuing into next week.

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