Chicago Weather: A Wet Start On Thursday

CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist has your 10 p.m. RealTime Weather forecast for Thursday, April 7, 2021.

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MARY KAY KLEIST: A wet start to your day tomorrow. Models are showing that we will have scattered showers moving through at times. So you may need that umbrella. Even if it's not raining when you step out the door, probably take it with you because we have a good chance for rain tomorrow. In fact, our Morning Planner calls for a wet and mild start. Look at the temperatures-- low and middle 60s to start the day, with rain in the forecast. So it looks like it would be like at daybreak and then sort of picking up mid-morning here through the lunchtime hour. So kind of wet in the afternoon as well with scattered rain showers around.

And then on Friday morning, another round of rain moving through. This slow moving system we've been watching for a couple of days is finally going to be moving overhead tomorrow and then edging closer to Wisconsin on Friday. So that's why we're keeping it unsettled. Here is the current position of the storm itself. It's cut off from the jet stream, so it's just wobbling around tonight right over Kansas City. Stronger thunderstorms, severe weather here just ahead of the front. But now on the leading edge of this rain, we are going to watch for rain to move into the picture for us tonight.

So showers, a thunderstorm certainly possible overnight, but I think it's going to take a while for the main part of that line to move in. You can see on the counterclockwise spin here when I put it into motion, that's where that area of low pressure is. It is drawing moisture all the way from the Gulf of Mexico. So today when we hit 81 degrees, we had enough instability pulling in from the south. And that helped to give us that afternoon storm threat that we had. 72 right now at this late hour. We had a high today of 82 degrees. And it's colder on the other side of the system.

49 in Omaha. 45 in Fargo. So maybe a shower or storm tonight, but in the morning, scattered rain around. Here's 8:00 AM in the morning. And as we go through the day waves of passing showers around, at 3:00 PM we're looking at the Sox home opener, because there is about a 40% chance of rain. So maybe a delay or two with that game possibly. And then on Friday morning, another round of rain coming in, with temperatures beginning in the 50s. And during the afternoon, we're hoping to get some dry time going by the afternoon hours on Friday. It looks like a little less of a rain chance than tomorrow.

So tomorrow, 66. Friday, a high of about 62. And when we look at these precipitation chances, they are highest tomorrow and then lower on Friday. But on Saturday, there's a new piece of energy from the south that's actually going to merge with this slow moving storm and give us a chance for maybe some soaking rain Saturday night. We certainly do need it. And that could be the case. And then on Sunday morning, early leftover shower. And then we're hoping for some clearing. Then we start drying out after that. So that's how the 7 Day Planner shapes up.

Scattered showers around for the next couple of days with heavy rain Saturday night and maybe a daybreak shower Sunday. But then we start clearing the skies. And then temperatures go back to where they should be in the mid 50s, but not until Tuesday, Irika. So gone are the 80s, but we do stay warmer than normal with highs in the 60s.

IRIKA SARGENT: Yeah, still comfortable. Thank you, Mary Kay.