Weekend Weather Forecast for the North Shore

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Temperatures will be cooler compared to last weekend; however, temperatures will still average above normal in the next several days. The remnants of a cut-off low pressure system will slide to our south by Saturday with scattered light showers possible through Saturday afternoon. The second half of the weekend looks much improved with a good day to take a bike ride or scenic walk.

Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of scattered light rain showers, mist and drizzle from 12 a.m. to 3 p.m.

     Rain Amounts: 0.02 to 0.10 inches

     Low temp: 53 degrees Fahrenheit

     High temp: 64 degrees Fahrenheit

     Wind: Northeast at 5-10 mph

Sunday: Mostly sunny and pleasant.

      Low temp: 49 degrees Fahrenheit

      High temp: 62 degrees Fahrenheit

      Wind: Northeast at 5-10 mph

Monday: Partly sunny and warmer.

      Low temp: 49 degrees Fahrenheit

      High temp: 66 degrees Fahrenheit

      Wind: Southeast at 10-18 mph

Your Week Ahead: March 23 to March 30

A mild weather pattern will continue during this time with no signs of artic air through at least the beginning of April.

Temperature Trends: Temperatures will continue to average above normal.

Precipitation Trends: Precipitation will average near normal.

Weekend Pattern: A cut-off low will be in a weakening phase this weekend with the best chance of rain occurring to our north and south today with lighter showers possible into Saturday over much of northeast Illinois. As the upper-low moves toward the Ohio Valley region, drier air will filter into our area with an awesome Sunday expected area-wide.

Early to Midweek Pattern: As the next storm forms in the Plains, warmer air will be drawn north into the Midwest with cooler temps near the lake with a more persistent lake breeze developing. This will set the stage for an increased risk of showers/t-storms along a warm front on Tuesday with the possibility of some strong storms during this time. As the low moves closer to our region, showers and t-storms will continue on Wednesday with some storms possibly becoming severe during the afternoon and evening near or just to our south.

Late Week Pattern: High pressure will build in toward the end of the period with cooler temperatures possible for a few days as winds shift in from the north and northeast.

Temperatures: While weather records will not be broken, temps will still average above normal with highs still averaging about 15 degrees above normal Friday and 10 to 15 degrees above normal through the weekend. Highs in the 70s will return by the beginning of the week with more seasonal temps expected by the end of the period behind a cold front.  Low temps over the next seven to 10 days will range between 45 and 52.

Severe Weather Watch

Since severe weather season is quickly approaching, here are a few safety tips below to prepare for the season:

Severe T-storm Watch: Severe t-storms are possible in your area. A watch usually lasts an average of six hours.

Severe T-storm Warning: Severe t-storms are occurring in and around your area. Now is a good time to get indoors and go to a place of safety.

Look out for:

-A dark sky to the west

-Strong winds (greater than 58 mph)

-Large hail

-Dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning

-Sometimes severe t-storms also produce tornadoes with very little notice.

Source: The National Weather Service

Severe Weather Outlook: The risk of severe weather will increase on March 27 and March 28 for parts of the area.

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