Rain is back today as we work through day 2 of our 3 day wet pattern. Yesterday’s moisture was more spotty, and favored northern Indiana. Today, we see better coverage and higher intensity rain. Moisture totals will be from a few hundredths to half an inch, with coverage at 60%. The best rains come tonight through tomorrow, where we can pick up an additional .25”-1” or better. We still look for total 3 day rains of up to 1.5” with some localized 2 inch potential possible. The map shows rain totals through Saturday night. We still are looking for cold air to blast in quickly behind this system tomorrow night into early Sunday, and it may come fast enough that we see a few sloppy wet snowflakes as the precipitation ends. Sunday will feature some clearing, but it will be chilly with strong north flow.
We continue to see a dry and sunny pattern for most of next week. Sun dominates from Monday through Thursday, although clouds will be on the increase Thursday afternoon. We see temps building through the period, getting back closer to normal and eventually above normal. Our next chance of rain develops overnight Thursday night through Friday, where we can see a few hundredths to a quarter of an inch of rain and 60% coverage. WE go right back to sun to finish out the rest of the 10 day window next Saturday and Sunday.
The extended period features a little more activity. We start it off dry on Monday the 8, but sun will be followed by clouds. Then we see rain developing after midnight Monday and continuing through Tuesday the 9th and Wednesday the 10th. That system brings .25”-.75” rain totals with 80% coverage. We take a break for the 11th, with rains back on Friday the 12th. That event looks relatively strong, and we are penciling in another .25”-.75” of rain and 90% coverage. We finish eh 11-16 day window with sun for Saturday the 13th.
Overall, there is probably more moisture in this forecast than we would like to see as we move into April and start thinking more and more about planting…but the moisture comes in a fashion that we should be able to deal with a little easier…we do not get dumped on excessively. In fact, the heaviest rains come in the next 48 hours.