Cool, somewhat wet weekend expected

Posted at 6:21 AM, Apr 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-30 06:21:21-04

WEST MICHIGAN — If you get a chance to get out and enjoy the sunshine early on your Saturday morning, go ahead and do it. This sun will be short-lived as a large area of low pressure over the central Plains as of this writing continues to move to the east and northeast.

As this low approaches, clouds will increase along with our chance of rain. Some southern portions of the FOX 17 viewing area could already see some shower activity as early as 2:00 this afternoon. This rain threat will move northward through the latter afternoon hours and into the evening. I think Grand Rapids and the I-96 corridor will see scattered showers as soon as 5pm, and a steadier rain by 8pm.

Future Track

We will be on the cool, more stable side of this low as it treks through the Ohio Valley tonight. This means we generally won’t experience thunderstorms, and will instead experience periods of light to moderate rain. The rain will add up, however, with some areas seeing close to 3/4 of an inch.

Future Track Rain Totals

Our area of low pressure will continue eastward into eastern Ohio and Pennsylvania on Sunday, and we will experience breezy and cool conditions with lingering cloud cover on its backside. In fact, a few lingering showers will be possible throughout the day as this low continues to rotate just to our southeast. The northeasterly wind we’ll experience on the west side of this low will keep temperatures about ten degrees below average for this time of year — in the middle 50s at best. Warmer temperatures can be expected for the beginning of the workweek.