A cloudy, cool start to April, then spring sun and warmth return

Posted at 11:27 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 23:27:48-04

WEST MICHIGAN — Hang in there, folks, just one more day of mainly cloudy and cool conditions is expected before more spring-like weather returns for several days. After four straight occasions of virtually no sunshine going back to Saturday, we likely turn out with mostly cloudy skies on Wednesday once again. Temperatures will struggle one more time as a result with highs in the mid/upper 40s.

A change in our weather pattern starts to occur Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning as a stubborn trough of low pressure over the Great Lakes finally edges off to the east allowing for high pressure to build in from the west.

Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast from start to finish on Thursday with just some high clouds filtering sunshine during the afternoon and early evening hours. A good-looking day is in store with temperatures returning to the mid to upper 50s. Most of us will see very light winds Thursday. See forecast high model temperatures below.

Friday looks to continue the warmup as we head for the lower 60s during the afternoon. High and mid-level clouds will filter sunshine but overall fairly bright conditions are anticipated. A light southeast wind all the way to the water will allow lakeshore communities to feel the warmer readings as well.

Another weak, moisture-starved system/cold front brings our next chance for scattered showers on Saturday afternoon/evening. Most spots will likely only tally less than a quarter of an inch. Look for temperatures in the mid 50s. You can see the cold front in our graphic below valid on Friday at 4 P.M. That front arrives Saturday for increased rain chances.

Right now it appears as though Sunday should be gorgeous with plenty of sun and numbers rebounding to near 60 degrees. Even warmer temperatures in the mid/upper 60s are expected for the beginning of next week. Our longer range upper level pattern temperature map below shows much warmer tones/colors arriving next week. Those yellow colors are expected to translate to upper 60s to possibly low 70s! Enjoy.

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