Rain chances, mild temps the next few days

Sharply cooler air arrives later this week
Posted at 6:18 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 21:02:04-04

WEST MICHIGAN — We can all enjoy temperatures at 60 degrees or better the next few days, but it will likely come with a few chances of showers and perhaps a thunderstorm or two. Afterwards, high temperatures are expected to drop sharply into the 40s by Thursday and Friday behind these systems.

Let's talk timing! Our next chance of a few showers arrive Monday night, especially from Grand Rapids to the south. We may see some sunshine on Tuesday, but by the evening/night time hours a round of showers and perhaps a few thunderstorms are likely as a low pressure system track over the state. Some of these storms may be on the strong to possibly severe side across our southern counties with wind as the primary threat. The risk is quite low, but there is a slight chance. See the outlook from the Storm Prediction Center below. The image attached to this story is what we expect the weather map to look like Tuesday evening at 9 P.M. with low pressure over the state.

Total rainfall from the systems on both Monday and Tuesday look to be in the neighborhood of .50" or less. See image below from our GFS forecast model.

Another frontal system slides through the state Wednesday evening/night with another round of some rain showers likely. It is behind this system that sharply cooler air will filter into our state with highs only in the 40s Thursday and Friday. Normal highs for this time of year have us in the middle 50s.

We expect to be back up around 50 by next weekend with drier conditions. Get the complete West Michigan forecast at