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Today: Sunny to partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon.
High: 79 Wind: WNW 5-10

Saturday: Patchy fog early, then sunny to partly cloudy.
High: 81 Wind: SW~5

The weather pattern will change a bit over the next few days, but the end result on the ground will be about the same. We will transition from an upper level low pressure dominating the Great Lakes region weather to a more west to east flow of storms. The upper level low pressure system has brought scattered showers and storms every day this week, and the new weather pattern will bring high chances of rain from later Sunday through about Thursday of next week.

There will be a high chance of thunderstorms for this afternoon. It will be a lot like Tuesday of this week. Some of the storms will contain some small hail and brief gust winds. Some of the heavier downpours could produce up to a half inch of rain but not everyone will get hit. The shower and storm activity will be scattered about. The hail might be large enough to prompt a severe thunderstorm or two, like other days this week, but there is not a big threat of severe weather. Just go inside to avoid the hail and lightning, and everything should be okay. When will the scattered storms develop? Around mid afternoon and then they will continue through about sunset. There might be a bit of rain for the concert tonight at the Wisconsin Valley Fair. Overall, it will be a fairly decent Summer day for this Friday with highs in the upper 70s to near 80, but you might have to dodge a storm or two.

Saturday looks to be the driest day in the outlook with partly cloudy skies and high temps in the low 80s. An isolated shower could pop-up in the afternoon, but the chances are low. Most areas should stay dry. The weather should be dry again for Sunday morning, but later in the afternoon the chance of storms will go up to about 60% as a weak cool front moves in from the northwest. Again, there might be some small hail and brief gusty winds from some of the storms.

The front will stall over the upper Midwest from Monday through Thursday and weak low pressure moving along that front will continue to produce chances of rain and storms each day. It is unlikely that we will have all day rainfall, but you might get wet at times each day from Monday through Thursday. Some heavier rain is possible as well. With more clouds in the area, high temps will mainly be in the 70s.

Have a swell Friday! Meteorologist Justin Loew, 4:00 a.m. 1-August-2014

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