Brandon Weatherz: Melting machine kicks into high gear

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The big story with the weather is the warmth through Wednesday and the melting it’ll bring. Flooding is possible in low-lying and flood prone locations as rivers, creeks, and streams rise. A wetter pattern begins Thursday and takes us through the weekend, with rain on snow also assisting in melting. As of now, the wettest conditions will be north near the Canadian border. Snow will enter the mix Saturday and remain possible through Sunday night.

Lake Superior’s influence on temps will be greatest Thursday and Friday due to a breezy northeast wind. Today through Wednesday, a southwest wind will keep the cooler conditions limited to areas immediately by the lake and along the North Shore of Cook County.

Our Monday begins with localized areas of fog and mild temps in 30s and 40s. We top off in mid-50s to low 60s under mostly sunny skies. Cloud cover increases tonight, and temps once again stay mostly above freezing with lows in the 30s and 40s across the Northland. Tomorrow will see most areas in low to upper 60s. The warmth peaks on Wednesday with highs ranging from low 60s north to mid-70s south.

Today: Mostly sunny. High 56. WSW wind 5-15 mph.

Tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy. Low 39. WSW wind 5-15 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy early, then becoming mostly sunny. High 64. SW wind 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear. Low 44. SW wind 5-10 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 66. WSW wind 5-15 mph.

Thursday: Cloudy and breezy with a chance for showers. High 52. NE wind 10-15 mph. Chance of rain: 40%

Friday: Cloudy and breezy with a chance for showers. High 47. E wind 10-20 mph. Chance of rain: 40%

Saturday: Cloudy and breezy with rain, possibly mixed with snow. High 45. NE wind 10-20 mph. Chance of precip: 60%

Sunday: Cloudy and breezy with rain and snow. High 44. NNW wind 15-20 mph. Chance of precip: 40%