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Explaining the active weather pattern

The weather pattern continues to be active as we head through April with periods of rain and above average temperatures. The upper level winds are coming in from west to east off the Pacific Ocean, carrying mild air across the country. Along with this, waves of low pressure or “disturbances” are also carried in with this pattern. These waves carry pockets of colder air aloft with them, making the air more unstable which can lead to the development of rain and storms.

Our next chance of showers moves in Thursday but will be confined to areas north of I-70 in the afternoon. Some spotty showers and isolated storms are possible as the first of the series of upper waves move through.

A better chance of rain moves through Friday with more numerous showers and t-storms from morning into early afternoon as the next wave moves through. As of now, this looks like it will pass to our east during the afternoon, leaving us dry Friday night through Saturday.

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