By Jim Noel, NoAA
We are in a more active weather pattern now that will last the rest of April. We expect a storm system every 3 or 4 days. Overall, rainfall events will be classified as moderate in nature. But with the high frequency we expect rain for the rest of April to be slightly above normal. Expect 1.5 to 3 inches of rain for the most part for the rest of April. Isolated totals to 4 inches can’t be ruled out. Normal rainfall is 1.5 to 2.0 inches.
As for temperatures, expect typical spring big swings. Highs will range for the most part from the 50s to 70s and lows 30s to 50s. Normal highs are now mostly in the 60s and lows near 40. A few mornings of frost or marginal freeze conditions are still possible for the rest of April but no hard freezes in the mid 20s or below are expected.
On thing to note, with the storm later this week as the storm goes by there will be a dump of cold air this weekend. This could cause the light rain showers to possibly mix with a bit of wet snow flakes in some western and northern areas about Saturday. However, it will be insignificant if it did occur.
Looking into May, conditions are expected to improve for planting with temperatures slightly warmer than normal and precipitation normal or slightly below normal. Even if the rest of April is not ideal for planting it does appear a window will open up for planting in May.
The latest forecasts can always be gotten at: https://www.weather.gov/.