After partly sunny skies and temperatures peaking in the middle 40s, some 11 degrees above normal, rain spread over our area from the south Thursday evening. The precipitation-triggering low pressure system centered far to our south will move into the Carolinas later Friday into Saturday with the rain departing our area to the east. With a melting snowpack in the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia and the 1-3 inches of rainfall expected widespread flooding will occur from Georgia north up the southeast Atlantic seaboard states.
Here an extended period of above normal temperatures are expected. Friday and Saturday a northeast wind will hold readings in the 30s right along the lakefront, but temperatures will warm into the 40s inland. Actually for the next 7 days Chicago area highs will average 7-10 degrees above normal.