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Brief Break from Rain Next Week

The current wet weather system will be heading northeast and away from the Midwest tonight, but planters will be sidelined still with a second weather system coming in right on its heels bring fairly extensive rainfall. 

“I can’t imagine too many people will be able to do any work over the weekend,” says Dan Hicks, meteorologist at Freese-Notis Weather. 

Next week will bring a gradual warming trend throughout the Midwest helping temperatures get back in the normal range. With more chances for sunshine, soil temperatures should improve. Even on a cool day, a bit of sun can make a big difference in soil temperatures.

Don’t get too used to that dryness, though. Right when fields get dry enough to work in, there will be more showers in sight.

“We might have a five- to six-day window of dryness, but I don’t see two weeks of dry weather by any means,” Hicks says. “The Midwest will see a drier trend next week, but beyond that point it looks like it starts getting wetter again.”

That wetness can be expected toward the end of the current six- to 10-day forecast and definitely within 11 to 15 days.

Hicks foresees western Iowa and eastern Nebraska farmers struggling to keep up with the average five-year planting pace due to the wetness the areas have seen and will continue to see. 

Here’s an idea of what’s coming to each state, according to the National Weather Service: 

  • Illinois: High winds and rain should start after 1 a.m. on Friday and continue most of Saturday into Sunday. By Sunday night, it should be cloudy with the rain cleared. Monday through Thursday should bring mostly sunny weather with temperatures reaching 70°F. on Wednesday. 
  • Indiana: Saturday and Sunday will be consumed with showers and thunderstorms. Tuesday night into Wednesday there is a 20% to 30% chance of showers. Otherwise, Monday through Thursday will have temperatures in the range of 63°F. to 67°F. during the day.
  • Iowa: After 1 a.m. on Friday night, showers will start and continue through Sunday when there is only a 20% chance of precipitation. Monday through Wednesday will be mostly sunny with temperatures reaching 70°F. on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Minnesota: Temperatures will be in the upper 50s Friday through Sunday with strong winds on Friday and Saturday. Saturday through Thursday will be mostly sunny to sunny with temperatures in the 60s Monday through Thursday. 
  • Missouri: After 1 p.m. on Friday, there will be a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Chances are good for showers throughout Saturday and into Sunday when there’s a 30% of precipitation. The sun should appear in part or in full every day from Monday until Thursday. Temperatures will range from 65°F. to 74°F. 
  • Nebraska: Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, showers will start and continue through Sunday when there’s a 30% chance of showers. Monday through Thursday should be sunny with temperatures ranging from 60°F. to 73°F.
  • North Dakota: Friday and Saturday should be sunny, windy, and 57°F. Sunday through Thursday mostly sunny to sunny with temperatures reaching 67°F. on Tuesday. 
  • South Dakota: After a cloudy Friday, a 30% chance of precipitation will loom starting after 1 a.m. and lasting through Saturday night. Sunday through Thursday should be full of sunshine with temperatures reaching 70°F. on Tuesday and Wednesday. 
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