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Rain, storms arrive Wednesday

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After a gorgeous Easter weekend and May-like conditions to start off the week, an approaching system shakes up the atmosphere by producing clouds, rain, storms and cooler temperatures Wednesday.

The frontal system will push rain into the western Midlands early Wednesday morning, between 5:00 and 7:00 a.m., and will continue moving east before clearing the Midlands by the late afternoon. Cloudy skies and rain cooled air will keep peak daytime temperatures in the 70s.

While thunderstorms are not expected to be a big concern, there is the potential for isolated severe thunderstorms especially in the eastern Midlands during the afternoon. Damaging wind would be the main concern with the strongest storms.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center designated portions of the Midlands with a Marginal Risk of severe weather. A Marginal Risk designation means isolated severe thunderstorms are possible. The storms are generally limited in coverage, duration and intensity.

Rainfall totals are expected to be light with most locations seeing less than a quarter inch of rain. The front pushing the rain is expected to push showers and storms quickly across the area which doesn't give them much time to drop rain. Unfortunately, the Midlands could use higher rainfall totals given the ongoing drought status, An update to the United States Drought Monitor is expected Thursday. You can see the current drought status here.

Behind the front, much cooler and drier air will arrive as overnight temperatures drop into the chilly category Wednesday and Thursday nights. Highs on Thursday will only be in the 60s compared to Monday and Tuesday's highs in the mid to upper 80s.

For you full seven day forecast, click here.

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