Seeking warm spring weather? Dreams will come true

Cool and wet weather to start the spring will give way to warmer temperatures with spots reaching 70F or higher next week.

For those of us longing for some warmer weather and a real feel to spring, there is hope as temperatures will surge above normal late this weekend into next week.

We have been trapped much of this spring under a chilly northwest flow aloft which is preventing any warmth from getting close, but a big pattern shift is underway which will allow for warmer air to finally spill in across the Upper Great Lakes region.

Winds will buckle southerly Friday with temperatures climbing out of the 40's Thursday into the 50's Friday. By the weekend, temperatures will continue to rise with highs Saturday reaching to near 60 and well into the 60's by Sunday. If you have weekend plans, dry weather will prevail with a decent amount of sunshine.

A frontal boundary approaches Monday touching off a few rain showers, but after that front washes out, more sustained south winds will really amp up the warmth with several indications in the medium range forecast guidance showing 60's areawide, with many spots pushing the low/mid-70's perhaps next Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be a few showers and/or spring thunderstorms Monday and Wednesday.