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Mix to rain today, soggy start to spring Thursday

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MADISON (WKOW) - Expect active weather for your midweek with the showers sticking around for the start of spring.

SPRING BEGINS
The vernal equinox begins Thursday at 10:50 pm CT.

This is the exact moment the sun's rays hit the equator at a perpendicular angle. This allows a nearly equal amount of daylight for the northern and southern hemispheres.

Explanation of the season with respect to the sun's angle from NOAA

FORECAST
A snow mix has developed ahead of our incoming area of low pressure.

Highest chance for a couple slick spots on untreated pavement will be north and northeast of Madison.

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Precipitation changes over to all rain by mid-morning and will continue scattered in nature through tapering in the afternoon.

Cloudy skies and seasonal temps in the low to mid 40s.

Rain re-develops Thursday morning and picks up intensity in the afternoon.

As the main, stronger low pressure moves our way, we could hear a couple rumbles of thunder in the afternoon and evening. Highest chance for that will be farther south.

We'll pick up around an inch of rain causing some a minor flood concern for low-lying areas.

Forecast rain totals Wednesday through early Friday

Temps warm considerably on Thursday to the mid and upper 50s for the start of spring.

As the low passes by, on its backside, we filter in a breeze and colder air. We'll see a light mix before the system exits early Friday.

Temps will be in the 30s with wind chills in the 20s.

The weekend looks nice. A chilly start early Saturday in the teens before rebounding to the mid 30s in the afternoon with lots of sunshine.

More sunshine Sunday with temps climbing to the low and mid 40s.

50s return Monday and Tuesday.

Max Tsaparis

Wake Up Wisconsin Meteorologist

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