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This is the 6-10 day long range outlook from the Climate Prediction Center. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to see the Midwest is expected to have well above normal temperatures and precipitation in the period March 9-13th

One only needs to take a quick look at the 500mb jet stream pattern for that time frame to see why. There are big height anomalies (negative west) and (positive east) representing a strong trough/ridge couplet over the nation.

In the west cold air resides within the trough and over the central and east, warm relatively moist air is being pumped northeast ahead of the cold pool. Where the two air masses clash, you have the fight zone (baroclinic boundary) where storms are born

These are the temperature departures the EURO sees with this set-up by Tuesday and Wednesday.

A closer perspective shows readings late next Tuesday 20-25 degrees above normal. Some places in Minnesota are up more than 32 degrees

The EURO suggests those departures produce highs that look like this next Tuesday.

With that type of warmth and such a stout SW flow for 72 hours, moisture is going to find its way deep into the upper Midwest. Available water vapor next Wednesday is shown exceeding 1 inch as far north as Minneapolis.

From my region north into Minnesota the water vapor levels are 2.5 to 4 times normal values. That indicates an unusually moisture rich system for so early in March.

That in turn fuels a strong storm on the nose of the powerful jet mid-week.

Here's the same surface reflection Wednesday evening showing precipitation wrapping into the center on brisk SW winds.

My area will be in the warm sector meaning rain will be the precipitation of choice. There's enough moisture and warmth to fuel instability that could pop Thunderstorms Wednesday. It's not overwhelming but the EURO does generate CAPE (convective available energy) which suggest the thunderstorm potential. This is the first time since last fall I have noted CAPE in the Midwest which is a good sign spring is waking up.

The product below depicts areas of lightning density and flash rates. This run indicates plenty of it ahead of the cold front as it advances through Iowa.