TODAY'S FORECAST: Mostly sunny, high near 45

Seven-day local weather forecast for Mar. 19 through Mar. 25

Enjoy! The first day of spring is Monday.

The article above is based on information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS). Thunderstorms producing small hail are possible beginning Tuesday, the NWS predicts. Right now it looks like most of the rain and snow will pass north of the area, but we'll track that potential through the week.

Tuesday.Mostly sunny through early afternoon then becoming partly cloudy. South winds will be sustained at 10-20 miles per hour and may gust to near 25-30 miles per hour at times. North wind 7 to 14 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 22 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. Madison's 2017 precipitation total (rain plus snow converted to liquid) stayed at 5.74 inches, 1.87 inches above normal.

Friday Night. Showers and thunderstorms likely. East northeast wind around 10 miles per hour.

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers.

Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 8 p.m.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with lows in the mid- to upper 30s. Northwest wind 9 to 11 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 29 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. With the passing of this wave we could see a rain shower in spots (possibly sleet or freezing rain to the north).

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Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. South-southeast wind around 5 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Thursday night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Otherwise, look for partly cloudy skies.

Friday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 58. Cloudy, with a low around 56.

Saturday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.

Wednesday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

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