Saturday, February 18, 2017 Latest Update: 10:45 PM
Plenty of sunshine once again today and temperatures warmed up comfortably as well. Highs today topped out in the 50's and 60's across the region and we'll see more of the same for the second half of the weekend. We stay dry until late Monday when rain showers return to western Wisconsin.
A great start to the weekend temperatures were slightly cooler today than Friday but still topping out in the 50's and low 60's for most locations. About 20 degrees above average for most spots but still a few degrees shy of record values. Winds today have been light from the west today and will shift to the south overnight and calm down even more. That being said, there is a chance of some patchy fog developing overnight. Overnight lows will be in the upper 20's and low 30's.
Lots of sunshine again Sunday as the large upper ridge that is responsible for the unusual warmth will remain over the region through tomorrow and into the start of the work week. Temperatures should warm up a little more on Sunday as the next warm front develops in the Plains and moves east. Southerly flow will start to increase, helping to bring milder air northward. Sunday will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid and upper 50's.
Monday has the potential to be the mildest day, but it will all depend on the timing of an incoming cold front. Clouds will be returning Sunday night into Monday morning while some rain is likely in the afternoon. Highs will again be in the 50's with a southerly breeze and dew points that also look to rise above 50. Though instability will be very marginal, a weak thunderstorm will also be possible. Once the front exits, drier air will return on Tuesday but it won't really be any colder behind this front. Weak high pressure will lead to a mostly sunny sky and highs again in the 50's. We will be watching to see how the pattern breaks down next week, as there are indications a larger storm could come into play late next week when temperatures will be dropping. The chance at snow showers returning to parts of western Wisconsin is there late Thursday into next Friday. Until then, enjoy the warmer weather and have a great rest of the weekend!
-Meteorologist Drew Williams