Isolated to scattered storms have shifted mostly south and east of Eau Claire this evening. These are heavy rain producers and there have been many reports of penny to nickle size hail with even a few just a bit bigger from Clark, through Jackson, Monroe and Juneau Counties.
The overnight will be mostly quiet, but a stray shower or storm is possible. Going into the weekend, rain chances will continue, but much of the time will be dry.
High pressure will do its best to keep the region dry as we start the weekend, and temperatures will again climb into the 80's Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately I can't keep rain chances completely out of the forecast.. this last work week had scattered activity each afternoon and evening, and there's no reason to believe we won't see a few more pop later Saturday. Still, for outdoor plans, they should be a go.. including Summer Fest downtown.. dress for summer weather, it will be warm and a bit humid.
Tomorrow we'll be watching a weak cold front across Southern Canada spill southward into Minnesota and eventually Northern Wisconsin. This will bring better chances for afternoon and evening storms in the Chippewa Valley. The morning hours will be dry, and we'll get some sunshine too.. leading to highs again in the 80's.. The severe threat looks to be low at this time, but some heavy rainfall would be likely in any storms.
The pattern remains a bit stormy into early next week as the front only slowly moves further south Monday and Tuesday. This will provide more scattered storm chances, especially on Monday. The movement of the front will have to be watched, but for now it looks to slowly push south Tuesday and Wednesday with diminishing rain chances. Temperatures will also be gradually cooling during this time period, though overall we should still end up being pretty close to average.