July 23, 2016 Updated: 8:50 PM
A break from the wet weather for now but another round of storms are beginning to develop along a cold front in Minnesota. Those storms look to sweep through western Wisconsin during the early morning hours bringing one last chance for some rain for the weekend.
Some relief finally from the heat earlier this week. A low pressure system and warm front just off to our west swept in this morning producing some isolated strong storms. The rain and cloud cover associated with the storms has limited afternoon warmth. Most locations stayed in the 70's this afternoon. Many locations saw heavy rain earlier today. Flooding has been an issue for some locations. Some areas to the south have reported over 4 inches of rain!
We can expect another round of storms during the overnight hours, this time moving in from the northwest. As these storms organized the severe threat is looking a little lower. As they develop and move into western Wisconsin we still may see some heavy rain and damaging winds. Flooding may be a concern for some locations due to the already saturated ground. A few Flood Watches are in effect into early Sunday for some parts of western Wisconsin. Storms should then begin to exit early tomorrow. The second half of the weekend is looking drier. We'll see increasing sunshine Sunday with highs back in the mid 80's.
A fairly zonal flow looks to take hold the first half of next week. This means a quieter and more typical start to the last week of July. High temperatures currently look to hold in the low/mid 80's along with dry weather and sunny skies both Monday and Tuesday. Storm chances may return by the midweek, though so we'll keep and eye on it. As we round out the work week and head into the last few days of July temperatures look to cool back into the 70's and low 80's for highs... some "real" relief for this latest heatwave.
Have a great rest of the weekend!
-Meteorologist Drew Williams