LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Darren Maier
*SCATTERED RAIN CHANCES THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING THEN DRIER AND LESS HUMID THE REST OF THE WEEK*
After picking up inches of rain in the last day or two, much of our Monday has been much drier through the majority of our area. Water levels on area rivers and streams will continue to rise, with minor to moderate flooding forecast in the coming days.
All of the rain has been associated with a very slow moving front that is now draped across Southern Wisconsin. This has allowed slightly drier air to arrive, with dew points dropping from the tropical 70's down into the 60's. We are still seeing a few scattered showers in parts of the area tonight, but most of the rain near the front is much further south. Unfortunately, this isn't the only system that is producing rain. Another upper level disturbance over South Dakota will track east and bring more scattered showers and storms to at least parts of our area overnight and into part of Tuesday. It will remain mostly cloudy tonight with lows in the 60's. The highest chances of rain will be south of Eau Claire, where parts of the Coulee Region could pick up an additional .50-1.00" of rain into Tuesday morning. Further north into the Eau Claire area, we could stay dry, but expect no more than .10-.20". Northern areas are likely to remain mostly dry.
Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms may still be ongoing early Tuesday but things should improve through the day. A slight chance for a shower will remain into the afternoon, otherwise it will continue to be mostly cloudy. This will keep temperatures a bit cooler, with highs in the mid 70's. Dew points are forecast to drop down into the 50's and that will help make it feel more comfortable.
The remainder of the work week will bring some nicer weather. An area of high pressure will again build to our north and northeast right into this next weekend. This will lead to near seasonable temperatures and should help keep any additional rain threats to our south. Wednesday will be partly to mostly sunny with more sunshine forecast through Thursday. Highs will be in the low 80's and for the official start of summer, which is right on par. Temperatures may cool a few degrees by Friday and into the start of the weekend as some extra clouds may be in the area. We will be watching the progress of another low and upper trough to our south as it lifts up towards the Great Lakes. Again, current thinking keeps the majority of this system out of our area, though some of our southern counties may get a bit of rain during this time. Here in the Chippewa Valley we look to see more clouds than sun Friday into Saturday with highs in the upper 70's while warming to around 80 on Sunday.