LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Monica Ott
Clouds will gradually be increasing the rest of tonight, helping to keep temperatures up just a bit. Winds are very light and by morning we should be down in the low and mid 30s.
If you were hoping for a repeat of Tuesday's gorgeous spring weather, unfortunately it's not in the cards. There could be a bit of sunshine to start off, otherwise clouds will quickly be taking over as a trough of low pressure moves closer to the region. In addition to the clouds, there will be some showers that try to move into our southern areas through the afternoon. Here in the Chippewa Valley it will stay dry with highs in the low 50's.. a solid 10 degrees cooler than Tuesday. Our best chance to see some precipitation from this trough will come at night and into Thursday morning. I still expect the majority of this to impact areas south of Eau Claire but we will still see a bit of rainfall. As temperatures cool through the 30's at night, some wet snow may also mix in with any rain.
This system will slowly exit on Thursday, but again there may still be some rain and wet snow to start the morning. Though no snow accumulation is expected in our area, central and eastern parts of the state could see a few inches of wet accumulation. The rest of Thursday will remain cloudy and breezy with cooler temperatures.. in the mid 40's.
Drier air will then arrive Friday and into the weekend. The month of March will wrap up with clouds and perhaps a bit of sun on Friday. Temperatures will rise back into the lower 50's. The weekend will also be dry but cloud cover will be tricky as forecast models indicate we may still be dealing with some of these clouds at times. At least it will be dry and we will be able to enjoy some milder air with highs in the 50's.. not too bad for the first few days of April.
Early next week yet another system will be heading in our direction. Early indications are that more rain and possible wet snow arrive by later Monday and Tuesday with another round of cooler air in the Upper Midwest. No surprises here, as early spring can still bring plenty of fluctuations from warmth to cold and certainly still some snow!