Cool and cloudy through much of the day temperatures topped out in the 50's across the region. The Coulee Region has seen steady rain showers this afternoon that will continue overnight. Eau Claire on the other hand has stayed dry. An area of high pressure in Canada has kept the low to the south from advancing further north. Overnight we'll see cloudy skies as temperatures dip in to the 40's. The showers will move out tomorrow beginning a stretch of mild and dry weather as we begin the month of May.
Even with over a quarter of an inch of rain today La Crosse wrapped up the month over 2 inches shy of the normal rain total for the month of April. Eau Claire is pretty close to the the normal April value thanks to showers on Thursday. Still a few scattered showers possible tonight in the Coulee Region overnight. The first few days of the month or May should be dry for the first part putting the Coulee Region even further behind on total precipitation for the spring season.
Overnight the skies will stay cloudy across western Wisconsin as temperatures dip into the 40's. The first day of May will begin cloudy and cool... good news for those running the Eau Claire Marathon tomorrow. Good luck!
Later in the day we'll see a few breaks in the clouds, especially in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will be back in the 50's with a few areas reaching that 60 degree mark. Another day with great weather for outside events including SpringFest in Chippewa Falls. A few sprinkles and lingering clouds can be expected for southern counties. As low pressure moves away overnight the skies will clear up rapidly and cool down quickly as well. Many areas may see early morning lows in the 30's Monday.
The pattern for next week looks sunny and dry. It should feel more like spring again as temperatures rise back into the 60's and low 70's. A few weak fronts may slide through during the week, but for now it appears they'll bring just a few clouds, not rain. For now the best weather looks to arrive just in time for next weekend with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70's. A few degrees above average for early May.
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