LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Darren Maier
Temperatures have been dropping steadily so far tonight, but with some extra clouds coming through at times, this should slow overnight, with lows in the mid teens. A weak front will be working back to the north, lifting through by early tomorrow. Winds will remain light.
Low pressure will be coming together in the Plains on Monday, while a large high pressure system covers the eastern third of the nation. We will be in between these systems, leading to a dry start to the new work week. Winds will begin to increase from the southeast and south, and with a partly to mostly sunny sky, it will warm up with highs in the lower 40's. This will lead to a bit more melting of our fresh snow pack from late last week. Clouds will continue to increase going into the night as a warm front out ahead of the low lifts north. This will keep temperatures from dropping too much, while the chance for some showers and drizzle will increase. Lows will be around the freezing mark.
The low will lift to the northeast and should take a track near or over the Chippewa Valley on Tuesday. Moisture will be limited this time around, with the low becoming more organized once it leaves our area. This should keep us with mainly light precipitation and current amounts look to not exceed more than a few tenths of an inch. With the exception of some northern areas, the more northern track will also allow mild air to keep this primarily a rain event with highs in the lower 40's on the final day of February. The low will then exit into the Great Lakes Tuesday night into early Wednesday as drier air gradually returns.
Somewhat colder air will get pulled southward behind this departing system on Wednesday. Clouds may try to mix with a little sunshine, otherwise highs will be in the mid 30's. The weather will continue to improve Thursday into Friday as the next high pressure system arrives. This will lead to a mix of sun and clouds Thursday with highs in the low 30's while Friday looks mostly sunny with highs in the mid 30's.
The weekend currently looks milder as southerly flow returns. Another low pressure system is showing up in the Northern Plains with a trailing front. The low is expected to track to our north, allowing for a warm up in the state. Saturday will be mostly sunny while clouds increase on Sunday. Both days should see temperatures climb back well into the 40's.