Saturday, January 21, 2017 Latest Update: 7:00 AM
The cool but dreary weather continues today across western Wisconsin. Temperatures will remain above average this weekend but expect light rain and drizzle as well.
Areas of fog started developing last night and we can expect at least some patchy fog through the first part of the day. Dense Fog Advisories are in effect for much of Minnesota and some southern counties in Wisconsin until noon today. There is a lot of moisture in the atmosphere associated with the low pressure to our west. Plus the warm up in temperatures has melted more snow leading to fog development. Use extra caution if traveling early today. Visibility will be low in some areas.
Much of the weekend will remain gloomy. A southerly flow will continue, keeping a moist and mild air mass in the region. A weak area of low pressure is then expected to slide up and pass just to our west on today. This will return the chance for a few more showers and drizzle developing along a warm front. Temperatures are expected to rise a few more degrees, with highs in the upper 30's and low 40's. Even though temperatures are above freezing be careful of areas of ice on roads and sidewalks. There are still plenty of slick spots out there. Much of the moisture will then exit heading into Sunday, though a few stray showers are still possible, much of the day is expected to be dry. Unfortunately, it should also remain mostly cloudy, but still mild with highs around 40.
Not much opportunity for sunshine even into the early part of next week, though Monday will also be dry as we await the arrival of yet another system. Highs will be in the upper 30's. Forecast models have been indicating low pressure may develop in the Plains, taking a track just to our south by later Tuesday and Wednesday. If this occurs, we will have a chance at seeing a wintry mix and snow as temperatures will be gradually cooling off, dropping closer to the freezing mark by the middle of next week. As that system exits the cooling trend will likely continue. Some clearing is expected next Friday but temperatures look to return to the 20's.
Stay dry and have a good weekend!
-Meteorologist Drew Williams