LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Drew Williams
Some patchy fog this morning will begin to lift giving way to plenty of sunshine later today. A warming trend begins for the weekend as well as mostly dry conditions for the next couple of days.
High pressure will then regain control over the Upper Midwest through the weekend. This will bring a return to sunshine and warmer temperatures as it will finally start to feel like summer again. Today will be mostly sunny and warmer as high temperatures get back to average for the time of year, around 80. Good weather for several area events taking place in the Chippewa Valley this weekend. No need for the umbrella today if you're headed to Altoona County Park for the WHYS 96.3 Bluegrass Festival. Also many are expected to attend the Big Rig Truck Show, which has moved this year, to the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls.
As the high moves east we will see winds increase from the south and southwest on Sunday, leading to warmer air and higher humidity. The day will start off mostly sunny with increased clouds and possibly a few scattered showers and storms later in the day. Highs Sunday will warm up to the mid 80's.
The next cold front will be to our northwest on Sunday, moving to the east and southeast early next week. Meanwhile a low pressure system is forecast to develop along the tail end of the front in the Plains. This system will impact the area with more showers and storms, but the big question is timing. Of course Monday is when the solar eclipse will occur, so we are hoping for the best and that much of the associated weather with this front will hold off. Today's forecast models have begun to differ some, with indications the timing *could* end up being a bit slower. If this happens then viewing conditions may be better for the area. Right now the forecast is still for the chance of a few showers and storms on Monday, with intervals of clouds and sun. It will remain humid with highs in the low 80's. The potential slower arrival would also push rain chances now into Tuesday as temperatures start to cool off during the middle of the week behind this system. Heading into next weekend for now we look to stay dry with comfortable temperatures.
Have a great weekend!