LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Monica Ott
A clear sky continues with high pressure over Southern Wisconsin heading east. We are on the backside now, leading to a light southerly wind that will help keep temperatures mild, mostly in the 40s.
It has been a great week of weather here in the Chippewa Valley with plenty of sunshine and unusually warm temperatures, in the 60s and 70s. The streak will culminate today with the warmest weather likely, before a cool down begins this weekend.
High pressure will be over the east, with a cold front to our west. This will put us in the squeeze between these systems with a strengthening southerly flow. It will be another mostly sunny day as temperatures quickly warm with afternoon highs well in the 70s likely. This will come with wind gusts of 20-30 mph. High clouds will begin to increase and that trend will continue into the night as the cold front moves closer. A few stray showers and thunderstorms will also be possible overnight with mild temperatures in the 50s.
Timing for rain seems to be falling on the weekends of late, with this being the third consecutive Saturday with rain in the forecast. We will likely see a few showers, and possibly a thunderstorm, but it won't be raining all day. Clouds are likely much of the day and it will be cooler, but still quite mild with highs in the upper 60s. Shower chances continue at night as the front passes, but a drying trend will quickly follow as we move into Sunday. This means for outdoor activities, Sunday will be the better weather day. Any morning clouds will give way to sunshine and some breezes with highs in the lower 60s.
The transition to more typical fall weather will continue early next week as we await the arrival of even cooler weather from Canada. The next cold front will be impacting the area by late Monday with clouds and sunshine during the day along with the chance for a shower by late afternoon. It will still be relatively mild out ahead of this front with highs around 60 but much cooler air will quickly take hold into Tuesday. The cool down will come with a deepening upper trough that will bring a chilly air mass to the Upper Midwest, at least for a day. Tuesday will see more clouds than sun with a few pop up afternoon showers possible. The coolest air of the season will keep our highs only in the 40s Tuesday, and I wouldn't be surprised if a few of those raindrops turn into wet snowflakes somewhere in our region. The trough will then slide east, leading to rising temperatures Wednesday when sunshine will return with highs back in the more seasonable 50s.