Clouds will continue to increase with an isolated shower possible into early this morning. Temperatures will be staying up over recent mornings, with lows closer to 60.
The final day of the work week will be pretty gray as the next storm system moves in and passes to our south. The latest forecast model data tonight though indicates most of this may remain just to our south. This means the greatest coverage of rain may stay south of the Chippewa Valley, and mainly south of I-94. Areas to the north may just see some of the clouds and very low chances of any rain. Temperatures will remain in the cooler 60s. Rainfall amounts will vary greatly, with little to none well north, while some of our southern counties may see an inch or two. This would be good news there, as much of the Coulee Region has missed the rain this month. Here in the Eau Claire area, amounts should be on the lower side with perhaps just a tenth or two.. again, it just depends on the actual track of the low.
Drier air will begin to move in through the night as this storm moves out to the east. This will bring a nicer, final weekend of August to the area. Clouds may stick around for a while on Saturday, but with some sunshine, temperatures should easily climb back into the 70's. Sunday will be a warmer and sunnier day, with highs in the lower 80's.
Summer will be making a big comeback next week. The upper level pattern will see the jet stream lift to our north, as a large ridge sets up to the east. The primary impact will be a much warmer forecast, as temperatures rise well above average. Storm systems look to remain to our west for the most part through the week, so it will be mainly dry. Sunshine will be fairly common and temperatures will be rising well into the 80's, and possibly 90 for some, as we head into the first days of September.
- Federal meteorologists say the current El Nino is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could be one of the most potent weather changers of the past 65 years.
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