Mother Nature pulled the April fools prank on us this year, but it turned out to be a real treat with by far the warmest weather we've seen so far this year. Records were tied and even broken in both La Crosse at 82 and Minneapolis at 83, while Eau Claire's 79 fell a bit short. Today's highs were typical of mid-late June! This is a one day event though, as temperatures really cool off in the coming days.
A strong cold front to our west will be the spoiler with this warm surge, and it will come with a round of showers and thunderstorms. This will arrive between 9pm-midnight for most of our area, while rain chances linger into the pre-dawn hours Thursday. Any storms tonight could produce some hard rain, with a few stronger wind gusts and small hail. Severe weather is not expected. Rainfall amounts for most of us look to be in the 0.25-0.50" range.
We dry out again tomorrow and the sun will make a quick return. Unfortunately those stronger winds will make a return also, though not as gusty, we could see them up over 30 mph. Though it will be cooler, it will still be very mild for the time of year, with highs in the 60's. A secondary front will slide through dry at night, bringing the much cooler air our way for Friday.
The work week will end dry, with a mix of sun and clouds, but temperatures will only reach the mid 40's, actually cooler than average. At least winds will continue to settle down. Going into the Easter weekend, it now looks to stay dry through Saturday, but a bit of rain and wet snow may come through at night and into Easter morning. The afternoon does look better, but depending on the timing, this could impact any morning egg hunts in the area.
Early next week yet another system will slide in from the Plains, bringing more rain and yes, even wet snow chances, depending on the track of the low. Right now it looks to be predominantly a chilly rain, with highs in the 40's, but northern areas may be contending with some wet snow.
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