LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Drew Williams
A damp and gloomy Friday for much of the region. We'll see at least a little rain as we head into the weekend with cloudy conditions likely. We warm up with the return of some sunshine but we'll have to wait until next work week.
A warm front slid by to our south today, keeping it cloudy and damp. This afternoon the focus for most widespread rain has been to the south of Eau Claire. Latest forecast models keep most of the rain into the southern half of the state in this evening and tonight. Highs today have been in the 40's for most locations. A few spots to the north have stayed in the 30's today. Close to average for this time of year. Total rainfall today has been between 0.20" to a little over 1 inch for some spots. Those higher amounts have been in the Coulee Region. Rain showers will taper off for some of us this evening. Parts of the Chippewa Valley will remain mostly dry tonight. A few scattered showers can be expected further south. Early morning low temperatures will be in the 20's and 30's across Western Wisconsin.
One low pressure system will be pushing away to the southeast on Saturday, while high pressure noses down from the north. This is a change from the last few days where it appeared the system would be further north, but with drier air arriving on a northeast flow, it now looks dry through much of the day with a mostly cloudy sky and highs again in the 40's. It will also be breezy, with shower chances in our southern areas. A second wave of low pressure is then forecast to develop and lift a bit closer to the area on Sunday. This would bring the chance for additional scattered showers, while it remains cloudy with highs in the upper 40's.
The pattern remains active over the next week with a series of weather systems working through the Central part of the country. Right now most of these look to pass us by far enough south to keep any rain chances very low at this time. Monday will remain mostly cloudy with highs in the 40's while some sunshine finally returns by Tuesday. An area of high pressure is expected to be centered to our north allowing for the clearing and more dry weather through the middle of next week. Temperatures should also be able to warm a bit more with highs back into the 50's.
Have a wonderful weekend!