A quiet start to Tuesday but changes are in store for the afternoon! Weak high pressure is controlling the pattern for now, but a cold front will be sweeping through this afternoon bringing some cooler air and a chance for rain and a couple of thunderstorms.
After a sunny start, clouds will be increasing from the north by late morning and into the afternoon. A quick moving cold front will be moving down from Canada, bringing increasing west winds. These may gust up to 30 mph, while temperatures rise up toward 70°. As the front arrives, scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop and push through from north to south. The highest concentration looks to be over the north-central part of the state, but most of us will have a shot at seeing a bit of rain. The best timing of these in the Chippewa Valley will come between 2-6 pm. Any of these may produce briefly heavy rain and perhaps strong winds. The front then passes, with a few lingering showers this evening followed by drier air returning the rest of the night helping the sky clear out and temperatures again fall toward seasonable levels near 40°.
Once we get through the rain today and tonight, the rest of the work week looks dry, sunny and nice. Temperatures will be on a bit of a roller coaster, but I think many of you will be very pleased with where we are headed by the start of the weekend. Tomorrow will be cooler, on the back side of the front winds will shift to the north and that will allow for a cooler air mass to settle into the region. Temperatures will still be within a couple degrees of average for this time of year (usually we are in the mid 60s) topping out with highs near 60°. It will still be breezy, but Wednesday should get back to some sunshine. Wednesday night will be a bit brisk, as high pressure arrives at night, with a mostly clear sky, temperatures look to drop back into the 30s. The high then begins to slide east, while we get into some return flow through the day. This may produce some mid-high level clouds but it will otherwise be another nice day with highs climbing through the 60s Thursday.
On Friday, a warm southwest flow will take hold, and with plenty of sunshine expected, it will warm to summer-like levels. The next cold front will be dropping down from the north by late in the day, but still located near the Canadian border. This will leave us with conditions favorable for a significant warm up. I expect temperatures to top out around 80°, but it may even be warmer in places. The front will then bring a chance of a shower or storm at night and into at least part of Saturday. Again, the timing of this is still uncertain, but Saturday looks to still be fairly dry, so if you have outdoor plans, they should still be a go. Temperatures will cool some behind the front, down into the 70s Saturday and 60s on Sunday. For now it still looks dry for Mother's Day although we may see a few showers sneak in late as the next system moves into the region bringing a better chance for rain and a couple of thunderstorms Monday.
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