Friday, January 20, 2017 Latest Update: 9:05 PM
It's been a rather dreary day across western Wisconsin. The damp conditions continue tonight and into the weekend. Temperatures will stay above average for the next several days we just won't see the sun much.
Another day with temperatures several degrees above freezing but we are still hearing reports of some slippery stretches out on the roadways. Beware of glare ice in spots on the roads, sidewalks and parking lots. We'll continue to see some light rain and drizzle this evening, not amounting to much in the rain gauge. We're not finished with the wet weather, still a good idea to have the rain boots, umbrella or rain jacket handy if you're heading out the door tonight and this weekend. Today's rainfall has been around .10-.25" for most locations. Some areas of fog have already started to develop... Dense Fog Advisories are in effect for much of Minnesota and some southern counties in Wisconsin. Use extra caution if traveling tonight or early Saturday. Visibility will be low in some areas.
The rest of this evening and much of the weekend will be gloomy. A southerly flow will continue, keeping a moist and mild air mass in the region. We will see mostly cloudy skies as well as areas of drizzle through the rest of the night. High temperatures today topped out in the 30's and 40's and overnight lows will drop just a few degrees. Overnight lows will be in the 30's for most of the region. A weak area of low pressure is then expected to slide up and pass just to our west on Saturday. This will return the chance for a few more showers and drizzle. Temperatures are expected to rise a few more degrees, with highs in the lower 40's. Much of the moisture will then exit heading into Sunday, though a few stray showers are still possible, much of the day is expected to be dry. Unfortunately, it should also remain mostly cloudy, but still mild with highs around 40.
Not much opportunity for sunshine even into the early part of next week, though Monday will also be dry as we await the arrival of yet another system. Highs will be in the upper 30's. Forecast models have been indicating low pressure may develop in the Plains, taking a track just to our south by later Tuesday and Wednesday. If this occurs, we will have a chance at seeing a wintry mix and snow as temperatures will be gradually cooling off, dropping closer to the freezing mark by the middle of next week. As that system exits the cooling trend will likely continue. Some clearing is expected next Friday but temperatures look to return to the 20's.
-Meteorologist Drew Williams