LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Darren Maier
**FLOOD WARNINGS: Chippewa, Trempealeau, Mississippi and Yellow Rivers**
A quiet evening in the Chippewa Valley and the day is finishing out with at least some sunshine. Temperatures in the 60's were still below average today, but at least much higher than what we had over the weekend. An upper trough remains over the region while weak low pressure and a warm front are located over far Southern Minnesota. A few showers and storms near the front will be tracking east and into parts of the area later this evening and tonight. Chances for rain will be highest south of Eau Claire while most of us see the return of a mainly cloudy sky. Lows tonight will be in the mid 40's.
The axis of the trough will then arrive heading into Tuesday, sliding through with more clouds than sun along with a few scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Temperatures will be cooler with the trough in the area, with highs in the lower 60's.
The upper trough will then finally move to our east by Wednesday, bringing gradual improvements to our weather. It will be dry with a mix of clouds and sunshine as temperatures rise a few more degrees into the mid 60's. The weather will then really get much nicer moving into Thursday as a mostly sunny sky returns and it will warm back to around 70 or so. The upper level flow will be flattening out and with another trough developing over the Northern Plains, we will be on the southern side of it late this week. We will have to watch just how far south this ends up coming, but for now this will allow moisture to increase and temperatures to return to around average.
The next weak front and low pressure is forecast to work into Minnesota by Friday, possibly bringing more scattered showers and storms into the area by late in the day. Outside of the scattered rain chances, it will be partly sunny with highs in the lower 70's. This will then slide to our east and should allow for a dry start to the weekend. Saturday should feature sunshine and clouds with pleasant highs in the 70's. Chances are low at this time but we will be watching how the rest of the holiday weekend unfolds as another system may be in the area. This could bring a shower or storm on both Sunday and Monday but it's just too early to pin down any specific rain chances this far out. Overall though, much of the holiday weekend looks mostly dry.