LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Monica Ott
A cloudy sky covers much of our area and we continue to see scattered flurries. Some places that have seen them persist are ending up with light accumulations. Here in Eau Claire we have already measured 0.3" of new snow since yesterday. Temperatures are mainly in the teens and 20s and it will continue to be cool through the entire day.
The final day of the work week will come with quiet weather. Weak high pressure continues to slowly move to our east and will still hang on through the day. We could see some sun for a time in the morning before more clouds return with perhaps a few flurries by late in the day. It will remain slightly below average with highs in the low 20's. As a weak front drops down from the northwest, a band of light snow is forecast to work through parts of the area. Right now chances appear to be highest north of Eau Claire, where an inch or two of snow may accumulate in places. Local accumulations look to be under an inch, but any snow could easily lead to some slick roads going into early Saturday morning.
The front will be moving away early in the day, leaving us with a quiet weather weekend. If you have travel or shopping plans in the area, you won't have to worry about any winter driving conditions. Saturday should remain mostly cloudy with perhaps a flurry or two in the morning. It will start to get a bit milder with highs in the upper 20's. Sunday should be a few degrees warmer with clouds and sun and highs in the lower 30's.
The break from the colder weather will continue into the early part of next week as the coldest air stays to our northeast while a milder Pacific flow rides just to our south. Monday will be partly sunny and a touch milder with highs in the mid 30's. It will also be breezy as the next cold front arrives from the west by the evening. This front will slide through dry, shifting winds and allowing for some cooling into the middle of the week. Behind this front drier air with high pressure will return sunshine next Tuesday, with highs in the low 30's.
For the first time, forecast models are now indicating a storm system may come together in the Northern Rockies early next week, sliding east and possibly impacting the Upper Midwest with snow and rain by late Wednesday and Thursday. It's much too early to give any detail on what may happen, we have to see how things evolve over the next few days and see if a trend develops with the track and intensity of this system, however it has the potential to be the first higher impact event of the cold season for our area, so definitely worth watching!