LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Updated: 4:00 AM
Meteorologist: Monica Ott
Temperatures are in the 10s and 20s as we head into the final days of February. Clouds are lingering, especially in our northern counties limiting the cooling. A weak front will be working back to the north, lifting through early this morning. A few flurries and light snow showers are possible, especially north. Winds will remain light.
Low pressure will be coming together in the Plains today, while a large high pressure system covers the eastern third of the nation. We will be in between these systems, leading to a dry start to the new work week. W Winds will begin to increase from the southeast and south, and with a partly to mostly sunny sky, it will warm up with highs in the lower 40s. This will lead to a bit more melting of our fresh snow pack from late last week. Clouds will continue to increase going into the night as a warm front out ahead of the low lifts north. This will keep temperatures from dropping too much, while the chance for some showers and drizzle will increase. Lows will be around the freezing mark.
The low will lift to the northeast and should take a track near or over the Chippewa Valley on Tuesday. Moisture will be limited this time around, with the low becoming more organized once it leaves our area. This should keep us with mainly light precipitation and current amounts look to not exceed more than a few tenths of an inch. With the exception of some northern areas, the more northern track will also allow mild air to keep this primarily a rain event with highs in the lower 40s on the final day of February. The low will then exit into the Great Lakes tomorrow night into early Wednesday as drier air gradually returns.
At this point March (and the start of meteorological spring) looks to come in pretty quietly (not too lion-like) with overall dry weather for the first few days of the month along with more normal temperatures for this point in the year.
Somewhat colder air will get pulled southward behind this departing system on Wednesday. Clouds may try to mix with a little sunshine, otherwise highs will be in the mid 30s. This is just about average for early March. The weather will continue to improve Thursday into Friday as the next high pressure system arrives. This will lead to a mix of sun and clouds Thursday with highs in the low 30s while Friday looks mostly sunny with highs in the mid 30s.
The weekend currently looks milder as southerly flow returns. Another low pressure system is showing up in the Northern Plains with a trailing front. The low is expected to track to our north, allowing for a warm up in the state. Saturday will be mostly sunny while clouds increase on Sunday. Both days should see temperatures climb back well into the 40s.