LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Monica Ott
*MORE SNOW MELT & MILD TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE WEEKEND, FOLLOWED BY A POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM*
**WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM SUNDAY EVENING UNTIL 3 PM MONDAY AFTERNOON FOR BARRON, CHIPPEWA, DUNN, PIERCE, POLK, RUSK AND ST. CROIX COUNTIES**
Mid and high clouds are increasing and will be with us the next few days as we eventually see more clouds in the forecast. Temperatures this morning are still quite mild, in the low to mid 20s.
Another very mild day is likely today as southwest breezes return with a partly sunny sky. Temperatures will continue to be at least 15 degrees above average and some towns have a shot at hitting a high of 40° by later in the day. The mild weather will continue into, and even through this weekend, while we await the arrival of a winter storm.
This evening if you are heading out to enjoy the ski jumping at the Silver Mine Invitational, the weather looks very pleasant. Temperatures will be in the 30s for spectators on the ground with fairly light winds and a mostly cloudy sky. Even our overnight lows will remain mild, in the middle 20s which is more typical of highs this time of year! Usually mid January means single digit low temperatures and highs in the low 20s.
More clouds Saturday but the above average stretch continues with highs in the 30's. This will lead to more snow melt in the area but enjoyable temperatures to be outside for winter activities. Changes will begin to arrive on Sunday as a warm front to our south begins to lift up into the area while low pressure develops in the Southern Plains. This will be our next weather-maker and ultimately could be a rather significant storm for at least parts of the Upper Midwest.
There is still plenty of uncertainty with this next storm all revolving around the storm's track. One track would mean significant snowfall for the entire area (if the low remains more south) but if that system takes a more northern track it would be a bit too warm for all snow and then a mix of wintry precipitation would all be possible.
To start out Sunday, the weather looks cloudy and mild with temperatures rising into the middle 30s. Right now we are favoring the likelihood of a wintry mix of precipitation to start. This could be a combination of snow/sleet/ice/rain but at this point it looks to be light and spotty. More widespread precipitation into overnight and Monday. Any mix would likely change to snow but again as mentioned above, how quick this happens will all depend on the track of the storm. At this point Monday looks to be quite messy no matter what but the system should be moving away by the night time hours. Highs will be near freezing before some colder air arrives. Once this system moves away, the weather will dry out and cool off some next Tuesday and Wednesday but no significant cold air is in the forecast.