August 26, 2016 Updated: 7:15 AM
A Flood Warning is in effect through Friday evening for the Kickapoo River in Crawford County due to the heavy rain earlier this week.
A taste of fall this morning with cool and refreshing air to end the work week followed by storms to start the weekend.
The month of August is fading fast and this final weekend will be a tale of two different seasons. Ironically, as we head into meteorological fall, temperatures will actually be rising with a couple chances of needing the umbrella just in time for most kids heading back to school.
Temperatures to start Friday are in the 50s. Areas of fog are developing which may reduce visibility at times on the commute. Use those headlights even once the sun is up. The humidity is very low making it feel quite comfortable and cool outdoors. The low humidity will continue through the day as we continue to see sunshine and a few clouds along with temperatures rising into the mid 70s. High pressure is right over Wisconsin today keeping the forecast dry and quiet. We will see some clouds working back in later this afternoon and evening out ahead of the next storm system that will impact weekend plans. But, through the day and evening, the weather will remain quiet and for tonight's high school football games the weather looks great...a few clouds and temperatures in the 60s and 70s. It will definitely be feeling more like "football weather"!
Changes arrive late tonight as the next storm system moves into the region. Most of the rain and thunder looks to hold off until after midnight but the chance for rain and thunderstorms will persist through Saturday. Expect overnight lows to remain milder, in the upper 50s thanks to the extra clouds and precipitation. Rain may be heavy at times on Saturday with a low threat of severe weather. The main concern for most of us will be flooding due to any heavy rainfall. But, gusty winds or small hail will also be possible, but looking unlikely for most. The sky will be cloudy to start the weekend and with rain falling it will be wise to have an umbrella and the long sleeves (at least on standby) if you'll be enjoying Festival in the Pines or any other weekend outside activities. Temperatures tomorrow will stay in the low to middle 70s, so it will feel a bit cool especially with the showers.
Most of the rain will be tapering off Saturday night leaving us with drier and more pleasant conditions on Sunday. Just in time for the final weekend of August we'll see an above average day with highs around 80°. We should see at least partly if not mostly sunny skies for the day meaning it will be a great chance to get outside and soak up some of the last summer weather before the kids head back to school.
Looking ahead to next week, we'll need the umbrella at times. Monday will see some sunshine but also a chance for some showers and storms. Temperatures will continue the trend of being slightly above average with low 80s in the forecast. Those temperatures will remain in the 80s for highs through at least the middle of next week. It looks like summer is trying to hold on for the first days of September. We'll keep at least a chance for rain most days next week, but none of them look like complete washouts. Just a good idea to have the rain gear ready should you get caught in a passing shower.
Meteorological autumn begins next Thursday, and it is always fun to see what September brings to our forecast. At least to start, the month looks a lot like August.
Have a wonderful day and weekend!
-Meteorologist Monica Ott