LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Monica Ott
Temperatures are still pretty mild for late March, mainly in the 30s. We will continue to see the mix of clouds and sun throughout the day along with temperatures above average, although definitely not as warm as yesterday!
Tuesday was just a gorgeous spring day and hopefully you were able to take advantage! We saw high temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s...normally we have to wait until much later in spring to see those levels. Today will be more of a transition day, with clouds thickening up and slightly cooler highs. The most sunshine we will see all day happens this morning followed by clouds quickly moving in as a trough of low pressure moves closer to the region. In addition to the clouds, there will be some showers that try to move into our southern areas through the afternoon. Here in the Chippewa Valley it will stay mostly dry (aside from a stray shower later this evening) with highs in the low 50s. This is still above average (usual highs are in the upper 40s) but still about 10 degrees cooler than yesterday! Our best chance to see some precipitation from this trough will come tonight and into Thursday morning. I still expect the majority of this to impact areas south of Eau Claire but a good chunk of the area will still see a bit of rainfall. As temperatures cool through the 30s at night, some wet snow may also mix in with any rain.
This system will slowly exit on Thursday, but again there may still be some rain and wet snow to start the morning. Though no snow accumulation is expected in our area, central and eastern parts of the state could see a few inches of wet accumulation. The rest of Thursday will remain cloudy with just an isolated rain chance, breezy, and cooler as temperatures remain in the mid 40s. This is just below average for this time of year.
Drier air will then arrive Friday and into the weekend. The month of March will wrap up with clouds and perhaps a bit of sun on Friday. Temperatures will rise back into the lower 50s. The weekend will also be dry but cloud cover will be tricky as forecast models indicate we may still be dealing with some of these clouds at times. At least it will be dry and we will be able to enjoy some milder air with highs in the 50s; not too bad for the first few days of April.
Early next week yet another system will be heading in our direction. Early indications are that more rain and possible wet snow arrive by later Monday and Tuesday with another round of cooler air in the Upper Midwest. No surprises here, as early spring can still bring plenty of fluctuations from warmth to cold and certainly still some snow!