A cold start to Friday, but it could be a lot worse! Just last year we set a new record low with our minimum temperature of -22° in Eau Claire! Brrr! That makes the -10s not seem so bad!
High pressure is in control and our fair weather friend will provide us with nice weather to end the work week and start the weekend. Plenty of sunshine today along with milder highs. We will still be below average by about twenty degrees, but this is an improvement from Thursday. Under the clear sky, expect the mercury to climb to about 13° this afternoon with a west wind of 5-10 miles per hour.
No big changes going into at least the start of this weekend. Saturday will be the final day of the month, and meteorological winter. It will end on a quiet note, with still some sunshine and slightly milder temperatures. A storm system will be organizing and tracking to our south Saturday night into Sunday. This should stay far enough away, sparing the area of much snow, though we may get brushed with a light accumulation into early Sunday morning. This would be most likely in our southern counties. Otherwise, a bit of sun may return for the afternoon as temperatures climb into the upper 20s, still about five degrees shy of average, but a lot closer than the last couple of days.
Going into next week and the first days of March, we will be focusing on another storm system, that has potential to finally bring our area a more significant snow event. It's still plenty early to hash out any details, and the way these systems have gone so far this winter, I wouldn't be surprised to see this change in the coming days. Having said that, there is currently pretty good agreement in the various models with this system coming together and tracking into the Upper Midwest. Temperatures early next week will still be colder than average, but milder than recent days, while following this system, we look to at least temporarily cool down again. Keep up to date on our forecasts here on WEAU.com.
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