A very dreary, wet and chilly Thursday but big improvements are ahead into the weekend. Before we get to the nicer weather, we have to mention that yesterday was a record breaking day in Eau Claire! The rain stayed much farther north than originally planned and that meant a more steady rain fell through most of the day. While much of the area picked up between a tenth and quarter of an inch of rain, in Eau Claire the total daily rainfall was 1.02"! That shatters the old daily rainfall record for April 28 of 0.62" set all the way back in 1914. That added just enough rain to bring us back to average for the month, but not for long as some drier weather settles in to close out April.
This morning we are dry and cloudy with cool temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s. These are typical low temperatures for this time of year and we will gradually see highs return to about average in the coming days.
Weak high pressure will try and take hold of our weather today, at least keeping us dry, but it appears we will see more clouds than sunshine. There is still some hope for some glimpses of the sun along with a definite improvement in temperatures. Highs will be returning to the upper 50s and winds will be lighter.
All week we've been mentioning another storm that will be sliding by to our south over the weekend, and it remains in the forecast, however rain chances in our area continue to be low. A large high to the north in Canada will help to keep this system from pushing too far north, resulting in mainly dry weather.
Saturday will feature clouds and sunshine, and by late in the day chances will begin to increase for some rain. This is more likely in our southern counties where showers look to develop in the afternoon. We should be on the northern edge at best, while temperatures top out in the 50s again. This means great weather for all those outside events including SpringFest as well as the MS Walk. As the low moves away at night and on Sunday, the weather will stay dry, with a mix of sun and clouds to end the weekend and highs in the lower 60s for the start of May. What perfect weather for runners participating in this year's Eau Claire Marathon!
The pattern next week looks better, and it should feel more like spring again. We will have to watch a few cold fronts to the north and where they track, but for now it appears most of the area will stay dry much of the week. We can expect variable clouds and sunshine with high temperatures much closer to average, generally in the 60s.
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