Thursday, January 19, 2017 Latest Update: 10:40 PM
Scattered rain has begun moving into the Chippewa Valley, and this will continue to expand and become steadier in the coming hours. For most of us temperatures remain several degrees above freezing, but in the central part of the state it's a bit colder. These areas could stand to see a bit of icing overnight into early Friday. This includes Clark, Taylor and Wood Counties that are under a freezing rain advisory until 9 am Friday morning. Any steady rain is expected to move out by early Friday morning with most places seeing lows near and above freezing. Total rainfall is expected to be in the .10-.35" range.
Friday and much of the weekend will be gloomy. A southerly flow will continue, keeping a moist and mild air mass in the region. As the main area of rain continues lifting north we will be left with areas of drizzle and a few widely scattered showers on Friday. Winds will be fairly light with highs in the upper 30's. A weak area of low pressure is then expected to slide up and pass just to our west on Saturday. This will return the chance for a few more showers and drizzle. Temperatures are expected to rise a few more degrees, with highs in the lower 40's. Much of the moisture will then exit heading into Sunday, though a few stray showers are still possible, much of the day is expected to be dry. Unfortunately, it should also remain mostly cloudy, but still mild with highs around 40.
Not much opportunity for sunshine even into the early part of next week, though Monday will also be dry as we await the arrival of yet another system. Highs will be in the upper 30's. Forecast models have been indicating low pressure may develop in the Plains, taking a track just to our south by later Tuesday and Wednesday. If this occurs, we will have a chance at seeing a wintry mix and snow as temperatures will be gradually cooling off, dropping closer to the freezing mark by the middle of next week.
-Meteorologist Darren Maier