LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Monica Ott
**FROST ADVISORY: Valid until 8 AM Friday in Houston, Winona, Crawford, La Crosse and Vernon counties.**
Partial clearing is happening this morning, but overall it looks to remain mostly cloudy, with temperatures around the freezing mark.
We do have nicer weather to look forward to the next few days, but having said that, it will remain much cooler than average. A rather flat upper trough will generally preside over our part of the country with a cold high pressure system to the north in Canada the next few days. At least the weather will be drying out, considering we are running near two inches above normal rainfall for the month.
After some clouds early, Friday will be mostly sunny with just some scattered clouds returning by later afternoon. Winds will be lighter as temperatures reach into the lower 50s. This will still be more than ten degrees below average, but it will certainly feel better than what we dealt with out there yesterday! More nice weather heading into Saturday with a mostly sunny sky and highs in the mid 50s, though a breeze will again develop.
Unfortunately those improvements will come to an end at that point, with another storm heading our way from the south. This will be a large system that will develop in the Southern Plains, tracking up to the north and into the region Sunday and Monday. We will be on the colder side of the track, meaning winds will remain from the northeast and north. This will lead to a chilly rain for the area, beginning on Sunday. It's possible even a bit of wet snow mixes in for some places, but highs are expected to be in the mid 40s so it would be minimal at this point. In addition to the chill and rain, winds will strengthen up from the east and northeast, making it that much more miserable.
The latest forecast track takes the storm over Wisconsin into Monday. Though there will be a chilly air mass in place, this still looks to be predominantly a cold rain event. After the potential for some heavier rainfall at night, it looks to wind down some as we head into the first day of May. It will remain wet and there could also be some wet snow at times as winds begin to shift more to the north and northwest. Highs look to again be in the mid 40s. Total rainfall from this system could exceed an inch. What's left of this storm will then exit north into Canada, leading to the return of drier weather into the middle of next week.
After some lingering rain or snow into Tuesday, Wednesday should offer some improvements with a mix of sun and clouds expected with highs both days returning to the 50s. Further warming is expected later into the week.