LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Drew Williams
*MORE SUNSHINE AND WARMER TEMPERATURES TODAY. THE SPRING-LIKE TREND WILL CONTINUE INTO THE WEEKEND!*
Thanks to plenty of sunshine again today we have warmed up quickly. Afternoon highs have topped out well into the 50's with a light southwesterly breeze. The sunny conditions and milder temperatures have lead to more snow melt, but with the weather staying dry the next several days, any flooding concerns should remain confined to areas along rivers and streams that will likely rise in the coming days. Currently there is a Flood Warning for the Trempealeau River near Dodge valid through the middle of next week. We will continue to monitor area rivers and pass along any relevant information. Overnight clouds will increase and we could see some patchy fog develop.
Heading into the weekend another system will be developing to our southwest. Mid and high level moisture will begin to stream into the area early Saturday. For now, it looks like this system will pass well to our south. Clouds will increase here in our region, but other than that, there shouldn't be any impact for us. Not only will we stay dry this weekend but we will continue to warm up as well. The rest of Saturday will feature a partly cloudy sky with highs in the mid-upper 50's. Sunday could be our first day of 2018 in Eau Claire with temperatures in the 60's! More sunshine is expected Sunday bringing afternoon highs close to average. This weekend looks like a great chance to get out and enjoy some time outside!
If we don't manage to hit 60 Sunday, there is a better chance Monday. The start of the workweek has the potential to be even warmer. Highs will top out in the mid 60's that day. A cold front develops to the west and is forecast to slide through the area Monday night. The day looks nice though. Winds will be from the west and southwest ahead of the front. Still a good amount of sunshine and mild temperatures. Highs will be in the 60's before the front slides through at night and into early Tuesday. A wave of low pressure may develop along the front which will bring a few showers to the area Tuesday. It will cool down a bit, we look to remain much closer to average even behind this system, with highs still in the 50's. As that system exits the rest of the work week looks nice. Dry conditions with highs near average.