Monday was officially the warmest day of the year with an official high of 50 in Eau Claire! The last time we saw highs in the 50s was all the way back in mid-November. Hopefully you had a chance to enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures because today will be very different!
Tuesday is starting off with some light rain and temperatures still in the mid and upper 30s for most of the area (a couple of spots even started the day at 40°!) Some areas of fog are also possible this morning, but no reports quite yet! As temperatures continue to fall early this morning, we will see the rain begin to transition to some snow. Most of the area will not see any accumulation today, just some headaches for drivers with slick roadways and periods of lower visibility due to the precipitation. The switch over to snow looks to happen a little later this morning with mostly snow for the Coulee Region as the system travels southward. Since the majority of the precip will be falling as snow in our southern counties, they have the best chance to pick up an inch or two of snowfall accumulation today.
Temperatures will remain seasonable for the rest of the day, mainly in the mid and upper 30s. Typical for mid March, but what a change from yesterday! Colder air will filter in tonight and will be felt Wednesday. Despite the return to mostly sunny skies, it will be cold for this time of year, with highs only in the 20's and a couple of spots could stay in the upper teens.
By the end of the work week temperatures will be rising again, reaching back into the 40's thanks to a southerly wind. A few weak cold fronts will be sliding through Thursday night and again Friday night, but with limited moisture, we are only expecting some extra clouds and a slight chance for rain or snow.
Saturday looks to be the better of the two weekend days currently, with some sunshine, and we'll have to watch the forecast Sunday and the next developing system that could bring some snow to the area. Temperatures will be falling back below average during this time period. The official start to spring may only be just over a week away, but the winter weather is not over yet!