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August 27, 2014 Updated: 7:25 PM

Scattered clouds will be with us tonight with a moist flow from the southwest bring some clouds our way into tomorrow. It will be another seasonably cool overnight with lows in the 50's. The nice weather the last few days will be traded in for some rain and a few thunderstorms as we progress through Thursday.

Low pressure developing over Nebraska will be lifting to the northeast, tracking through our area in about 24 hours or so.. Thursday will start off dry, and if we are to see any sunshine tomorrow it will come in the morning. Highs in the lower 70's will come by early afternoon as clouds will thicken with some rain and thunderstorms developing. Currently the heaviest activity is expected in our southern counties, where an inch or more of rain is expected through Thursday night. Meanwhile, northern areas should see the least, with perhaps just a few tenths at best. Here in the Eau Claire area I expect somewhere between a half and one inch of rainfall. The steadiest rain should move out later in the evening with just scattered showers at night as low pressure slowly moves to our east.

The front associated with this low will hang back through the area into Friday. This would allow more shower and storm chances, especially in the afternoon and evening with any daytime heating. It will also be more sticky with dew points back into the 60's. The holiday weekend currently looks fairly dry for Saturday and Sunday. A shower or storm will still be possible on Saturday, while late Sunday and at night, we have to watch yet another front and low pressure approach from the west. This would bring yet another chance at showers and storms, lingering into at least the first part of Labor Day. The active pattern will make timing difficult and these rain chances may still change some in the next few days, but the general idea is we will have at least some rain around for at least a part of the holiday weekend. Right now this final system looks to move out to perhaps leave us with a drier second half to Monday. This would be followed by a mainly dry and slightly cooler day on Tuesday as most kids head back to school.

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