Cool and cloudy through much of the day temperatures topped out in the 50's across the region. The Coulee Region has seen steady rain showers this afternoon that will continue overnight. Eau Claire on the other hand has stayed dry. An area of high pressure in Canada has kept the low to the south from advancing further north. Overnight we'll see cloudy skies as temperatures dip in to the 40's. The showers will move out tomorrow beginning a stretch of mild and dry weather as we begin the month of May.
With over an inch of rain in Eau Claire on Thursday, not only was that a record breaking event going all the way back in 1914. But it also put Eau Claire pretty much right on par with the normal April total rainfall total. We may see a few sprinkles this afternoon but no significant rain in the Chippewa Valley today. The Coulee Region does have a better chance at showers this afternoon but not much is forecasted... a quarter of an inch or less. Currently La Crosse is over 2 inches in deficit of normal rain totals for this month. Unfortunately today's event will do little to help the drought.
Today was cloudy for most and rainy conditions further south as a low pressure system moved up from the south. The Chippewa Valley is on the northern edge of this system, so rain chances diminished as you move north. For Eau Claire the day has been dry with possibly a few sprinkles around sunset. Temperatures this afternoon topped out in the 50's. Great weather for all those outside events including SpringFest in Chippewa Falls. As the low moves away at night and on Sunday, the weather will stay dry. More sun than clouds to end the weekend and highs in the lower 60's for the start of May. What perfect weather for runners participating in this year's Eau Claire Marathon!
The pattern next week looks better, and it should feel more like spring again. We will have to watch a few cold fronts to the north and where they track, but for now it appears they'll bring just a few clouds not rain. Keeping most of the area dry through out the week. We can expect variable clouds and sunshine with high temperatures much closer to average, generally in the 60's. A system may develop to our north arriving next weekend. The timing and impact of that event will be determined in the coming days.
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