**A DENSE FOG ADVISORY is in effect for Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Buffalo, Clark, Jackson, Juneau, Monroe, Taylor and Trempealeau, Price, Sawyer and Washburn counties until 10 AM. Visibility will be reduced to less than a quarter mile at times. Use the low beams and take your time on the commute this morning!**
We are waking up to mild temperatures, a clear sky but dense fog. Plan to need a couple of extra minutes on the commute this morning due to visibility less than 0.25 mile at times. We are already seeing and hearing many reports of dense fog. Temperatures are starting off in the low 30s for most of the region and once the fog lifts, it will be a very nice day to spend some time outdoors!
Temperatures are on the rise! Highs today will reach into the upper 50s, that is about ten degrees above average and along with the mild temps we will see plenty of sunshine. Winds will begin to increase later this morning and it could be a bit breezy at times this afternoon, but overall a lovely day ahead. It is almost hard to believe that March is about over and overall it has been a drier than normal month. It appears we will end the month about an inch below average in terms of precipitation and about 2.5" below normal for snowfall. Our average temperature is just over a degree above average. So, our roller coaster temperatures actually ended up slightly above average. Very interesting when you factor in those couple of nights below zero earlier this month!
As we turn the calendar into the first full month of spring, it will be even warmer. Highs tomorrow will approach 70° and that is not an April Fools joke! Add some instability along with the warm temperatures and a cold front and we could see some thunder! Most of the day will actually be dry. The sky should remain partly cloudy throughout the morning and into early afternoon. Winds will be blustery at times increasing to 15-20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour. Temperatures will continue to rise and by afternoon as a cold front moves in from the west we'll be watching for some storms to fire up, mainly late afternoon into early evening. Right now these look to remain below severe limits, but some of the rain could be briefly heavy into tomorrow night.
Once the storms move out, we won't really see too much change in the weather. It will be a little cooler for Thursday, but not much. Highs this time of year are still in the 40s, and we'll be close to 60°, a good ten degrees above average. But, it might not feel that warm. Despite a mostly sunny sky, it will be feeling a bit cooler thanks to a strong wind from the west blowing at 15-20 miles per hour. But, at least it will be warm and dry!
Temperatures will cool though going into Friday and the holiday weekend. Highs look to fall back into the 40s Friday, but it will continue to be dry with some sunshine. The weekend is still a bit tricky with how things come together, but for now it's still looking rather quiet. A weak front will be in the area Saturday and will bring some clouds and just a slight chance of a rain or wet snow shower. We will warm some going from Saturday into Sunday, with highs at least back into the 50s. Easter looks dry but the next system may arrive with rain chances on Monday.
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