Temperatures take a colder turn as dry weather continues

Published: Nov. 16, 2023 at 6:10 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2023 at 11:00 AM CST
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A more typical mid-November day is on tap overall as we started off in the mid 20s this morning. While there will be a few passing clouds from time to time, sunshine will dominate through the afternoon. Winds will remain pretty light, taking on more of a southwesterly flow later on in the afternoon with high pressure sitting to our southwest. Temperatures will manage to climb to the mid 40s, still a few degrees above our average of 41 degrees in Eau Claire. Later tonight, a mainly clear sky hangs around with winds remaining rather light, allowing temperatures to once again return to the mid to upper 20s.

High pressure slides to our south with sunshine and cooler air Friday
High pressure slides to our south with sunshine and cooler air Friday(WEAU)

Opening weekend of the gun deer hunting season is shaping up to be a mild one for those heading out to the woods. High pressure will still be drifting to our south, resulting in plenty of sunshine both Saturday and Sunday. Each morning will start off in the 20s with a nice warm up into the low 50s, still putting us at least 10 degrees above average. That said, clouds will quickly increase Sunday night with mostly to partly cloudy skies in store Monday as a deep low pressure system tracks well to our south while a cold front moves out of the Northern Plains eastward. Highs to kick off Thanksgiving week will be in the upper 40s. An upper trough will drop out of Canada Monday night, pushing the boundary through Western Wisconsin with a chance for snow showers. These may linger into Tuesday morning with dry conditions currently expected during the latter half of the day. Winds will become blustery from the northwest with even colder air filtering in as temperatures only reach the upper 30s. If you’re planning on traveling Wednesday to see family and friends for Thanksgiving, there are no weather concerns locally as partly sunny skies are expected. It will be noticeably colder, however, as a large upper low begins to spin north of the Great Lakes. All the area will be running well below average with highs in the mid to upper 20s right through the holiday with overnight lows in the teens.