LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
*INCREASING CLOUDS TONIGHT WITH A CHANCE OF FLURRIES TOMORROW*
It was nice to see the sunshine return to the area today, but tonight expect clouds to increase as upper-level energy and a weak surface trough move this way. This will lead to a weak surface low developing to our south while for our area we could see a few scattered flurries on Thursday. Otherwise it will just be mostly cloudy with highs again in the 20's. Some clearing may then work in at night, leading to some early sunshine on Friday, but more clouds will return as a larger storm develops in the Southern Plains. We have been monitoring the forecast track of this system the last few days and it does appear it will remain on a southern course. This means overall impacts will be minimal to most of our area. Clouds will be increasing on Friday and it will be turning colder as arctic high pressure drops out of Western Canada and into the Plains. Highs will be in the upper teens. The northern part of this storm will graze at least our southern counties with a bit of light snow if not late Friday then Friday night, though any accumulations look minimal. As this exits, northern winds will increase into Saturday while it gets even colder.
This weekend will be dry and we should end up with a decent amount of sunshine, but it will finally feel like more typical January weather in Wisconsin. A mix of sunshine and clouds on Saturday while highs will only be in the mid teens but with stronger breezes, wind chill values are likely to be near and below zero through the day. Winds will be a bit lighter on Sunday while we will see more sunshine, highs though may not make it out of the single digits.
The coldest air will then retreat at least for now, with some warming into early next week. Clouds will start to return on Monday and a weak system may develop to our west and bring at least small chances of light snow into the area by next Tuesday. Temperatures look to climb back into the mid and upper teens. Wednesday temperatures slightly below average around 20 with a mostly sunny sky.