LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Darren Maier
**AREAS OF DENSE FOG INTO MONDAY MORNING**
**WARMTH CONTINUES TO BUILD INTO EARLY THIS WEEK AS SUMMER TEMPERATURES MAKE A LATE SEASON RETURN**
A quiet night around Western Wisconsin with a mainly clear sky, but fog is also developing and will lead to areas of low visibility into Monday morning. Be sure to allow for some extra time getting around for the morning commute. Temperatures will be in the upper 50's.
After that potentially foggy start Monday, the sunny weather will be returning. High pressure will be centered to our east, allowing for southeast winds through the day. Temperatures will again quickly warm once the sunshine takes hold with afternoon highs again topping 80, about 10 degrees above average. Some clouds will then start to increase at night with more of these around on Tuesday. The question will be whether or not any showers and storms can get this far east through the day. An upper disturbance will be lifting out of the southwest states and through the Plains, tracking to our west. Meanwhile the next front will be crossing into Western Minnesota. For now chances look to remain quite low so we are sticking with a dry forecast, but showers may be as close as the state line. The extra clouds may shave off a few degrees from our potential highs, but we still have a good chance to top 80. The front should then be in a better position to produce a few scattered showers and storms at night and into at least part of Wednesday before the front exits. Afternoon highs should still be able to top out around 80. Keep in mind these next few days will also be humid with dew points in the 60's.
The upper level pattern later this week and into the weekend will still feature a dominant upper ridge over the eastern half of the country with a northeast to southwest oriented trough to the west. This pattern will keep the Upper Midwest in warm and muggy southwest flow, but with another front laying out in the Plains, chances for rain will again be increasing. Thursday actually looks dry with the old front draped just to our south. Some of our southern counties may still have to contend with a few showers and storms, while the Chippewa Valley looks dry with sun and clouds. Temperatures will be in the 70's. We all then see the chance for scattered showers and storms return on Friday and into the first part of the weekend. This isn't great news for those hoping for some nice weather in Chippewa Falls for Oktoberfest. Of course changes are still certainly possible, but as it looks now, the front will be moving east, bringing the storm chances with more warm and muggy air around. Once the front passes, it will cool down and by next Sunday we may see highs back down around 70 with dry weather.