LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Drew Williams
**FLOOD WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT LA CROSSE, WABASHA & WINONA**
**A SUNNY AND DRY START TO MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, BUT WET WEATHER RETURNS MONDAY**
A weak tornado moved through southwest La Crosse County and northern Vernon County around 8:45 last night. An EF-0 tornado with winds around 75 miles per hour. No injuries or property damage were reported. Otherwise, plenty of sunshine to start off Memorial Day weekend. There have been a few isolated pop up showers this afternoon, but most of those have moved out of the area. The rest of the evening will be dry across Western Wisconsin. Winds have been a bit breezy today starting from the southwest, and now shifting to the northwest. That initial southerly flow helped to warm temperatures above average this afternoon. Temperatures topped out in the mid and upper 70's for the Chippewa Valley. A few spots in the Coulee Region reached the low 80's.
High pressure returns to the area on Sunday. We will be treated to another nice day with more sunshine and highs again in the mid 70's. Make the most of this nice weekend weather however, because rain returns for Memorial Day. The active pattern we've been in all month will continue as the upper trough in the southwest states develops another low pressure system in the Plains. This storm is forecast to arrive on Monday, bringing more widespread showers and possible thunderstorms. Depending on the track of the low and placement of a warm front, some of the rain may not only be heavy, but there will also be the potential for some stronger storms. Highs will drop back into the 60's.
The upper trough will pivot up to the northeast and continue to bring unsettled weather to our region Tuesday and possibly even into next Wednesday with still the chance for at least a few showers. Clouds will be more dominant than sunshine and highs will stay below average, in the 60's. It looks like the final days of the month will remain cool, so we can only hope the arrival of June will bring some needed warmer and drier weather!