LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Monica Ott
*SHOWERS AND STORMS RETURN IN THE COMING DAYS, MORE FALL-LIKE TEMPERATURES CONTINUE THROUGH THE WEEK.*
A few scattered storms as temperatures cool to the 50's and low 60's. The jet stream continues to inch further south Wednesday keeping temperatures on the cooler side. The weather will become more active through Thursday with high pressure developing in the Plains. We'll be sandwiched between a warm front up to the south ahead of that low and a cold front near Northern Minnesota. Showers and a few thunderstorms are expected to develop between these features, there may be times when it is dry but rain chances increase during the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 60's and low 70's, close to average for most locations.
The low is then forecast to push up to the northeast and through the state by late Wednesday into Thursday. Rain and storm chances will continue through the day and few of these storms could bring heavy rain, gusty winds and hail. We will be watching the threat of severe weather closely that day. Keep an eye on the sky if you'll be spending long periods of time outdoors. Flooding may be an issue, some spots could pick up several inches of rain. As the low lifts a bit further north we should also warm a bit more with highs rising back into the lower 70's.
Drier weather will then return by Friday with weak high pressure taking over. We will see a partly cloudy sky while it remains a little bit cooler with highs in the upper 60's. There is a little uncertainty going into the weekend with at least a couple of smaller system around the Upper Midwest but if any of these disturbances work their way toward Western Wisconsin the impact doesn't look too significant. At this point we look to welcome the fall season with mostly dry and cool conditions on Saturday. The second half of the weekend should feature similar weather. Changes come for the start of the work week the next weather maker will arrive Monday or Tuesday bringing storm chances back to the area. The timing and impact is still somewhat up in the air but wet weather and seasonal temperatures can be expected.