Tranquil. Aside from a few showers and isolated thunderstorms late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, a fairly quiet week is on tap for western Wisconsin with, yet again, above average temperatures. However, we can not rule out one or two sub-freezing mornings in the area.
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- Monday – Partly Cloudy and Breezy, Highs: 60s
- Tuesday – Showers Very Early, Partly Cloudy, Highs: Upper 50s/Low 60s
- Wednesday – Mostly Sunny, Highs: Upper 50s/Low 60s
- Thursday – Mostly Sunny, Highs: Upper 50s
- Friday – Mostly Sunny, Highs: Upper 50s
- Saturday/Sunday – Chance of Showers, Partly Cloudy, Highs: Upper 50s
The Easter holiday weekend looks decent; overall, nothing out of the ordinary in comparison to our recent weather trend.
Short-term, through this week…A weak low pressure area and incoming cold front will work to bring us a few showers and isolated thunderstorms Monday night. The latest indications suggest most of the rain will track south, but not far enough to rule out rain for the Chippewa Valley. This is good news considering the fire danger. As of Monday, it is low to moderate, but a few days of dry weather will allow the threat to increase to high.
Canadian high pressure will settle in from the north late Tuesday, clearing out the sky and setting us up for a few quiet days. While sunshine will be common, overnight lows will likely drop near or below freezing. If you have any early growing or blooming plants, it will be a good idea to throw a blanket over those on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights for the following mornings.
Long-term, for Easter weekend…It appears rain showers may pass through the area on Easter weekend, and if the timing is right, we cannot go without mentioning the slight potenial of non-accumulating snow. An area of low pressure and potent mid-level trough will scoot across the northern tier of the U.S. With a cold front dropping in later Saturday, I anticipate scattered showers and plenty of cloud cover. *If* the activity lingers into Saturday night when temperatures cool into the lower/mid 30s, a few flakes may fall, especially in areas an hour’s drive north and east of Eau Claire. No travel problems are expected.
Temperatures for next week may hold near average with the models suggesting a pool of cooler air nudging in from the northwest. Hopefully, we will stay dry, at least during the overnights, as cooler air would allow for snow. Personally, let’s leave the snow for next winter!
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more from Beyond the Forecast…
This post was written by Nick Grunseth on April 2, 2012