StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 61° / Low 48°... Becoming cloudy this evening. Showers and isolated t-storms overnight. Still mild this weekend.
Updated Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM...
A frontal complex will track from the Dakotas into eastern Minnesota tonight. Look for clouds to increase from west to east across the region this evening. There is a slight chance of a stray shower this evening, but most of us will remain dry. A better chance of showers... and maybe a t-storm or two... arrives after 2AM. Clouds and a South wind around 10 mph will keep temperatures in the 40s tonight.
Rain showers will continue into Thursday morning, then shift east by afternoon. Most forecast models indicate anywhere from .10" to .35" of rain will be possible with the system late tonight into Thursday morning. Clouds will gradually decrease Thursday afternoon from west to east. Highs tomorrow will be back in the upper 50s to low 60s.
Hopefully the clouds will clear fast enough tomorrow afternoon to give us a chance to see the partial solar eclipse. The eclipse is set to start in the La Crosse area around 4:30pm, with the maximum around 5:43pm... then ends around 6:45pm - but the sun will set before that at about 6:10pm. This is just a partial eclipse with about 40%-50% of the sun covered by the Moon's shadow. Those west of the Miss. River will have the best chance of the clouds clearing in time, but it will be a close call for the rest of us. Stay tuned.
Looking Ahead... Temps will warm well above average Friday through Sunday with highs in the upper 60s Friday, cooling slightly into the low to mid 60s Saturday and Sunday... then back into the upper 60s Monday. Some spots, like La Crosse, could even flirt with 70º on Friday and Monday. All three days look dry until a slight chance of showers arrives Sunday night.
A chance of rain showers starts the new week. It will then turn windy and cooler Tuesday with lingering showers possible. Highs will cool into the mid-upper 50s Tuesday through Thursday... but this is actually where we should be this time of year. Wednesday looks dry with another chance of rain Thursday.
Have a great night! -Cory Malles