StormTeam 8 Forecast:  High 68° / Low 46°... Valley fog early, then sunny to partly cloudy and a bit warmer. Mostly clear & cool tonight with more valley fog likely late. Colder temps north & east.

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:40 AM...

A fairly nice little stretch of weather is shaping up for the area. High pressure will be in control through Thursday, making for mostly sunny and dry days... and mostly clear and cool nights. Like this morning, areas of fog will be possible during the late night and early morning hours, especially in the river valleys.

As for temps, expect slightly warmer highs today in the mid-upper 60s, then upper 60s to low 70s Wednesday... and upper 60s on Thursday. The reason Thursday could be a couple degrees cooler is a weak cool front will try to back its way into the region from the northeast before weakening and shifting east. Low temps will be in the mid 40s again tonight, but favored cool spots north & east could dip into the mid 30s. Tomorrow night's lows will be closer to 50º in La Crosse... with temps in the 40-45º range north & east.

Looking Ahead... Our next chance of rain arrives with a system tracking in from the southwest late Thursday night through Saturday. Unfortunately the highest chance for showers and t-storms looks to be on Saturday. The system will also usher in warmer and more humid air, with highs Friday and Saturday in the low-mid 70s.

At this point it looks like any rain should shift out of our area by very early Sunday morning with the rest of the day being dry with highs around 70º. This would be great news for the King Apple Parade for Applefest in La Crescent, MN.

The first half of next week is looking mainly dry as another ridge of high pressure dominates. Some cooler air could filter in from the north/east and drop highs into the mid-upper 60s Monday and Tuesday... then warm back to around 70º by Wednesday.

Have a great Tuesday! -Bill Graul