StormTeam 8 Forecast:  High 78° / Low 59°... Valley fog early this morning, then mostly sunny & pleasant. Mostly clear tonight. Areas of valley fog possible late.

Updated Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 7:37 AM...

It was a cool start to July for the region with highs well short of average. The high in La Crosse was 72º, but parts of SE Minnesota & NE Iowa saw highs only in the mid 60s. Average highs in our area for July 1st are in the 80-85º range.

Clear skies, light winds & cool temps are leading to areas of fog in the river valleys early this morning. Once that mixes out by about 9am... expect plenty of sunshine with pleasant highs in the upper 70s.

Tonight will be mostly clear with lows in the mid-upper 50s. Once again, areas of fog will be possible in the river valleys.

Temps warm closer to average on Friday with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. Expect sunny to partly cloudy skies and the bulk of the day will be dry. A weak cool front will slide south into northern parts of the viewing area late in the day and could spark a few isolated t-showers between about 6pm to 10pm. Most areas will remain dry.

Looking Ahead... It will be warmer for the holiday weekend with highs in the mid 80s. That weak cool front will weaken and wash out as it tries to track a little farther south on our 4th of July Saturday. However, I can't fully rule out an isolated t-shower or two trying to pop along the "left-over" boundary with the heating of the day on Saturday... and some of the local forecast models are indicating that as well. However, most spots should remain dry.

Much of Sunday will be dry as well, but then a disturbance will bring a good chance of showers and t-storms by Sunday night and into Monday. The rain chance will knock highs Monday back into the upper 70s to near 80º.

High pressure builds back Tuesday and will provide dry days Tuesday and Wednesday. A chance of showers and t-storms rolls through Thursday... then dry again Friday. Temps next week will be a bit below average with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s.

Have a great Thursday! -Bill Graul