StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 81° / Low 66°... Showers shift north early today, then some sunshine & dry hours midday. More storms likely later this afternoon and into tonight.
Updated Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:40 AM...
Rain started falling in La Crosse yesterday afternoon and more rain fell overnight. Most spots picked up anywhere from .25" to .75", including .53" at the La Crosse airport. However, there were locally heavier amounts over 1.00"... especially north & west of La Crosse.
An area of low pressure will slowly lift north and east across the region over the next 24 hours, so keep the umbrellas handy. The good news is this morning's rain will lift north and out of the area this morning. We'll then see plenty of dry hours midday along with some sunshine. This will help warm highs today into the upper 70s to low 80s. It will also be rather humid today with dew points well into the 60s.
As the low and its associated frontal boundaries get closer to the region later today, expect another round of showers and t-storms later this afternoon and into tonight. Any stronger storms that develop could produce some locally heavy rainfall, gusty winds and small hail.
A secondary cold front tracking in from the northwest will combine with our current area of low pressure, continuing the rain chances for Saturday. However the rain chances look to be more hit & miss... and most areas should see some dry time Saturday as well. Expect high temps Saturday right around 80º.
High pressure will briefly build in Sunday, so this will be the pick day of the Labor Day weekend. It will be warm with highs in the low-mid 80s, with partly to mostly sunny skies.
Another cool front will approach the region from the west by Sunday night. Clouds will increase and thunderstorms will build in Sunday night and continue into the first half of Labor Day. We'll have to watch this system as some storms will have the potential to become strong to severe, especially west of the Miss. River. Stay tuned!
Monday afternoon the storms should clear out and temperatures will warm to near 80 degrees.
Looking Ahead... Many kids head back to school next Tuesday and it should be a nice day with highs right around 80º under partly cloudy skies. Wednesday looks mainly dry as well with highs in the low 80s.
Unsettled weather returns later in the week with periodic chances for showers and t-storms Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Temps will remain above average with highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s.
Happy Friday and have a great and safe Labor Day holiday weekend! -Bill Graul