StormTeam 8 Forecast:  High 51º / Low 40°... Periods of rain today. A few t-storms possible. Showers end this evening with decreasing clouds overnight. Dry & warmer Friday. 

Updated Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:30 AM...

Have the rain gear handy today as it's going to be a soggy Thursday! Low pressure will slowly track east across the region today, bringing periods of rain. A few t-storms are possible as well. Many areas had already picked up anywhere from .25" to .70" by 7:00 this morning. Rain totals by tonight could range from .50" to 1.25" across much of the region. There could be some isolated totals in the 1.50" to 2.00" range. The clouds and rain today will keep temps in check with highs only in the upper 40s to low 50s. It will feel even cooler with SE winds 10-20 mph.

The rain showers should shift east of La Crosse by about 8 or 9pm, then clear our eastern communities by 10 or 11pm. Otherwise expect decreasing clouds overnight with seasonably cool lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. If skies clear fast enough, areas of fog could develop in some areas towards daybreak.

I've removed the small rain chances we had in the forecast for Friday afternoon. It looks like any precip will stay to our north/east. Partly sunny skies should help warm highs Friday into the 60-65º range, which is about average for this time of year. It will be a bit breezy with west winds 10-20 and gusts to 25 mph possible.

Looking Ahead... A weak cool front will slide south across the region Friday evening. A few models indicate a stray shower could crop up along the front Friday night into Saturday morning, but it's a small chance and mainly to our south/east. I'm going to keep us dry into Saturday with slightly cooler highs in the upper 50s.

Clouds will increase through the day Saturday with a chance of rain moving back in Saturday night into Sunday. This could be a prolonged period of rain showers Sunday through at least Tuesday as a strong and very slow moving area of low pressure slides by to our south. There could be a few t-storms as well on Sunday and Monday. The clouds and rain chances will keep temps on the cool side, with highs in the 50-55º range.

A few showers could linger in parts of the area on Wednesday, then it looks like we should finally dry out and start to warm up later next week. Highs will warm back into the upper 50s Thursday, then low-mid 60s Friday.

Have a great Thursday and stay dry out there! -Bill Graul