StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 62° / Low 39°... Cooler today with sunny to partly cloudy skies. Still a bit breezy. Mostly clear and chilly tonight. Some frost possible north & east.
Last updated Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7:40 AM...
As advertised, a cold front brought a narrow and quick-hitting line of showers and t-storms to the region late yesterday afternoon into last evening. Many spots picked up a quick .10" to .25" of rain, including .19" at the La Crosse airport. The storms also provided plenty of lightning, gusty winds 35-45 mph and small hail in spots. There was one isolated report of quarter-size hail (1.00" in diameter) just east of Viroqua around 9pm.
It will be cooler today behind the cold front with highs in the low 60s under a sunny to partly cloudy sky. It will still be a bit breezy as well with north winds 10-20 and gusts to 25 mph possible.
Tonight will be mostly clear and winds will become light. This will lead to a chilly night with morning lows in the 35-40º range. However, traditional colder spots north & east will again slip into the upper 20s to low 30s (like they did Monday and Tuesday mornings). This could lead to some areas of frost, so the NWS has issued a FROST ADVISORY from 1am to 7am Thursday for Eau Claire, Chippewa, Clark, Jackson, Monroe, Juneau & Adams counties.
The cool down will be a brief one as high temps should rebound back into the upper 60s to around 70º on Thursday under partly cloudy skies.
Looking Ahead... It's looking quite warm Friday with highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s. A weak cool front will then bring a small chance for a few t-showers Friday night into Saturday. Good news as Mother's Day Sunday is still looking dry. High temps this weekend will mainly be in the low 70s.
Some rain chances return next week, mainly late Monday through Wednesday. It won't rain that whole time, but expect at least a slight chance for some periodic showers and t-storms as a system moves in from the southwest. High temps for much of next week look to be in the upper 60s to near 70º.
Have a wonderful Wednesday! -Bill Graul