Dry This Morning… Chance Of More Rain This Afternoon
Showers & T-Storms Likely Tonight
Wednesday’s Forecast High: 84F / Tonight’s Low: 66F…
It was another very warm and humid day Tuesday with highs in the 80s. In fact, we just missed hitting 90F at the La Crosse airport with a high of 89F.
As advertised, scattered showers and t-storms developed during the afternoon and evening hours… and some were strong to severe. There were several reports of strong wind gusts that resulted in sporadic tree damage. Reports of lawn furniture, gazebos and trampolines being blown around as well. There were reports of funnel clouds in Pepin and Clark counties, but fortunately no tornadoes touched down in our area. Small hail and brief heavy rain fell with some of the storms as well.
Today will be another warm and humid day as that front remains stalled just to our north and west. Yet another wave of energy will lift northward along the front, bringing the chance for another round of scattered showers and t-storms this afternoon. Expect highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s.
Showers and t-storms become likely tonight as the front starts to inch its way east across the region, while at the same time low pressure lifts northeast along the front. Pockets of heavy rain will be possible overnight. Lows tonight will mainly be in the low-mid 60s.
Expect periods of rain to linger through about midday Thursday as well. Rainfall totals by Thursday afternoon could range from .50″ to 2.00″ (or more in spots). The highest rainfall totals are expected south and east of La Crosse. Widespread flooding is not expected at this time, but street flooding and ponding of water could result in any heavier downpours. Also expect rising (but within bank) water levels on some creeks, rivers and streams.
The rain should taper and shift east Thursday afternoon as the front FINALLY gets kicked east. This will cause clouds to decrease late in the day, with lower humidity values as well. Highs Thursday will be in the mid-upper 70s for most.
Looking Ahead… Drier, but cooler weather is expected Friday through the weekend. Expect highs around 70F Friday with partly sunny skies, a bit breezy too. The weekend is looking dry and pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. Highs will again be around 70F Saturday, then low-mid 70s Sunday.
Temps start to warm again heading into June, especially next Tuesday through Thursday with highs back in the 80s. Humidity levels will be increasing as well. With the warmer and more humid air will come at least slight chances for periodic showers and t-storms.
Have a wonderful Wednesday… but be sure to keep the rain gear handy! -Bill Graul
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