A Gloomy and Cool Weekend Ahead

RIVER FLOOD WARNINGS remain in effect until further notice for the Mississippi River at Lake City & Wabasha downstream through PdC/McGregor (moderate flooding expected to continue this week). The Mississippi crested at 15.54' in Wabasha... 17.30' in Winona... 14.55' in La Crosse... and 21.34' in the PdC/McGregor area. The river is starting to slowly rise again in most locations due to recent rain and snow. Please keep in mind the river will likely remain above flood stages in most areas for the next week or two, so continue to use caution near the water and NEVER drive or walk through flooded areas. Also keep an eye on tributaries that will be rising as well, especially the Trempealeau River.

A strong storm system exits the region Friday. As it moves away, expect a few sprinkles or flurries through late Friday night. While precipitation will exit the region late Friday night, clouds a gusty winds will hang on. Look for lows to range from the middle 20s in the north to the lower 30s across the south. However, gusty southwest winds at 10-20 mph, with gusts to 30 mph will make it feel colder.

Saturday will be a cloudy, breezy and cool day. Look for highs to range from the upper 30s to middle 40s. However, a stiff west wind at 10-20 mph will make it feel colder.

We'll see a mix of sun and clouds Sunday. These clouds will come from a storm system that will pass by to our south. This system will be close enough to spread clouds into the area, but far enough a way to keep any precipitation south of the area. look for highs in the upper 40s. Our average highs for this time of year should be in the middle and upper 50s.

Looking Ahead... We will see a warmer to start next week with highs Monday in the mid 50s, with a few 60s likely Tuesday. Monday and Tuesday also look dry.

Many forecast models are increasing rain chances for our area beginning Tuesday night, then continuing through Wednesday and Thursday. A few t-storms are also possible Wednesday. Colder air filters in Friday and could cause any lingering rain showers to mix with snow showers before ending. Look for highs to slip back into the lower 50s.

Next Saturday looks dry at this point with highs back in the low-mid 50s.

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