High Today: 76F / Low Tonight: 59F - Last updated Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:48 AM...
RIVER FLOOD WARNINGS remain in effect until further notice for the Mississippi River at Wabasha and the PdC/McGregor area. The river has dropped below flood stage in the La Crosse and Winona areas. The river remains slightly above flood stage in Wabasha and PdC/McGregor with minor flooding occurring. The Mississippi crested at 15.54' in Wabasha... 17.30' in Winona... 14.55' in La Crosse... and 21.75' in the PdC/McGregor area. Remember to NEVER drive or walk through flooded areas.
Some spots saw a few sprinkles early this morning, but they quickly fizzled out by sunrise. It's going to be a warm and dry day with sunny to partly cloudy skies. Expect highs in the low-mid 70s.
It will be mild tonight with clear skies to start. Clouds will increase after midnight as another frontal boundary approaches and brings a chance for a narrow line of showers and t-storms after about 3 or 4 a.m. The storms likely won't impact the immediate La Crosse area until after about 5 or 6 a.m.
The showers and t-storms will then linger through about 10 or 11 a.m. Thursday before exiting south and east. They will likely end in the La Crosse area by about 9 a.m. or so. There's an outside chance for a few isolated strong to severe storms with hail and gusty winds, but I think the better chance for stronger storms will be south of our viewing area later in the day as storms refire along the front. Any spots that see t-storms could pick up a quick .50" or more of rain.
Thursday afternoon looks dry for most areas with partly sunny skies. It will be warm with highs in the mid 70s to around 80F.
Looking Ahead... Friday through the weekend looks unsettled with periodic chances for rain and a few t-storms. The cause for this wet pattern will be a frontal boundary hung up across the region from west to east. Disturbances will track along the front and just enhance the rain chances. With rain chances and expected cloud cover increasing, high temps will likely be in the 60s Friday through the weekend. In fact, on Saturday some areas might struggle just to escape the 50s... especially in northern parts of the viewing area.
Monday looks mainly dry, but breezy with partly sunny skies. Highs will be in the mid-upper 60s. Another system will bring more rain on Tuesday, perhaps lingering into Wednesday as well. This will keep highs in the mid-upper 60s.
With all of the rain chances over the next week or so, rainfall totals could start to add up. Some forecast models indicate the chance for anywhere from 2" to 4" of rain over the next 7 days. This could once again impact water levels on some area streams and rivers, including the Miss. River.
In the meantime, enjoy the dry and warm day today! -Bill Graul
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