Weather Outlook: Light rain possible overnight, then sunshine before the storm

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We got plenty of sunshine during the morning and early afternoon hours Monday which was great in melting snow and getting temperatures to break into the 50’s. A short wave of energy sprouted across northern Minnesota and spread a thin cloud layer over much of Wisconsin. We may see a few of those light showers make their way into the area overnight, but they should clear nicely Tuesday afternoon.

Rainfall forecasts are trending drier as the event gets closer, still 1-2” of widespread rainfall is expected through Friday morning.

The next round of rain starts overnight Tuesday into the day on Wednesday. A chance for heavy rainfall at times as the atmosphere is poised to produce some weak thunderstorms. This rain event is carried by a system setting up in Colorado Tuesday night. As the low intensifies we’ll see more rain carry into Thursday and possibly Friday morning. Thursday’s rain will be on and off, and lighter than Wednesday. However, we’re looking for a widespread 1 to 2 inches of rain accumulation by the end of it.

That amount of rain over a longer period of time isn’t as threatening for flash flooding, but longer term flooding concerns may arrive as the ground is already very saturated and there is still some snow to melt. Our depth is closing in on 1 inch now in Eau Claire but the big piles will survive until this rain hits.

The good news is Easter weekend starts off nice with 60’s and sunshine, but Easter Sunday has the possibility for a few rumbles, so keep an eye on that as the holiday nears.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly

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