Outlook: Another sun-filled day, but wet and cooler weather ahead

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Rain fell on parts of the Eau Claire area and west central Wisconsin early Wednesday morning. But, the day itself will be sunny and nice with highs in the 70s. Humidity will not be an issue, and the wind will be light.

Widespread rain with embedded thunderstorms are likely this weekend. More than an inch of rain is possible.

Looking ahead, the weather will be more active due to the upper air pattern and a “train” of surface lows moving over the Midwest. Early Thursday morning, between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m., showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely, as a warm front lifts over the Midwest. Later in the day, the sun will shine and temperatures will climb into the upper 70s. It will feel more humid too with dewpoints near 60 degrees. A cold front will pass through the region late tomorrow afternoon, so Thursday night and Friday will be cooler. Friday’s highs will be in the 60s, and cloud cover will increase with rain possible late.

This weekend will be wet with widespread rain and embedded thunderstorms. A strong surface low will slowly move over the central United States, while a vigorous, upper-level wave pushes over the Rockies and the western Plains. Basically, it will not rain every hour this weekend, but it will rain most of them. More than an inch of rain is possible, and highs will be in the 50s. Some area rivers and streams could slowly rise because of the amount of rain that is possible.

The active weather pattern will continue most of next week, and it will be cooler with highs in the upper 50s and 60s. Thankfully, lows will be well above freezing. Eau Claire’s record low for Wednesday, May 15th is 27 degrees set in 2016. It is a reminder of what can still come this time of year!

Nick Grunseth

Nick Grunseth

Nick Grunseth first joined WQOW News 18 in September 2007. He was the weekend meteorologist and a weekday reporter for two years before becoming the Daybreak meteorologist at sister station WXOW in La Crosse. In January 2012, Nick returned to Eau Claire as the Daybreak meteorologist. He was promoted to chief meteorologist in August 2013, but still wakes up early to give the Chippewa Valley its forecast.

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