Weather Outlook: More rain tonight comes with gusty winds

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Clouds have moved in with rain this evening, which will become more widespread with time tonight. Showers could contain a few rumbles of thunder, too, but the main concern is actually the wind. A Wind Advisory is in effect for St. Croix and Pierce counties for the first half of the night, where gusts over 45 mph are possible.

All places will see sustained winds over 20 mph with gusts near 40 tonight to go along with the rain. Temperatures will fall back to the upper 40s, and the widespread rain will be out by morning. However, the sky will remain mostly cloudy and scattered shower chances remain all day, with one or two possibly containing thunder.

In total, expect between 1/4″ and 3/4″ rain tonight and tomorrow, which isn’t too much but will continue to affect localized flooding, especially along rivers and streams. Flood Warnings remain in effect for the Chippewa River at both Eau Claire and Durand as well as the Mississippi River at Wabasha and Winona.

At least temperatures will start to warm up. By Thursday we’ll be dry with highs near 70, and Friday brings warmer air with highs in the mid 70s to start off the long holiday weekend.

Unfortunately, this comes with scattered showers and thunderstorms late Thursday night through Friday, but we’ll be drying out again Saturday and Sunday, with only small chances for a few showers Sunday and Monday with highs staying in the low 70s.

All in all, the Memorial Day weekend looks good. Rain chances look better again starting on Tuesday.

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer was promoted to Chief Meteorologist in July of 2019 and has been our evening meteorologist for News 18 since June of 2016. Prior to that, he was our Saturday meteorologist starting in September 2014. Matt was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He enjoys all the extremes that mother nature throws at the Badger State: from severe thunderstorms to blizzards to subzero temperatures. Matt studied meteorology in the Midwest as well, earning his Bachelor's of Science in Meteorology at Valparaiso University in Indiana. There, Matt was heavily involved in VUTV Weather, the Valpo student chapter of AMS/NWA, and VUSIT (Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team). He's logged more than 20,000 miles chasing and studying severe storms all across the country and witnessed nine tornadoes including six in one day! Matt describes himself as a Wisconsin boy at heart and enjoys cheering for the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and Admirals just to name a few. He loves simply being outdoors and enjoys the Wisconsin wilderness especially in fall, and whitetail deer season!

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