It was a cold night into this morning- in fact it was Eau Claire’s first freeze with a low of exactly 32 degrees. This comes just over two weeks later than the average first freeze.
The cold air means that the bugs that haven’t died yet or gone into hibernation are moving very slowly and it won’t be much longer before they’ll all be gone until at least March. After that chilly night which was only 5 degrees below the average low, temperatures this afternoon only warmed into the low 50s at best, below Eau Claire’s average high of 59.
We’re not done with 60s yet, however, as those will be possible later in the week and next weekend.
First we’ll have to deal with some cooler weather again as a cold front tonight brings rain chances after midnight. Expect scattered showers and temperatures near 40 degrees throughout the night, though slowly rising after midnight when temperatures will be near or just below 40. Rain tapers off mid-morning and most will get a break from the rain chances through the middle of the day before chances return in late afternoon and evening.
Areas to the north of Eau Claire will have lower chances of the rain taking a break, and temperatures will be coolest where it rains all day but should rise into the upper 40s at least where there is no rain for a few hours.
Wednesday will be a gloomy day and while rain isn’t expected, a few chilly showers could pop up in the otherwise mostly cloudy sky.
Temperatures will again push close to freezing Wednesday night before warmer air pushes in from the southwest. Highs near 60 are likely Thursday through Sunday with just a chance of rain mainly Friday night. That won’t last too long, however, as rain returns early next week along a cold front.