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Weather Outlook: Nicer temps this week with occasional rain

Taken May 19th. Courtesy of the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Department.

While it’s a matter of opinion, most will agree last weekend’s weather was terrible. Sunday was the toughest day in the Upper Midwest. Eau Claire’s high was 46 degrees, the coldest high temperature every observed on May 19th. 1 to 2 inches of rain fell in the Eau Claire area, while locations north and northeast of Eau Claire, which includes the Rice Lake, Cornell, and Ladysmith areas, received 2 to 4+ inches of rain. In far northern Wisconsin, up to 6 inches of wet, heavy snow fell. That’s just crazy!

A surface high will slowly drift over the Midwest on Monday and Monday night. In west central Wisconsin, expect a mostly sunny sky with highs in the lower 60s, followed by a clear sky on Monday night with lows in the 30s. Areas of fog are possible after midnight, and some locations in northern Wisconsin could become frosty.

Tuesday will start sunny, then cloud cover will increase with showers possible in the late afternoon. A surface low will develop and move over the north central United States. Showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely Tuesday night, and the rain threat will linger part of Wednesday. Late in the week, another low will develop and affect the region on Friday, which will produce more showers and some thunderstorms.

It will be warmer later this week with highs in the 70s! Overnight lows will be in the 40s and 50s, except for Monday night, with temps will slip into the 30s. Memorial Day weekend appears decent with a mostly sunny sky on Saturday and a partly cloudy sky on Sunday. Showers cannot be ruled out on Sunday, but at this time, rain appears more likely for Memorial Day.

Our areas rivers are high and fast because of recent rain! A Flood Warning is posted for the Chippewa River from southern Dunn County through the Durand area, where minor flooding is expected. If you have plans to be on the water this weekend, plan accordingly.

Nick Grunseth

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