This week starts much warmer than the last as temperatures climb towards average for the first half of the week. But, with the our next two weather makers starting in the overnight hours, temperature trends will need to be closely monitored.
It starts Monday as a mostly cloudy sky is accompanied by light southerly winds. High temperatures will climb towards our average of 40 degrees. Wind chills won’t be much of a factor Monday.
A warm front will sweep across Minnesota and Wisconsin which will create a line of rain, freezing drizzle/sleet, and snow overnight. But, if and when this line of showers transitions to that freezing mix will highly depend on when and if temperatures hit freezing.
We’ll see this band of precipitation head into the valley after 7 pm with rain transitioning to snowfall shortly afterwards. It will persist through early Tuesday morning, likely wrapping up before the morning commute.
It may still cause a few patchy slick spots but temperatures will continue to rise above freezing again Tuesday, so it won’t likely last long.
It’s one of those tricky system where there is a large area of uncertainty where the snow lines up. Accumulating snow is even trickier to forecast with this type of system because of when the transition from rain to snow begins, how long it lasts and when it changes back to rain.
The best chances for accumulating snow will likely be north and east of Eau Claire with places along the line of Ladysmith to Rhinelander seeing some accumulation. Upwards of an inch of snow will be possible.
We’ll catch a breather late Tuesday and Wednesday before another warm and moist system moves in Thursday. As of now this looks to be all rain, but there will likely be a transition line from rain to snow somewhere across the region. It’s something we’ll want to monitor after this first system moves through.