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Rain chances increase through Friday

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It was another nice, sunny day with highs in the 40s and 50s across Western Wisconsin. While there were some clouds in the sky, we definitely got more sun than clouds unlike our neighbors to the east. Highs near and east of Interstate 39/US 51 struggled to reach 40 under thicker cloud cover. This means that March went out like a lamb, just the way it started.

The Chippewa River at Eau Claire crested earlier this morning about two feet below flood stage, but the river at Durand is above and still rising, expected to crest around 14 feet early tomorrow afternoon.

April brings more chances for showers, with just a slight chance tomorrow. Thankfully for the rivers, any precipitation won't add up to much.

Scattered chances continue Thursday before rain becomes likely Thursday night into Friday. Here, we could see some decent rainfall to add to this year's precipitation surplus. Some spots could see a half inch up to an inch.

This, most likely, chance for rain comes along a cold front, so while temperatures in the morning on Friday will be steady in the mid 40s, expect them to fall to around 40 in the evening. This means that any precipitation falling near or after 6 PM could change over to snow as temperatures continue to fall into Saturday morning, but precipitation should be out well before sunrise.

Saturday should manage to get up to about 50 before warmer air starts to push in for Sunday. More rain chances along a warm front this time return Sunday night and last through early week.

Despite the rain, highs should climb into the 60s and there's a chance they get close to 70 by Tuesday.

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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