Saturday will gain another four minutes of daylight, bringing Eau Claire up to 11 hours and 27 minutes of daylight! It's only a couple weeks from the Equinox, too, so daylight is increasing at about the fastest rate of the year.
Friday's sunset was at 5:59pm, and Saturday's will be at 6:01. That's the first of 236 consecutive sunsets after 6pm, running from March 6 all the way through October 27. In addition, the sun will set after 7pm next Sunday night because Saturday night into Sunday morning (Mar. 14) is when our clocks spring forward as Daylight Saving Time begins.
Highs ranged from 40 to 50 on Friday all across the Chippewa Valley after another mostly sunny day. The wind was light so there was virtually no wind chill effect. Saturday will almost be an exact copy of Friday's forecast. Highs will be in the mid to upper 40s in the Chippewa Valley with low to mid 40s to the north and northeast. It will again come with light winds.
A breeze starts to pick up Saturday night out of the southeast, which will keep temps from falling as far as the past couple nights. Expect lows by Sunday morning in the mid to upper 20s, and highs will climb into the mid to upper 50s as that south-southeast breeze strengthens.
While gusts will be near or above 30mph, it'll be the warmest of the year to date. That won't stand long, as temps climb into the low 60s Monday and Tuesday ahead of a cold front that now looks like it won't arrive until Wednesday.
That comes with scattered showers and possibly some rumbles of thunder. After that front moves through, temps will still be mild with highs in the mid to upper 40s.