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StormTeam 8 Detailed Forecast

Published On: Feb 05 2014 02:41:24 PM CST
Updated On: Sep 01 2014 11:51:43 AM CDT
Bill Graul

WKBT, News8000.com

Bill Graul

StormTeam 8 Forecast:  High 79° / Low 59°...  Mix of clouds & sun. Chance of showers & t-storms this morning and through about 3pm. Partly cloudy tonight. Patchy valley fog possible late. 

Updated Monday, September 1, 2014 at 7:40 AM...

It was a warm and humid last day of August with highs Sunday well into the 80s, including 87º at the La Crosse airport. An approaching cool front then sparked a round of showers and t-storms that raced into our area late last night. Fortunately the storms weakened as they tracked into our area, but they were still able to produce wind gusts around 50 mph. There were a few reports of tree damage in the Centerville & Trempealeau areas. Earlier in the evening, these storms were producing 60-80+ mph winds across parts of Iowa.

Scattered showers and t-storms are continuing across the area early this morning as the cool front is still to our west. The front will track east across the region today and take the rain chances with it, however there will still be at least a slight chance of t-showers until the front tracks through. This may take until about 2 or 3pm for some areas, so keep those umbrellas handy just in case. Expect some sunshine to mix in by late morning and into this afternoon as well, helping to push highs today into the 75-80º range.

Weak high pressure will try to take over tonight and Tuesday and keep most of the region dry. Skies will be partly cloudy tonight with lows in the 55-60º range. Winds will be light which could lead to some patchy fog late tonight into early Tuesday morning, especially in the valleys.

Most of the region will stay dry Tuesday, but some forecast models hint at the chance of afternoon storms... mainly north & east. So I will add this small chance to the forecast, but again I think most spots should remain dry. Otherwise it will be a pleasant day for many area kids to head back to school with highs in the upper 70s and fairly low humidity.

Looking Ahead... Some summer-like heat and humidity return for Wednesday and Thursday. Expect highs in the low-mid 80s Wednesday... then mid-upper 80s Thursday. Dew points will climb well into the 60s, perhaps even into the low-mid 70s in spots. A system will then track in from the west and bring another chance of showers and t-storms by Wednesday night into Thursday. We will have to keep an eye on this setup as there's a chance some of the storms could be strong with locally heavy rainfall. What else is new right?!?

Some storms could linger into Friday morning, otherwise Friday afternoon through the weekend is looking mainly dry. However, it will cooler with highs in the 70-75º range. In fact, some spots Saturday may have to struggle just to escape the upper 60s. The following week looks to start with at least some slight chances for scattered showers and t-storms.

Have a great Labor Day! -Bill Graul

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