StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 73° / Low 50°... Plenty of sun today, windy & warm. Breezy & mild tonight with showers likely. Some t-storms also possible tonight.
Updated Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7:37 AM...
What a marvelous end to March with plenty of sunshine and highs yesterday in the low-mid 60s... well above our average high of 52º.
It will be even warmer today to start April! Expect sunny to partly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s. I'm forecasting a high of 73º (No joke!!) in La Crosse and if we hit it - it would be the warmest day so far this year... and the warmest day since Sep. 28th of last year when it was 85º.
It will also turn quite windy today, especially this afternoon. Expect south winds 10-20 mph, with gust of 25-40 mph possible. There could even be some isolated gusts in the 40-50 mph range in favored open/flat areas west of the Miss. River. As a result, the NWS has issued a WIND ADVISORY from 1pm-6pm for Fillmore & Winneshiek counties.
The windy conditions, combined with dead vegetation & low humidity, will also cause the fire danger to be high across the region. In fact, the NWS has issued a RED FLAG WARNING from 1pm-7pm for areas along and west of the Mississippi River. Outdoor burning plans should be postponed today and tomorrow too... as it will still be windy.
A cold front will then sweep east across the region tonight, sparking a line of showers and possibly the first t-storms of the season. At this point the window for these storms looks to be after about 8 or 9pm... through about sunrise Thursday morning. I'm not expecting any severe weather, but any t-storms that develop could cause some gusty winds, brief heavy downpours and perhaps some small hail. It will be breezy and mild tonight with lows in the 45-50º range.
It won't be as warm Thursday, but it will still be mild with highs in the low-mid 60s. It will still be windy as well with west winds 10-20, with gusts to 35 mph possible.
A secondary cold front sweeps through by Thursday night and will cool highs Friday into the upper 40s to around 50º under partly sunny skies.
Looking Ahead... Saturday still looks dry and there' still a small chance for some light rain showers late Saturday night and into Easter Sunday. There could even be some snowflakes mixed in early in the morning as temps start out in the low-mid 30s. High temps will be in the mid 50s Saturday, then low 50s Sunday.
A better chance of mainly rain showers arrives Monday and Tuesday. The models have been bouncing around with forecast temps, but it looks like we'll be close to average with highs in the 50-55º range for a good portion of next week.
Have a great Wednesday... and hang on to your hats!! -Bill Graul