Brandon Weatherz: Warmer looking west today
Our Wednesday is off to a frosty start with temps near and below freezing. The good news is even the cold pockets of the Northland will stay above freezing for the rest of the forecast period after today, helping with the melting of lake ice before fishing opener. Warmer air moves in from the west today with highs ranging from near 50 for Ironwood to 70 in Brainerd. The Twin Ports will rise into mid-50s, but a wind shifting out of the east will allow temps by the lake to drop this afternoon.
A breezy and consistent east wind will take true form Thursday, and remain stubborn each day through the weekend and the start of next week. This will mean anyone spending time near Lake Superior in that period will want a jacket on hand. Meanwhile, temperatures as a region will remain near to above average with inland communities regularly warming into 50s and 60s.
A weak low pressure system will move north to south across the region later today. This first brings a chance for showers to the Arrowhead this afternoon, then near the Twin Ports and across northwest Wisconsin tonight. A low chance for isolated showers lingers Thursday and Friday. Widespread rain chances return Friday night and linger Saturday, meaning a potentially wet Wisconsin Fishing Opener. Periods of rain remain possible Sunday and into the start of next week. Fortunately, anything that forms will only be rain with no snow and no severe thunderstorms expected.
Today: Mostly cloudy. High 56. W wind becoming E 5-10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a stray shower possible. Low 37. E wind 5-10 mph.
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and breezy. High 49. E wind 10-20 mph.
Tomorrow night: Cloudy with areas of fog and a slight chance for showers. Low 37. E wind 10-20 mph.
Friday: Cloudy and breezy with a slight chance for showers. High 45. E wind 15-20 mph. Chance of rain: 20%
Saturday: Cloudy and breezy with showers. High 49. E wind 10-20 mph. Chance of rain: 50%
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a chance for showers. High 53. E wind 10-20 mph. Chance of rain: 40%
Monday: Cloudy and breezy with showers. High 54. E wind 10-20 mph. Chance of rain: 50%
Tuesday: Cloudy and breezy with a chance for showers. High 57. E wind 10-20 mph. Chance of rain: 30%.