LA CROSSE, Wis - High Today: 37° / Low Tonight: 32º... Last updated Monday, January 16, 2017 at 6:18 PM
It was a treacherous day to be on the roads across the area thanks to a storm system to our south. This system brought a slug of warm and moist air into the region. As this warmer air a few thousand feet up ran into the the colder dome of air over the region, it produce a widespread area of freezing rain. As a result, many area roads, especially side roads and lesser traveled roads are ice covered and extremely hazardous.
Look for freezing rain and/or rain to continue into the La Crosse area tonight. As slightly warmer air moves in, we may end up seeing more rain in the city than freezing rain. Rain is likely in the south. However... between .1" and .2" of ice has fallen in these areas during the day. It will take several hours for the ice to melt. As a result, roads are expected to remain hazardous through the night. Farther north, look for freezing rain to eventually change to sleet and light snow later tonight. Far northern areas could pick up a quick 1"-3" of snow.
Needless to say, travel will be very hazardous across the region tonight and should be avoided if possible. Also remember that sidewalks, parking lots and alley ways are iced over and slippery in many spots.
A light wintry mix could linger into Tuesday morning, but it looks like the bulk of the precip will shift east of our area by midday. Untreated roads could still be slippery Tuesday morning. Otherwise expect mostly cloudy skies most of the day with highs in the mid 30s.
Looking Ahead... Are you ready for a January thaw?!? Temps will be above average for the long haul with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s Wednesday and Thursday. It also looks dry those two days.
It then gets a bit unsettled Friday through Monday with periodic chances for mainly light rain showers as highs will be in the 40-45º range. Temps at night could slip into the 30-35º range, so a little snow or wintry mix could occur in some spots. The best chance for widespread precip during this stretch will be Saturday and Sunday.
Have a great night! Stay safe! -Cory Malles