StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 23° / Low 5°... Plenty of sunshine today, but still unseasonably cold. Clear to partly cloudy tonight and very cold.
Updated Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:35 AM...
High pressure will provide plenty of sunshine today... but it will still be unseasonably cold. Expect highs today only in the upper teens to low 20s. Temps just after midnight were around 22º in La Crosse and we'll see a high this afternoon around 23º, so our record "cold" high today of 20º set in 1964 will be safe... but it gives you an idea of how abnormally cold these temps are for this time of year.
Tonight will be very cold with clear to partly cloudy skies. Expect lows in the single digits, but favored cold spots north & east could slip a few degrees below zero. Winds will be light around 5 mph, but still could cause wind chills in the single digits below zero.
Winds turn to the south Friday in the 5-15 mph range. This will help warm temps a bit with highs in the upper 20s. Clouds will gradually increase through the day as a warm front approaches from the west. Moisture will increase from the south Friday night and could lead to areas of freezing drizzle as temps will mainly be in the 20s. This could cause some slick spots on area roads Friday night into Saturday morning, so hunters keep that in mind as you make your way out to hunting destinations.
Looking Ahead... Temps look to finally warm above freezing this weekend for the first time in 10 days... just in time for the gun deer hunting opener in Wisconsin. Expect highs Saturday in the upper 30s to around 40º, with some low-mid 40s possible Sunday.
Unfortunately with the warmer air will come plenty of clouds and a little moisture for Saturday. This could cause some drizzle during the day Saturday, along with some low clouds and fog.
The forecast models continue to advertise a more potent storm system lifting into the region from the south, that could impact the region Sunday and Monday. With temps in the low-mid 40s Sunday, most of the precip would fall as rain. Temps are then expected to drop into the low to mid 30s Sunday night and Monday... causing a wintry mix or change over to snow. We will have to keep a close eye on this system and fine tune the forecast as it gets closer to see if the region will see any accumulating snow on Monday. The storm will also really crank up the winds across the region early next week.
Flurries could linger into Tuesday morning, otherwise most of Tuesday through Thanksgiving and Friday is looking dry. The latest forecast models are hinting at a weak disturbance midweek, so I put in a small chance for some light snow showers or flurries in for Wednesday.
It also looks rather chilly again next week with highs in the 25-30º range and overnight lows mainly in the teens.
Have a great Thursday! -Bill Graul