StormTeam 8 Forecast:  High 43° / Low 24°... Partly cloudy, breezy & colder today. Mostly clear tonight. Coldest night so far this season.

Updated Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:35 AM... 

A strong cold front raced south across the region last evening... opening the flood gates for the coldest air so far this season on gusty north winds. In fact, winds gusted 30-40 mph in most spots overnight. Some spots (Juneau & Adams counties & parts of Clark, Jackson, Monroe, Eastern Vernon & Richland counties) even saw a quick snow shower early this morning. There were even some minor accumulations of a dusting to a 1/2" on grassy surfaces and vehicles parked outside.

Temps this morning are in the low 30s, but mid 20s are common west of the Miss. River. We'll see some sun today, but it's going to be breezy and chilly with highs only in the low-mid 40s. Far northern sections of the area might have to struggle just to reach 40º.

High pressure builds into the region tonight. This will cause the winds to relax a bit for this evening, but they'll still be from the north around 5-15 mph. For Trick-or-Treating, expect temps in the low 40s at 4pm... dropping into the low-mid 30s by 8pm. It will be mostly clear & dry, but those winds will cause wind chills to drop into the mid 20s. Make sure the kiddos have lots of layers under their costumes and some gloves to protect the fingers would be a good idea as well.

Otherwise, overnight we will see the coldest temps so far this season with clear skies and lighter winds. Morning lows will be in the low-mid 20s... producing the first killing freeze for the La Crosse area this Fall. Areas to the north and east could see lows in the mid-upper teens. Brrr!

High pressure will provide lots of sun Saturday, but it will still be cool with highs in the upper 40s. Winds will turn around to the south around 5-10 mph.

South winds increase for Sunday, making for a breezy day... but they'll also help warm highs into the seasonable 50-55º range under partly cloudy skies.

Looking Ahead... A storm system will track near the region to start next week, producing a chance of rain showers on Monday and perhaps lingering into Tuesday morning.

Another weak system will slide by to our north midweek and it looks like most of its precip will stay to our north. Far northern parts of the area could get clipped by some brief showers Wednesday night.

Yet another weak system could bring some small rain chances late in the week around Friday and Saturday.

Temps next week will be typical for early November with highs mainly in the 50-55º range and lows mainly in the 35-40º range.

Have a great Friday and a Happy & safe Halloween! -Bill Graul