StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 48º / Low 33° ... Even warmer today with sunny to partly cloudy skies. Becoming cloudy tonight with a slight chance of a wintry mix towards morning.
Updated Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7:40 AM...
We finally melted some snow & ice across the region over the past 3 days. The high Friday in La Crosse was 39º, then cooler Saturday at 33º... but lots of sunshine helped melt a little snow, then 44º was the high yesterday. That 44º was the warmest temp in La Crosse since Nov. 30th of last year when it was 47º. In other words, it was the warmest day in 99 days!!
Today should be the warmest day yet with highs in the upper 40s. In fact, my forecast high is 48º, which would be the warmest day in La Crosse since mid-November. We should see plenty of sunshine as well, with perhaps some clouds developing in some areas this afternoon. A cool front will slide southeast across the region midday, but do little more than shift our winds from the SW to NW around 5-15 mph.
Skies become cloudy tonight in advance of a system moving into the Central Plains. There's a slight chance some light rain or a wintry mix could develop towards morning... especially west of the Miss. River. Temps tonight will drop to near freezing.
The low will slide by well to our south on Tuesday, but moisture will try to lift north into our area and bring a chance for some rain and snow, perhaps even some sleet in spots as well. The best chance for seeing this precip tomorrow will be near and south of I-90. It will be cooler with highs in the mid-upper 30s. Some spots could see some minor slushy snow accumulations ranging from a trace to 1". The best chance for seeing up to an inch of snow will be south & west of La Crosse, especially Fillmore and Winneshiek counties. Minor if any snow accumulations are expected in the immediate La Crosse area at this time, but stay tuned for updates.
Looking Ahead... It will be even cooler Wednesday with highs in the upper 20s to low 30s. There could be a few flurries in spots as well. Temps then rebound back close to average with highs in the low 40s Thursday through Saturday with partly sunny skies. Temps then fall back into the mid-upper 30s for highs Sunday and into the start of next week.
It looks mainly dry at this point Thursday through Sunday. A system approaches from the west later in the day on Monday (St. Patrick's Day) with a slight chance of rain or snow. The system then slides east across the region Tuesday with a higher chance for some rain or snow.
Have a nice Monday and a great week! -Bill Graul