StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 43º / Low 32° ... Mostly cloudy and mild tonight. The warmest day of 2014 so far will occur on Monday.
Updated Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 6:20 PM...
A warm front moved through the Upper Midwest this morning. It didn't bring any precipitation with it, but it did bring clouds. This led to mostly cloudy skies today, but that didn't stop temperatures from warming above average. Thanks to breezy S/SW winds, highs today topped out in the low to mid 40s. With a high of 43°F at the La Crosse Airport, this is the warmest we've been since January 12th (although we did reach 42°F on two dates in February).
The clouds will hang on tonight as a stationary front sits to our north. With the cloud cover and SW winds, overnight lows will only drop into the upper 20s to low 30s.
Monday will be the warmest day of 2014 thus far. We'll see a mix of sun and clouds with W/SW winds. These two elements combined with a mild start to the day will help temperatures soar into the mid to upper 40s.... a few 50 degree readings will also be possible! La Crosse hasn't seen 50°F since November 17, 2013 (51°F).
Looking Ahead... Clouds will thicken again beginning Monday night. A cold front will dip a little further south out of Canada, and a hook-like storm will approach from the southwest. This will spread precipitation into the News 8 Viewing Area during the day on Tuesday. Right now, we're looking at a mix of rain/snow. However, some forecast models are suggesting an accumulation of snow behind the system. Stay tuned as we'll have a better idea of precip types and amounts in the next 24 hours or so.
Cooler air builds in mid-week with highs in the upper 30s Tuesday, low 30s on Wednesday.
Winds will shift again Thursday bringing back the near normal temperatures. Highs will be near 40 for both Thursday and Friday, but will fall into the 30s by next weekend.
Have a great night! -Michelle Poedel