StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 25° / Low 20°... Colder today with a mix of clouds & sun. Partly cloudy tonight.
Updated Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7:40 AM...
Skies cleared for a time last night, thus allowing temps to fall into the single digits to lower teens. Fortunately winds died down overnight, but there were still some wind chills around 0º in some spots early this morning. You will definitely feel a difference heading outdoors this morning. In fact, temps are about 20 to 30-degrees colder than the same time yesterday morning.
High pressure will keep the region dry today with a mix of clouds and sun. It will be more "January-like" for a change with highs in the mid 20s.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with temps not dropping too much thanks to a south breeze around 5-10 mph. Expect overnight lows around 20º in La Crosse, with some mid-upper teens north.
Clouds will gradually increase Saturday and highs will warm back into the upper 20s to low 30s. A disturbance to the west will combine with some moisture to our south to bring a chance for some light snow after midnight Saturday night and into Sunday. The forecast models have been going back and forth with how far north the snow will make it into our region, so I'm going to wait for another model run or two before getting too confident in any accumulation amounts. The models were trending the system farther south the last two days, then this morning have pulled it back much farther north. If I were to fully buy into this morning's data, then there could be some light accumulations of a dusting (north) to 2" (south). Stay tuned for updates on this system. Much colder air filters into the region Sunday with highs only in the upper teens.
Looking Ahead... Near or below average temps look to be the rule for the first several days of February. Highs next week look to be in the teens to near 20º Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mid-upper 20s are expected Tuesday. Temps could then warm quite a bit by the start of the following weekend with readings closer to 30º on Saturday.
A couple of weak clipper-type systems will race across the region Tuesday and Wednesday bringing light snow chances.
Happy Friday and have a great weekend! -Bill Graul