StormTeam 8 Forecast:  High 21°/ Low 8°... Windy & colder today. Snow showers with patchy blowing snow. Windy & cold tonight with snow showers. Still some patchy blowing snow.

Last updated Monday, February 8, 2016 at 7:35 AM...

Temps were pretty mild this past weekend for early February. Highs Saturday were in the low 30s, then upper 30s to low 40s Sunday. The average high this time of year in La Crosse is 29º.

Big changes to start the week as a potent clipper-type system spins over the Great Lakes. It sent a strong cold front plunging south across the region last night, bringing snow showers and increasing NW winds. Many spots picked up .5" to 1.5" of snow overnight, so expect some slippery spots for the morning commute. NW winds 10-20 mph, with gusts to 30-35 mph will cause some areas of blowing snow, especially in favored open areas and on the ridge tops. Blowing snow will be most widespread west of the Miss. River, where a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect. It will also be much colder today with steady temps in the upper teens to low 20s.

It will be windy and cold tonight with lows in the single digits. Wind chills will be in the single digits and teens below zero. There will still be a chance of snow showers tonight, but any additional accumulations should be less than a 1/2". Patchy blowing snow will remain possible tonight with NW winds 10-20 and gusts to 25 mph.

Flurries are possible Tuesday morning, especially east as the strong low slowly pulls east away from the area. It will be cold with highs only in the low-mid teens. It will remain blustery with NW winds 10-20 and gusts to 30 mph possible.

Looking Ahead... It's going to be a cold week with highs only in the teens right through Saturday. In fact, some spots will struggle just to reach double digits for highs on Wednesday. Overnight lows will mainly be in the single digits below zero. Traditional colder spots (like BRF, Sparta & Camp Douglas) could dip into the teens below zero.

No major storm systems look to be on the horizon, but weak clipper-type disturbances could bring some light snow showers or flurries Wednesday night, late Sunday into Sunday night and again around next Tuesday.

Temps will warm back into the 20s for highs Sunday, then low 30s by the start of next week.

Have a good Monday and a great week ahead! -Bill Graul