StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 43° / Low 28°... Periods of rain today... changing to a wintry mix after about 5 or 6pm. (Much earlier N & W) Wintry mix to snow tonight with minor accumulations possible.
Last updated Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 10:15 AM....
It's going to be a sloppy Thanksgiving Thursday! In fact, La Crosse is going to have measurable precipitation for the first time since 1993 - that's 22 years ago!
A cold front will slowly track east across the area today. At the same time, a chunk of energy will move northeast along the front and bring a large area of rain. We will see high temps in the upper 30s to low 40s, but they will occur early in the day before falling into the mid-upper 30s as the day wears on.
As colder air behind the front moves in from the west, look for the rain to turn to a wintry mix or snow this afternoon in areas north and west of La Crosse. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for these areas for this afternoon and tonight and includes: Fillmore, Winona, Wabasha, Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson, Clark, Pepin, Dunn, Chippewa & Eau Claire counties. These areas have the best chance of picking up 1"-3" of snow by late tonight and roads could become slippery.
For La Crosse and points south and east, look for mainly rain through much of the day. The change over to a wintry mix likely won't occur in La Crosse until after about 5 or 6pm. The mix could then change to snow tonight as temps drop into the 20s to around 30º, but snow accumulations should be minimal... generally just a trace to 1". Still, roads could become slippery so use caution.
Once the snow tapers off later tonight, there could be a short period of freezing drizzle. This could cause a light glaze of ice on roads & sidewalks... so continue to use caution and watch out for slippery spots.
The precip should taper off/shift east by sunrise Friday but there could still be some slick spots for early morning Black Friday shoppers. Otherwise expect a chilly day with highs in the mid 30s with decreasing clouds.
Looking Ahead... The weekend looks dry and seasonably cool with highs in the mid-upper 30s. Expect lots of sun Saturday, with scattered clouds Sunday.
Another system will bring a chance of snow or a wintry mix early next week, centered around Monday night and Tuesday. Wednesday through Friday are looking dry at this point. High temps next week will be in the mid-upper 30s, with lows in the 20s.
Stay tuned for updates on the messy forecast for today and tonight... and I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving! -Bill Graul