ALERT DAY – Light Snow & Wintry Mix Today
Light Snow & Mix Chances Continue Through Friday
Wednesday’s Forecast High: 34F / Tonight’s Low: 30F…
ALERT DAY today due to expected travel impacts caused by light snow and/or a wintry mix. This will especially be the case this morning in northern & western parts of the viewing area, where the precipitation has been steadiest. The NWS has several counties north and west of La Crosse under a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, which has been extended through this evening. Roads will likely be slippery due to light snow accumulations and the chance for a light glaze of ice. Allow extra travel time in these areas and use caution.
It won’t be as cold today with highs in the low-mid 30s, but of course the trade off is the warmer air comes with periods of snow or a wintry mix. It will be breezy as well, especially this morning, with south winds 10-15 mph and gusts to 25 mph.
Snowfall accumulations through this evening will be on the light side for most. Right now it’s looking like around 1″ or less for La Crosse and points south & east. Higher totals of 1″ to 3″ will be possible through this evening north and west. An isolated 4″ amount cannot be ruled out.
Cloudy tonight with periods of light snow. Lows will be in the upper 20s to around 30F. Minor additional accumulations around 1″ to 2″ will be possible in many areas. Thursday will remain cloudy with periods of light snow or a wintry mix still likely. Highs Thursday will be in the mid 30s. Any additional snow accumulations on Thursday will likely be less than an inch.
Friday will continue to be cloudy with the chance for light snow showers, perhaps mixed with light rain showers or sleet at times. Highs Friday will again be in the mid 30s.
Looking Ahead… Above average temperatures will stick around through the 8-day period. In fact, I’m not seeing any significant cold air for our area all the way through about Feb. 5th. The high temps over the next 8 days will mainly be in the 36-40F range, which is about 10 to 13 degrees above average for this time of year. My forecast overnight lows through the period would normally be typical high temps in later January.
Flurries could linger in spots early Saturday, otherwise most of the weekend and Monday look dry… but also mostly cloudy. Another system will bring a chance of snow or rain/snow mix starting later Tuesday. That system then looks to impact our area on Wednesday with snow or a rain/snow mix… and precipitation could linger into Thursday as well.
Have a good Wednesday… and be sure to stay tuned for updates on the wintry weather impacting the area. -Bill Graul
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