Bitterly Cold Today, Tonight & Wednesday

Tuesday’s High: 11F / Tonight’s Low: -2F – Last updated Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 8:10 AM…

The coldest air of the season so far has arrived this morning, with temps in the single digits above and below zero. W/NW winds 5-10 mph are causing wind chills in the -10F to -20F range for many early this morning.

It will be much colder today with a mix of sun and clouds. With the air so cold, it won’t take much to squeeze out a few flurries in spots. Highs today will range from the single digits (north) to teens (south). The high should be right around 10F or so in the La Crosse area.

Tonight will be bitterly cold with lows in the single digits above and below zero, even around -10F in far northern parts of the viewing area. Winds won’t be overly strong from the SW around 5-10 mph, but will still push wind chills into the -10F to -20F range for many, even as cold as -30F far north.

Because of the chance for wind chills in the -20F to -30F range in far northern parts of the viewing area, the NWS has issued a WIND CHILL ADVISORY for Eau Claire, Pepin, Dunn, Chippewa & Clark counties for tonight through Wednesday morning. Wind chills this cold can cause frostbite in as little as 10-15 minutes, so be sure to bundle up and limit time spent outdoors. Also, don’t forget about your pets and/or livestock.

Even with plenty of sunshine, Wednesday will still be cold with highs in the upper single digits to low-mid teens.

Looking Ahead… It won’t be as cold Thursday through Saturday, but with the warmer air will come a couple of chances for snow.

One disturbance will bring a good chance of snow after midnight Wednesday night… and into Thursday. Light snow accumulations (inch or two?) will be possible. Highs Thursday will be in the upper 20s.

Friday will be mainly cloudy, but also mainly dry. Temps will be warmer Friday with highs in the mid 30s. Another system will then bring a chance of more snow Friday night into Saturday. Highs Saturday will slip back into the 20s.

Sunday will be partly sunny and colder with highs in the mid-upper teens. Partly sunny and not quite as cold Monday with highs in the low-mid 20s.

Slight chance of light snow showers or flurries later Tuesday into Tuesday night. Highs Tuesday will be in the mid 20s. A bit warmer next Wednesday with highs in the low-mid 30s, under partly sunny skies.

Have a good Tuesday… but be sure to bundle up and stay warm! -Bill Graul

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