Dangerously Cold Wind Chills Tonight

Winter Storm Watch Friday into Saturday Afternoon
Your Wednesday Evening Weather Forecast

Today’s High: 27F/Tonight’s Low: -1F

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- It was, at times, a sloppy day as periods of light snow and mixed precipitation moved across the area.

The system responsible for the mess will move east tonight. This will allow skies to clear and bitterly cold air to move into the region tonight. Look for overnight lows in the single digits above and below zero. Northwest winds in the 10-20 mph range will produce dangerously cold wind chill values of -20 to -30 late tonight into tomorrow morning. As a result, a WIND CHILL ADVISORY has been issued for areas north and west of La Crosse. Everyone else will see wind chills in the -10 to -20 range.

As we head into tomorrow, look for cold sunshine as high pressure crosses the region. Afternoon temperatures will range from the single digits to lower teens.

Clouds will slowly start to increase across the region tomorrow night in advance of a potent winter storm. Look for lows in the single digits above and below zero.

LOOKING AHEAD… the storm we’ve been talking about for several days will begin to affect the area. A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for the entire area from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Here is what the latest data is telling us. Look for snow to overspread the area Friday afternoon into the evening hours, then continue into Saturday morning before gradually ending. The snow could be heavy at times. In addition, southern sections of the area could see mixed precipitation at times as warmer air tries to get wrapped into the system. The heaviest snow totals look occur over the northwest half of the area, where up to 10 inches of snow are possible, with locally heavier amounts. Farther south, along the I-90 corridor, up to 8” are possible, with locally heavier amounts. There could even be some mixed precipitation Friday night. Farther south, mixed precipitation will keep snow totals in the 4 to 6 inch range. It should be noted that any change in the track of this system will have an impact on snow totals.

Snow will wind down Saturday morning, but gusty northwest winds will take over, which may lead to blowing and drifting snow. In addition, temperatures will start out in the 20s to lower 30s, but drop through the day as colder air wraps into the region. Look for temperatures to fall into the single digits and teens by late Saturday afternoon. Gusty winds will make it feel colder.

It will feel more like January for much of next week as dry, but cold weather takes over. Look for highs in the single digits and teens through Tuesday. Overnight lows are expected to drop below zero most spots. Temperatures moderate a bit for Thursday, rising into the 20s.

It will be even warmer by next Thursday as highs climb into the 30s. By then, we could see more mixed precipitation or snow.

Bundle up for the cold and be sure to check later forecasts on the impending winter storm as forecasts will likely be tweaked I the coming days.