Latest Storm Continues Through Sunday Evening

A strong and messy storm system will continue to impact the region through Sunday evening. Here’s the latest:

**ALERT DAYS are in effect for tonight and Sunday due to snow, rain and/or wintry mix, which could impact travel across the region.

**WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect through Sunday afternoon for far northern parts of the viewing area… including Dunn, Chippewa and Clark Counties. Wintry mix and snow… with storm totals of 4″ to 8″+ possible in parts of these counties. Highest amounts will be in northern parts of counties, with lower amounts south.

**WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect through Sunday evening for Wabasha, Pepin, Eau Claire, Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson, Monroe, Juneau & Adams Counties. Wintry mix and snow… with storm totals of 2″ to 5″ possible in parts of these counties. Highest amounts will be in northern parts of counties, with lower amounts south.

**The rest of the viewing area could also see some snow accumulations… but rain or a wintry mix will cut into snowfall potential. As of Saturday evening, it looks like the La Crosse area and points south would see anywhere from a trace (valleys) to 2″ of snow, perhaps slightly higher totals across higher terrain and ridge tops.

Strong low pressure is in NE Nebraska/NW Iowa as of Saturday evening. It’s forecast to track almost due east and slide by just south of our area. Like the storm earlier this week, this storm track is too far north for heavy snow in the La Crosse area. However, northern parts of the viewing area could see several inches through Sunday afternoon. Most areas will see more of a mixed bag… with rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow all possible with this powerful storm. Thunder is even possible in some areas with this dynamic storm system.

Temps were will into the 30s in most areas Saturday, so most saw more rain than anything else. Northern parts of the viewing area likely saw some sleet at times as well. It was also windy with easterly winds 10-20 mph, with gusts to around 30-35 mph.

Colder air wraps into the system Saturday night into Sunday… as low pressure tracks by to our south and departs to our east. This should change the precipitation back to all snow for most areas overnight and into Sunday. Additional snow accumulations could occur at this time, with highs Sunday in the low-mid 30s. It will remain windy on Sunday as well, with N/NW winds 10-20 mph, with gusts around 30 mph.

Looking Ahead… A much needed dry and calmer stretch of weather looks to be on tap for next week. As of now, it’s looking mainly dry Monday through Saturday of next week.

Expect highs next week mainly in the 30s and lows in the 20s with a mix of sun and clouds. A disturbance could bring some light rain and snow showers Saturday night into Sunday of next weekend.

Be prepared for hazardous driving conditions in areas that see significant sleet and/or snowfall.

Other than our crummy weather, I hope you all have a great rest of your holiday weekend. -Bill Graul

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