Light Snow Through Late Evening
Near Record Cold for Some Tomorrow Night
Tonight’s Forecast Low: 25/Tomorrow’s Forecast High: 36
An upper level disturbance brought the first measurable snow to the La Crosse area today. So far amounts, have been on the minor side, with anywhere from a half inch to two inches faling across the region through early evening. While most of that snow accumulated on grassy surfaces, there are some spots where slushy accumulations have occurred. Even though amounts were light the tenth of an inch of snow we saw at the La Crosse Regional Airport at Noon eclipsed the old record of a trace, which was set in 1981.
As we head into tonight, look for light snow to continue to fall across much of the area. Additional amounts will remain under a half-inch. While most area roads are just wet, there are spots where slushy accumulations have occurred. If you are driving tonight, keep an eye out for these slushy spots. In addition, temperatures will fall into the lower to middle 20s in most areas tonight. This may cause wet roads to freeze in spots, leading to slippery spots and stretches. Again, keep an eye out for icy spots late tonight.
Light snow will begin to taper from north to south across the area after midnight, with cloudy skies taking us through the rest of the night.
We will start the new work week on a cloudy and chilly note. Look for highs in the upper 20s to middle 30s. With cold air aloft, we could see some spotty afternoon flurries, but for now, we’ll keep the forecast dry.
Record to near record cold will arrive tomorrow night as lows plummet into the teens to lower 20s. The good news is we’ll see a nearly calm wind, so wind chills will not be a problem. The record low for La Crosse on October 27th is 17 degrees, set in 1976. We are forecasting a low of 20, so it will be a close one.
We’ll see another chilly day Tuesday under a mix of clouds and sun. Look for highs in the middle to upper 30s.
Looking ahead… we finally have some good news to talk about in the temperature department. The upper level flow will transition from a northwest to more westerly flow by late week. This will bring warmer air from the Pacific Ocean to the region. As a result, expect gradually moderating temperatures. We’ll warm into the middle and upper 40s Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. By next weekend, we’ll see highs in the lower to middle 50s. These readings are what we are supposed to see this time of year. Near-normal temperatures will continue into the start of next week. Overnight lows will climb from the middle and upper 20s at the beginning of the week to the lower to middle 30s for the weekend into early next week.
We have more good news from the precipitation department. After a rather active period of weather over the past couple of weeks, things look to quiet down for next week. We can expect partly to mostly sunny skies during the day and partly cloudy nights. This is definitely some welcome news. A sneak peek at Halloween next Saturday shows a mostly sunny and breezy day, with a high in the lower to middle 50s.
Have a great night, but keep an eye out for slick roads. -WKBT Cory Malles