Snow Develops This Afternoon
Snow Tonight... Perhaps a Wintry Mix For Some
Friday’s High: 26F / Tonight’s Low: 25F…
ALERT DAYS for this afternoon, tonight and Saturday… due to snow, a wintry mix and strong winds causing travel impacts across the region.
Clouds will thicken this morning, but most areas will remain dry. A storm system will approach from the west, causing snow to develop across the area from SW to NE this afternoon. It looks like the snow will arrive in the immediate La Crosse area after about 2 p.m. or so. About 1″ to 3″ of snow will be possible by evening, perhaps up to 4″ in some spots west of the Miss. River. It won’t be as cold today with highs in the mid 20s. A bit breezy with SE winds 5-15 mph and gusts to 25 mph possible.
Snow tonight, but there could be a wintry mix (light freezing rain and/or sleet) at times in some areas… especially south. Temps will remain steady in the mid 20s. Another 1″ to 3″ of snow could fall tonight, with some minor icing possible in any areas that see freezing rain or drizzle. SE winds tonight 10-20 mph, with gusts to 30 mph possible.
Snow showers will linger through about midday Saturday, with perhaps another inch or so possible. It will be windy as well with W/NW winds 10-20 mph, with gusts of 35-40 mph possible. This could cause some blowing and drifting snow, especially in open areas and across higher terrain. High temps Saturday will be in the mid-upper 20s in the morning… then fall into the teens later in the day.
Expected storm snow totals through Saturday evening: 3″ to 5″ for La Crosse and along & south of the I-90 corridor, with 4″ to 8″ possible across the north, including Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. The NWS has a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY starting at 2 p.m. today for La Crosse and points south/east. A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect north & west, where snowfall could be a bit higher and blowing snow could be more of a concern, especially across the flat/open areas of Southern Minnesota & Northern Iowa. A BLIZZARD WARNING is in effect for SW Minnesota & NW Iowa.
It will be dry, but colder Sunday with partly to mostly cloudy skies. High temps will only be in the single digits for most locations. Wind chills Saturday and Sunday nights could drop into the -10F to -30F range.
Looking Ahead… Cold Monday and Tuesday with partly to mostly sunny skies. Highs will be in the teens, with lows in the single digits below zero Monday night… but not as cold Tuesday night.
Temps get warmer for the second half of the week, but with the warmer air will come precipitation chances. There’s a chance of light snow Wednesday with highs around 30F. Chance for snow or rain/snow mix Thursday and Friday as highs climb into the mid 30s. Some snow showers could linger into Saturday morning as well.
Happy Friday… but stay tuned for further updates on the storm set to impact the area this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. -Bill Graul
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