Spring snow storm moves in; 6″-10″ likely in La Crosse area
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — A storm system has approached the News 8 viewing area. Here is the latest update Wednesday night from StormTeam 8 Chief Meteorologist Cory Malles:
Another surge of moisture is heading north-northeast out of northern Iowa. This is the main show. Look for mixed precipitation to gradually transition to snow and become heavy as the night wears on.
The leading edge of heavy snow will reach La Crosse around 11:00 p.m. It will continue to expand across the rest of the area through the overnight. Snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour will be common, especially for the I-90 corridor and northward.
Some thunder is also possible. Farther south, mainly mixed precip will continue for the next few hours before transitioning to snow. 6″-10″ of snow, with heavier amounts are likely in the heaviest snow band, with amounts lowering the farther south and east from La Crosse you go.
Overall, look fro conditions to rapidly deteriorate even more as the night wears on.
Areas that are expecting the heaviest snow are under WINTER STORM WARNINGS through Noon Thursday. This includes most of the News 8 viewing area. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect through Noon Thursday for Allamakee, Crawford & Richland counties, where less snow is expected.
Expect snow to linger into Thursday morning, then taper from west to east midday into the afternoon. It will remain breezy tonight and Thursday which may reduce the visibility at times. This will be a very wet and heavy snow, so there could be some tree branch and power line issues… and perhaps some power outages. Also, use caution shoveling as this snow will be difficult to push around and lift.
Looking Ahead… A weaker system will bring a chance of light rain and snow showers Friday night into Saturday. Easter Sunday looks dry at this point. Temps will be cooler than average through the weekend with highs in the low-mid 40s.