StormTeam 8 Detailed Forecast

Untreated Surfaces Remain Icy This Morning

LA CROSSE, Wis - High Today: 34F / Low Tonight: 20F - Last updated Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 8:38 AM... 

Monday was a perfect example of how, when it comes to freezing drizzle, you don't need much precipitation to create a real mess. Only a "trace" of liquid was recorded at the La Crosse airport, but with temps below freezing, it was enough to cause an icy glaze on any exposed surfaces Monday and Monday evening. This meant roads, sidewalks, parking lots and car windows all became coated with ice.

Any untreated surfaces remain icy and slippery this morning. There's also some patchy freezing mist still occurring this morning in any low cloudiness or fog. Temps are below freezing this morning in the 25-30° range, so watch out for slippery spots during the morning commute. Watch your step as well.

Another weak disturbance could cause some more drizzle or freezing drizzle in some areas this afternoon into early this evening. This could cause additional slippery spots for the afternoon/evening commute, so please continue to use caution through the day and into this evening. Highs today will only be in the low-mid 30s under cloudy skies.

After the chance of freezing drizzle this evening, expect mostly to partly cloudy skies late tonight. It will be colder with morning lows ranging from the mid teens (north) to the low 20s (south).

Wednesday will be dry with much needed sunshine mixing with some clouds. Highs will be in the upper 20s to around 30°.

Looking Ahead... I have introduced a slight chance of light snow or flurries on Thursday thanks to a system tracking by to our south. This means the greatest snow chances will be in southern parts of our viewing area. Highs Thursday will be near 30°.

Another stronger storm system looks like it too will track by to our south on Friday and Saturday, but we could again get clipped with a little snow. As of now, there's a slight chance of light snow Friday afternoon through Saturday morning, with the highest chances south of I-90. If the storm should track farther north, then snow chances would increase... so stay tuned. Sunday looks dry with partly cloudy skies.

Highs will be in the mid 20s Friday, then colder air will knock highs into the upper teens to around 20° on Saturday. It gets even colder for Sunday and Monday with highs only in the teens and lows in the single digits to near zero. Some areas could even drop below zero.

Forecast models are also hinting at more of a northwest flow aloft heading into next week. The result could be chances for some clipper systems racing southeast across the region every couple days. As of now, it looks like one may impact our area later Monday or Tuesday with a chance for some light snow. Expect seasonably chilly highs in the 20s next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Have a good Tuesday... but use caution if out and about (driving or walking). -Bill Graul

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